Which MCU Character will star in Spider-Man: Homecoming 2?
We all know that Robert Downey Jr appears as Tony Stark (aka Iron Man) in the upcoming SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING. Not only that, but if you’ve seen the posters you’ll also know that Happy Hogan (Jon Favreau) plays a part, and the trailer gives away a little cameo for Steve Rogers (Chris Evans).
But what about SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING 2 - can we expect any other MCU heroes to join Tom Holland’s Peter Parker? Yes! Apparently we can!
News has come that part of the deal between Marvel and Sony ensures an MCU character will feature in the next Spidey outing.
But who? Well, right now, the only thing we know for certain, it’s not RDJ!
Of course, between SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING and it’s sequel, we have two very important films coming out - AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR, and the as-yet-untitled AVENGERS 4. These films are game-changers, and it’s expected that not all our beloved heroes will make it out alive. Is that why it's 'definitely not’ Downey Jr? Maybe!
Below are the 10 best options for who might co-star in the next Spiderflick. In reverse order…
10. Scarlett Johansson as Natasha Romanoff / Black Widow
The name ‘Black Widow' certainly fits with the spider theme, but otherwise, I don’t really see the two characters as a great fit. It’s certainly possible, Scarlett Johansson is one of the biggest female stars in film today, not to mention one of the frontrunners of the MCU. However, I’m pretty certain we’ll be getting BLACK WIDOW movie early post-Phase 3, and I feel for Romanoff to appear under Spider-Man would to admit defeat on that. To that end, I’m including her as an option, but she’s less likely.
9. Sebastian Stan as James Barnes / Captain America
Look, we’re all thinking it - INFINITY WAR will 'probably’ mark the end of Steve Rogers, and so a new Captain America will pick up the shield. As much as I’d like Sam Wilson to become the new Cap, Sebastian Stan is next in line. And for us to come to love Stan’s Bucky in the same way we love Chris Evans’ Rogers - we’re going to have to get to know him better, possibly in a film offering a lighter tone. That said, I’m pretty certain, if Stan is to become the next Captain America, it’ll happen in a CAPTAIN AMERICA 4. (that I reckon will be one of the 2020 films). IF (a big if) Bucky becomes the Cap during the AVENGERS films, then that makes his appearance here all the more possible.
8. Elizabeth Olsen as Wanda Maximoff / Scarlet Witch
Right, I’ll be honest, I don’t know where the character of Scarlet Witch is going… and don’t even know if she’ll make it through the fight against Thanos (whereas I’m pretty sure Vision won’t make it through). I don’t think she’s a character that automatically offers herself as a lead, which means she’ll have to continue playing support to others. For me, a better fit would be DOCTOR STRANGE 2, but I don’t think we can discount her as on option for the Spider sequel.
7. Paul Rudd as Scott Lang / Ant-Man
I think Spider-Man and Ant-Man share a style in humour, and one could easily crossover into the other’s movies. The pair could have a lot of fun together. Mind you, Ant-Man is a leading character, and presumably will be due for an ANT-MAN 3 somewhere after Phase 3. That makes me think it won’t be Scott Lang that appears, rather focussing on a character that won’t headline themselves. Still, that aside, I’d class Ant-Man as one of the best fits.
6. Evangeline Lilly as Hope Van Dyne / Wasp
We’ve been waiting a long time for Wasp to enter the shared universe. Joss Whedon wanted to include the character as in THE AVENGERS, before Black Widow was used, having already been introduced. Then in ANT-MAN, we finally got Hope Van Dyne, but only a hint towards her future as Wasp. We will eventually get to see Lilly in costume in next year’s ANT-MAN AND THE WASP, making her the first female character to be included in the title, before joining the fight against Thanos in AVENGERS 4. I think Marvel will want to make the most of her, and whilst initially unlikely to lead her own film, and without ANT-MAN 3 to immediately step into… I think the next film for Spider-Man would be a nice little stepping stone, and makes her a bit more likely than Ant-Man. The one negative though, whilst Spider-Man and Wasp fit, I’m not convinced Holland and Lilly are a natural match for a movie.
