Spider-Man: Homecoming Just Added A UFC Champ

Spider-Man Homecoming

If Spider-Man: Homecoming doesn't go down in cinematic history as having one of the biggest movie casts ever, I will be shocked. For over two months, the Web-Slinger's latest movie has been announcing news names almost every week, but it's not just actors and comedians who will be participating. Fresh off winning the UFC Welterweight Championship, Tyron Woodley has revealed he's appearing in Spider-Man: Homecoming.

During his recent appearance on The MMA Hour (via SpiderManNews), Woodley vaguely revealed that he's heading to Georgia later this week for a Marvel movie. He said:

I don't know if I can even say this, but I'm working on a Marvel movie on Thursday in Atlanta.

No, he didn't outright mention Spider-Man: Homecoming, but since that's the only Marvel movie that's currently shooting in Atlanta, Georgia right now, it looks like we'll be seeing be seeing him in the Marvel Cinematic Universe come 2017. Aside from his mixed martial arts career, Tyron Woodley has been getting involved in Hollywood recently, playing T-Bone in Straight Outta Compton and appearing soon in Kickboxer: Vengeance. He also did stunts in both those movies, as well as Olympus Has Fallen.

Tyron Woodley

Because he didn't provide any details about his "work" on the Marvel movie, it's hard to say whether Woodley will just be doing stunt work or if he'll play a character who speaks. Who knows, maybe he'll just play himself in a match that Tom Holland's Peter Parker is watching. Whoever he ends up playing, the crew would be wise to take advantage of his athleticism. In fact, how cool would it be to see him fight the Wall-Crawler at some point during the movie? It's also worth noting that Woodley isn't the first UFC champ to appear in a Marvel movie, as Georges St-Pierre played Batroc the Leaper in Captain America: The Winter Soldier.

While Tyron Woodley's recent UFC win undoubtedly will help drum up some extra publicity for his Spider-Man: Homecoming appearance, he's still just another participant in the movie whose involvement is being kept under wraps by the production. San Diego Comic-Con helped shed a little more light on this front, as we learned who some of Peter Parker's high school classmates will be, like Laura Harrier as Liz Allan and Tony Revolori as Flash Thompson. Nevertheless, there are still plenty of mysteries, including whether or not Michael Keaton is playing The Vulture, who Logan Marshall-Green and Bokeem Woodbine's villain characters are and any inkling of who the other 20+ actors (I slightly exaggerate) are playing.

Spider-Man: Homecoming will spin its web in theaters on July 7, 2017.

Adam Holmes
Senior Content Producer

Connoisseur of Marvel, DC, Star Wars, John Wick, MonsterVerse and Doctor Who lore. He's aware he looks like Harry Potter and Clark Kent.