Does The Spoiler-Filled Cast List From ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ Give Hints To MCU Phase 4?

We still have a few weeks to go until Spider-Man: Homecoming is released in theaters everywhere, but with embargoes lifted, spoiler-filled details are covering the news cycle like Spidey’s webs. The big buzz right now is over the leaked credits, which obviously details the long list of actors making cameos in the latest friendly neighborhood reboot. But right alongside long list of cameos that cross the screen after the movie’s finish is the explanation by Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige that 2019’s Spider-Man sequel will be the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s Phase 4 Civil War. Or, a major sea change for the MCU.

So who is in Homecoming that could play a part in what Feige says will shape Peter Parker and the MCU for years to come? Spoilers below!

Gwyneth Paltrow is listed as making an appearance as Pepper Potts, her first time in the role since 2013’s Iron Man 3. We assume she’s still the CEO of Stark Industries despite being broken up with Tony Stark because Tony doesn’t seem like a guy who would allow personal relationships get in the way of advancing his business. Knowing she’s still around, could Potts possibly be easing Tony away from life in the suit?

Feige told I09 the following:

“So much happens in [the 3rd and 4th Avengers movies, as you can imagine, and so much is affected by it that we felt what better person to hold your hand and lead you into the next incarnation of the MCU, in a grounded, realistic manner, than Peter Parker? So, coming out two months after Untitled Avengers, [that’s what] much of what the next Spider-Man film will be about.”

According to that, it seems like after Infinity War and the untitled Avengers movie in 2019, Parker will be making his transition from high school student to leader of the Avengers, all before his senior prom.

The rest of the cameos aren’t nearly as interesting or filled with sexy, theory-inducing energy, but they could, like Parker’s foundation-building into becoming a main Avenger, tell us where we’re going with the big bads.

Donald Glover makes an appearance as Prowler, whose timeline in the comics is all over the place, so this could be go anywhere. Logan Marshall-Green and Bokeem Woodbine being listed as “Shocker #1 and Shocker #2” who are using Chitauri tech (left behind from the first Avengers movie) created by The Tinkerer, AKA Phineas Mason, a one-time Stark employee who’s holding a grudge against Tony. We know Vulture is the main baddie in Homecoming, but all rumors and spoilers point to the Tinkerer and the Shocker(s) making trouble for Spidey well into the future.

Oh, and will Jennifer Connelly keep coming back as Spidey’s AI for the next half-dozen movies or so?

(Via Slashfilm/I09)