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The Marvel Cinematic Universe is on a bit of a precipice at the moment. With only a few films left in Phase 3, the future of the MCU is largely a mystery, as it will depend on the events of Infinity War and Avengers 4. Just about the only movie we know is definitely coming in the next phase of films is the sequel to Spider-Man: Homecoming, featuring Tom Holland in his second go as a leading man. Given the wild success of the first film, many fans have been hoping that director Jon Watts would return for a sequel, and now it appears he just might.

The news broke on Twitter this afternoon, and has yet to receive an actual confirmation from the studio. Brazil's Comic-Con is today, and Marvel reportedly announced Jon Watt's return as the director of Homecoming's sequel. The news was reportedly broken by Kevin Feige himself, during the very popular Marvel panel. But considering how successful the first film was, this should come as no surprise.

If legitimate, Jon Watts would be the latest in a line of Marvel directors who have returned for sequels after knocking it out of the park during their first go. James Gunn has complete control over the Guardians of the Galaxy franchise, and the Russo Brothers have directed the last two Captain America movies, in addition to their work on the upcoming Avengers films. Marvel likes to keep things in house, and Watts has already proven his worth through Spider-Man: Homecoming.

Because Homecoming is currently 2017's highest grossing superhero movie, of which there were many. The web slinger's third franchise had to edge out competition in the form of Justice League and Thor: Ragnarok, both of which were highly anticipated before their respective releases. But Tom Holland's introduction from Captain America: Civil War was one of the highlights of the threequel, and Spider-Man has always been one of Marvel's most popular characters. Now that he's officially in the MCU and finally age appropriate, there are plenty of moviegoers who are eager to shell out the cash to see him do battle in New York.

Of course, we'll have to wait for a more concrete confirmation from Marvel Studios to be sure if Jon Watts will return. Watts has been in talks to direct the highly anticipated sequel seemingly since Homecoming arrived in theaters. Watts was able to truly capture the naivety and youth of Peter Parker, in a way that the previous two franchises never really could. And Holland's fantastic performance and gymnastic abilities only helped this, and brought a fresh and new take on Spidey that comic book fans have been hoping for.

Tom Holland's Spider-Man will next swing into action in Avengers: Infinity War, which arrives in theaters May 4, 2018. In the meantime, check out our 2018 release list to plan your trips to the movies in the New Year.

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