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It's a good weekend for Marvel fans. Because Spider-Man: Homecoming has finally released its first trailer, bringing your favorite web slinger back to the silver screen after an excellent introduction in Captain America: Civil War. The trailer itself was pretty fantastic, showing a new younger perspective on the MCU, as well as a fantastic dynamic between Tony Stark and Peter Parker. Plus, Spidey has his classic web wings again. But many have been wondering about where Spider-Man: Homecoming fits into the larger Marvel Cinematic Universe, especially regarding the overall timeline. Well, now we may have an idea, thanks for a close re-watch of the trailer.
One redditor took a close look at the Spider-Man trailer, and noticed that Tony Stark has a black eye during his scenes with Peter. In fact, it's the same black eye he had at the end of Captain America: Civil War, meaning that Spidey's solo flick is likely set immediately after the events of Cap's third adventure. Check it out yourself.
Coincidence? I think not.
This is pretty exciting news for fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Part of what makes the franchise, which has already released 14 films, so great is that the stories and characters are interconnected. Every crossover and reference validates our time and money, and helps you feel like you're apart of something bigger. Tony's face in Spider-Man: Homecoming means we'll likely get an update on the state of The Avengers and The Sokovia Accords, which is surely something that audiences have been wondering about.
Iron Man's inclusion is a huge selling point for Spider-Man: Homecoming. While Tom Holland was fantastic in Captain America: Civil War and surely captured the attention of moviegoers, having a more integral member of The Avengers included in the movie will help to bring in audiences who are fans of Robert Downey Jr.'s signature character. Additionally, it doesn't seem like Iron Man 4 is happening anytime soon, so these type of roles are essentially the only way that we can see Iron Man's character progressing. Tony and Peter's interaction in the trailer is downright hilarious, and I'm hoping we'll be able to see the heroes united against Shocker or The Vulture sometime during the film's run.
Spider-Man: Homecoming will help expand the Marvel Cinematic Universe from what we've previously seen. For the first time we will see how the average citizen feels about living in a world full of heroes. Additionally, Peter Parker's home and school in Queens will feature a diverse cast of characters, helping the MCU to feel more inclusive.
Spider-Man: Homecoming will fly into theaters July 7th, 2017.