Although Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is the next MCU installment to hit theaters, the latest buzz is all about Spider-Man: Homecoming. The Queens-based coming of age story will follow Tom Holland's Peter Parker as he attempts to navigate his adolescence and blossoming superhero career. Fans of the MCU are particularly excited to see Robert Downey Jr.'s Tony Stark as a supporting character and mentor figure for Peter. But there's also the question of love in the air, as Tony made it clear how hot he thought Aunt May (Marisa Tomei) was in Captain America: Civil War. So will this flirtation continue in Homecoming?
No. No, no, no, no. I thought after Civil War that maybe that could happen, but not anymore.
Sorry shippers, it looks like Tony Stark isn't going to become Spider-Man's Step Uncle anytime soon. But wouldn't that be some type of plot twist?
Tony Stark and Aunt May really seemed to hit it off in Captain America: Civil War. In a scene that brought a moment of much needed levity, we saw Stark all nice and cozy on the couch with Aunt May when Peter unknowingly got home from dumpster diving. After some flirtation, the two heroes retired to Peter's bedroom and their alliance was formed.
Many fans were hoping that this spark might grow into something more substantial. With Gwyneth Paltrow's Pepper Potts essentially written out of the MCU indefinitely, Tony would presumably be single and ready to mingle. Alas, it's not going to happen. And with major threats like Thanos on the horizon, I suppose the time for frivolities like romance are in the past for characters like Iron Man.
Logistically, it also makes sense to not move forward with the Tony/May (ToMay?) plot line. With Robert Downey Jr.'s contract still a bit fuzzy, it's unclear how long he and main stays like Chris Evans will remain in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. So if RDJ does end up parting ways with the franchise, it's best that no new plot lines will be left unfinished.
And although ToMay won't be a plot line of Spider-Man: Homecoming, the movie still has a ton to offer. Spider-Man and Iron Man will be facing off against Michael Keaton's Vulture, who plays a scientist with a vendetta against the billionaire playboy turned superhero. The film will also deal with the after affects of Civil War, especially Tony's move to include a teenager in such a wholly adult conflict. Peter is expected to go back to high school, but he knows there's a power and ability within him that is so much larger.
Spider-Man: Homecoming will swing into theaters on July 7, 2017.