Spider-Man with Cap's shield in Civil War

In just one week's time Spider-Man: Homecoming will finally be upon us. The film will give Peter Parker a more glorified entrance into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, following his small role in Captain America: Civil War. And with early critical reception at a high, many are already looking forward to the film's eventual sequel. And while we'll have to wait a year or so before it hits theaters, a few details are already coming out about Spidey's second solo film. Specifically, that it will pick up almost immediately after the fourth Avengers movie.

Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige has been making the rounds of interviews ahead of Spider-Man: Homecoming's release. In one recent interview with Fandom, he clarified the timeline of the MCU's future projects, and revealed when Spider-Man's second movie will fit into the narrative of the shared universe.

What I think we should focus on is this Spider-Man who started in Civil War and then has this movie, and then will be in the Avengers movie. And we are starting now the next one which will start a few minutes after Avengers 4 wraps as a story.

Well, this is pretty wild. It looks like we've got our first bit of information about Phase Four of the MCU, and it's going to begin just minutes after the conclusion of the fourth Avengers movie. So just like Peter Parker was expected to return to Queens after the events of Civil War, he'll likely have to do the exact same after whatever chaos ensues in Avengers 4.

While Marvel Studios has typically announced its schedule of films in advance, they've changed their modus operandi for the upcoming Phase Four. So far the only film that we know is definitely happening is Spider-Man's second solo movie. Other than that, there are no titles or release dates currently announced, making the entire shared universe feel very much in limbo.

Of course, this is likely because Phase Four's film schedule would give away the events of the next two Avengers movies. Contracts are up for the most of the original Avengers, leading many to believe that at least one character isn't going to make it out of the battle with Thanos alive. In particular, it seems like either Iron Man or Captain America won't make it out alive, as both Chris Evans and Robert Downey Jr. would need to re-up their contracts for Phase Four.

Regardless, it's exciting to see how Spider-Man's solo adventures will be so connected to the MCU's large ensemble projects. While we've heard he won't be in all that much of Infinity War, perhaps this will change with the fourth Avengers. Otherwise, how would the story be able to pick up just minutes afterward?

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

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