There has not been a new Spider-Man trilogy since Spider-Man 3 concluded the last franchise in 2007. Sony Pictures attempted this with The Amazing Spider-Man and The Amazing Spider-Man 2 with plans for a third film, but that never came to fruition once Spider-Man joined the Marvel cinematic universe. Sony and Marvel Studios made a joint agreement that effectively killed any plans Sony may have had for a Spider-Man cinematic universe. Now, on the verge of the release of the film Spider-Man Homecoming for home release, the character’s first solo movie in the Marvel cinematic universe, new plans are in place for a brand new Spider-Man trilogy.
So says Peter Parker/Spider-Man himself, Tom Holland, anyway.“Yes, there is what we call the arc of the character,” Holland said. “There is still a lot of room for Peter Parker and Spider-Man, especially, to grow in the next two movies.” At this current point, Parker is only beginning his high school career. He could still experience the temptation to do drugs. That may land him in a rehab for heroin. There are no plans to immediately jump to high school graduation after the end of the first or second movies in order to move the character into college. Eric Carroll, one of the producers of Spider-Man Homecoming, even said as much.
“We really want to do multiple movies where he’s in high school,” Carroll said. This is definitely the key to the character in most of the comics. In the comics, Peter Parker/Spider-Man often has more than one or two adventures in high school. It is where Parker learns to be the Spider-Man that we all know and love, meets the love of his life and develops relationships with all of his foes.
“He’s definitely not the finished article by the end of Spider-Man Homecoming and I really look forward to exploring the different ways he can grow up and … go through puberty, I guess,” Holland said. “It’s going to be an exciting couple of movies.” The life of Peter Parker is indeed a long and complex one with plenty of more adventures coming before he even finishes high school. It’s good he doesn’t need a rehab for heroin and stayed away from drugs. Who wants to see their favorite web slinger grow up so quickly, anyhow? There’s much more teenage awkwardness still to come.
And Peter Parker/Spider-Man still has to be mentored by the great Tony Stark/Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) too. Spider-Man Homecoming hits theaters July 7.
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