5. Samuel L Jackson as Nick Fury
There was a time that it’d be a shock if Samuel L Jackson didn’t pop in for a cameo. With the downfall of SHIELD, Nick Fury doesn’t get much to do. If fact, he hasn’t been seen since 2015’s AGE OF ULTRON. He is due for an appearance in INFINITY WAR, with rumours of part in CAPTAIN MARVEL for him to. Maybe he’s started to do the rounds again? Maybe, considering Fury was the one that put the Avengers together, he’ll want to check out the latest recruit (he surely will be, following the battle against Thanos?). Fury can slip easily into any film… and I’m sure Jackson will love a shot at co-starring with Marvel’s best known hero.
4. Don Cheadle as James Rhodes / War Machine.
It might feel like a cop out, but also would make a little bit of sense. Assuming Stark does bite the dust in INFINITY WAR, his best mate Rhodes might wish to look over the kid. Of course, War Machine is, essentially, a different looking Iron Man, so wouldn’t offer much in a new way, but - again assuming Rhodes survives - Marvel will need to offer Cheadle an appearance without any IRON MAN films on the agenda. Not my favourite choice, but I certainly wouldn’t be surprised this is where it went.
3. Jeremy Renner as Clint Barton / Hawkeye
A lot of people will make this assumption. Barton (and indeed Renner) have been somewhat short-changed when it comes to movie appearances. He got nothing between the first two Avenger outings, but did get to take sides (#TeamCap) in CIVIL WAR. He’ll be back in INFINITY WAR (along with everyone else!) and there were rumours that he might play a part in ANT-MAN AND THE WASP. Again, Hawkeye isn’t likely to headline his own film, but being one of the original Avengers, his presence in other people’s films would pack a punch somewhat. Hawkeye and Spider-Man aren’t a terrible pairing either. Renner is easily one of the most likely options, but I still believe - if the BLACK WIDOW film happens - Renner will play first support to Scarlett Johansson instead.
2. Anthony Mackie as Sam Wilson / Falcon
Falcon has come to be one of my favourite characters since his introduction in CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER. He’s my top choice to become the next Captain America too, but it’s likely to pass to James Barnes instead (as it does in the comics). Falcon was used as a cross over character in ANT-MAN, and I think Anthony Mackie’s enthusiasm to be as involved in all things MCU, gives Falcon the edge to appear in the next SPIDER-MAN film. Whilst they were on opposite sides in CIVIL WAR, I expect Sam and Peter to get on during INFINITY WAR, which will further enhance Falcon’s chances of appearing.
However, you’ll notice, Falcon isn’t my number one spot. For me there’s an obvious choice…
1. Mark Ruffalo as Dr. Bruce Banner / Hulk
Universal own the rights to the character, which is why Marvel can’t (or won’t) make any more solo outings for the popular character. And he IS a very popular character. His solo films (HULK starring Eric Bana, and THE INCREDIBLE HULK with Edward Norton) have both fallen a bit flat, but since then, Marvel worked out how to make the character stand out - as part of an ensemble! Ruffalo’s Banner and Hulk combo has become the highlight of both AVENGERS films so far, he enjoyed a nice little cameo in IRON MAN 3, and will next be seen in THOR: RAGNAROK as a gladiatorial combatant. That will lead into a major role in the INFINITY WAR. Unlike a lot of the other characters, I don’t think anyone is expecting this character to die. In fact, I’d be very surprised if Marvel let him go. Spider-Man and Hulk are, arguably, Marvel’s two best known characters to joe-public, and pairing them up for a movie seems like a no-brainer, both in terms of marketing, and in story. Dr Banner is a scientist, whist Peter Parker is a science student. That is an easy way to get Mark Ruffalo involved organically… and then when trouble kicks off, Banner can Hulk-out for the final act. Hell, depending on how much control Banner has over 'the other guy’, Hulk could even act as a minor bad for Spider-Man to tackle.
Don’t tell me you don’t like the idea of Hulk appearing with our friendly neighbourhood Spider-Man?!
Failing that - and it would be a missed opportunity, if you ask me - then I’d be more than happy with Falcon flying about the place (and could do so with out stealing the show, which is the only negative to Hulk’s involvement.
What do you guys think? I dismissed new leads like Doctor Strange, Black Panther and Captain Marvel, but maybe you think I’m wrong? Let me know!
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