Spider-Man: Homecoming is almost here! Spidey’s first solo feature in the Marvel Cinematic Universe has us unbelievably excited. But, there are some lingering questions we feel need to be answered. Here are the five we think are the most important.
Who Is Donald Glover Playing?
We’ve seen Donald Glover show up in a few trailers for Spider-Man: Homecoming, but we don’t have any confirmation on who he is playing. He’s been spotted giving Peter advice on how to be Spider-Man, but also standing next to the crooks in Vulture‘s outfit. What could this mean?
Many fans believe he is either Miles Morales or Miles’s dad, Jefferson Davis. Glover actually voiced Morales in an episode of Ultimate Spider-Man. However, a more interesting theory is that he is The Prowler. This character was once a criminal but eventually reformed and became a hero. He’s also been a long-time ally of Spider-Man in the comics. Seeing as how Glover looks to be involved with the film’s criminal element as well as helping out Spider-Man, The Prowler would be a perfect bridge between these two worlds. Plus, it would make sense that he could help Spider-Man out since he knows a little something about being a masked vigilante.
Is Venom Connected to This Movie?
We’re getting Venom starring Tom Hardy as Eddie Brock. That’s pretty amazing. But, Venom has always been deeply linked to Spider-Man and his world. Does this mean Venom is going to show up in the Marvel Cinematic Universe?
At this point, signs point to no. Without getting too much into the legal issues between Sony and Marvel, it’s clear that Venom is going to be its own thing. The studio has said that Venom will be an R-rated horror film and that doesn’t jive with the tone and formula of the MCU. Sony wants to build its own universe of characters using the heroes and villains they hold the rights to. Right now, that is all the characters from Spider-Man’s world. Will Venom and Spider-Man eventually cross paths? Hopefully, yes. But, if they do, they won’t be joined by anyone else in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Is Zendaya Actually Mary Jane?
This is one fans are going nuts over. Zendaya has been cast in the movie as “Michelle,” a classmate of Peter’s. But, early reports had her listed as Mary Jane Watson. Is this true?
My money is on yes. There have been a few mentions from the cast and creators that imply that Zendaya is actually Mary Jane. Tom Holland made a remark about her playing a role that is traditionally white. That sounds like Mary Jane. Could “Mary” be a nickname for Michelle? Stranger things have happened! Not to mention that the last two Spider-Man films focused on Peter’s relationship with Gwen Stacy and completely omitted Mary Jane. Thel likelihood of her returning is this is very high, and it’s probably being saved as a reveal for the final film.
Will This Setup Avengers: Infinity War?
Tony Stark‘s involvement in the story certainly begs the question. We know that Peter will appear in Avengers: Infinity War but will Spider-Man: Homecoming set in motion any big events for the third Avengers film?
Probably! The trailers for Spider-Man: Homecoming shows that Stark’s suit he makes for Peter gets taken back. Eventually, Peter has to use a homebrew costume in order to fight the Vulture at the end of the film. Storytelling logic dictates that he’ll get a new suit from Stark by the film’s end, and we know he’s got such a suit in Avengers: Infinity War. Could Stark have Peter suit up because there’s a much bigger threat (read: Thanos) to deal with?
What Is the Post-Credits Tease?
The post-credits scene has become a tradition for Marvel movies. Spider-Man: Homecoming will definitely have one, but what exactly will it be?
In regards to the last question, it could set up Avengers: Infinity War. The only movies left before that epic showdown are Thor: Ragnarok and Black Panther. It’s unlikely Spider-Man: Homecoming will connect to those in any way. But, since Spidey is in Avengers: Infinity War, it would make sense to get audiences excited for his next appearance in a movie.
However, it’s also possible that the post-credits tease will set up Sony’s own Spiderverse films. Could it be a tease for Venom? Is there a teaser that the studio might insert at the last second to get fans excited for Venom? Maybe – and that would be awesome – but a connection to Avengers: Infinity War is more likely.
We’ll have answers to all these questions soon enough when Spider-Man: Homecoming hits theaters on July 7.