Iron Man and Spider-Man traveling through New York

In just a few more weeks, Spider-Man's first solo movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe will be upon us. Spider-Man: Homecoming is one of the most highly anticipated films in Phase Three, as the fandom is thrilled to see Peter Parker finally joining the MCU. And aside from that excitement, Homecoming has the distinction of featuring the leader of the entire franchise, Robert Downey Jr.'s Iron Man. The inclusion of Tony Stark and Happy Hogan has helped establish the solo film as a big chapter in the shared universe, and now it looks like more Avengers might show up in eventual sequels.

Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige recently opened up to THR ahead of the release of Spider-Man: Homecoming. And in addition to reporting information revealed by Feige, the outlet also made reference to the inevitable sequel. According to their sources, it looks like the second film will feature another major MCU figure, similar to the star power that RDJ is providing with Iron Man's presence in Homecoming. Sounds like the Spider-Man franchise is going to be crossover heavy, which should delight the hardcore fandom.

And with news that another MCU figure will likely play a large role in Spider-Man's second solo film, the time has come to debate as to which character it might be. Peter Parker probably isn't traveling all that far from Queens, so whichever hero shows up, they'll have to make their way through the city that never sleeps. Spider-Man's second movie will likely be in the fourth phase of films, so the events of Infinity War will likely factor heavily into who teams up with Spider-Man. We'll have to see which characters make it out of the battle with Thanos alive.

That being said, I'd probably prefer if one of the less superpowered heroes teamed up with Spider-Man next. Iron Man has a ton of power and money at his disposal, so it would be a welcomed juxtaposition to team Peter up with some of the more modest characters. Perhaps someone like Jeremy Renner's Hawkeye would work. Hawkeye has never been given enough to do in the MCU, so this would be a great chance to feature the OG Avenger. Plus he has kids of his own, and could have an emotional response to working with the young Peter Parker.

It's also possible that these early reports are false. Both Sony and Marvel studios have a ton of projects coming down the pipeline, so it's quite early to confirm a future crossover filled Spider-Man movie. The studios will likely take cues from the critical and fan response to Homecoming before planning out the sequel. So we'll just have to see how people actually feel about Tony Stark's presence in Homecoming.

Spider-Man: Homecoming will arrive in theaters on July 7th, 2017. Be sure to check our full 2017 release list to plan your next trip to the movies.

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