Most fans are taking a “wait and see” approach to Marvel’s upcoming Spider-Man: Homecoming, which is hardly surprising. This is the third cinematic take on Spider-Man in a decade, and both the Sam Raimi and Marc Webb versions flamed out pretty spectacularly at the end. Sure, Tom Holland was great as Spidey in Captain America: Civil War, but a Spider-Man fan’s heart can only take so much.
Well, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige isn’t being nearly so cautious. When asked about the possibility of Spider-Man: Homecoming spawning a franchise, Feige made a pretty ambitious comparison…
“The first step was reintroduce a new Spider-Man into the Marvel Cinematic Universe in Civil War and have people leave the theater saying, ‘I love that Spider-Man. I wanna see more of him.’ I think that’s happened. The next step is making Spider-Man: Homecoming and a great film. Should we be able to make more after that? Sure. This is sophomore year, is the next one junior year? Is the next one senior year? Is there a summer break between each of those? I don’t know what, but it was sort of how do we do a journey for Peter not dissimilar for what the students of Hogwarts would go through each of their years, which was one of the early ideas we had for the movies.”
I see what Feige is saying in a general sort of way, but Harry Potter managed to hold the public’s attention through eight movies, while Spider-Man hasn’t been able to keep it on the tracks for more than two. Maybe it’s not time for those Hogwarts comparisons just yet.
Spider-Man: Homecoming swings into theaters July 7, 2017.