CBMB: Robert Downey Jr. Joins Spider-Man: Homecoming While Michael Keaton Exits | FanboysInc

CBMB: Robert Downey Jr. Joins Spider-Man: Homecoming While Michael Keaton Exits

By Muuka Muyumba

In somewhat unsurprising news, Marvel’s godfather and 3-time Oscar nominee Robert Downey, Jr. will be joining the upcoming introduction of Spider-Man into the Marvel Cinematic Universe.  Downey seemingly confirmed that he would be in the film last week when he was on Jimmy Kimmel Live. However, this is confirmation that his mentorship of a young Peter Parker (Tom Holland) would continue beyond Captain America: Civil War, and into the stand-alone film.

Marvel Studios and Sony partnered up to bring Spider-Man into the MCU back in early 2014. This means that Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige and former Sony executive Amy Pascal will work together to produce Spider-Man: Homecoming for Sony, though Marvel will be a creative partner. Based on the look of the movie logo, its clear that Marvel will have great influence over the look and feel of the film, as well as casting. Feige went so far as to note that some of the Avengers would be popping in and out of the Spider-verse. Downey’s casting only confirms just how tied Spider-Man’s world will be to that of the MCU.

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Recent reports had Marvel also courting Oscar-nominee Michael Keaton to play the villain The Vulture, but apparently those negotiations have bogged down, leaving Keaton out of the running.

Downey joins Holland, and Oscar-winner Marisa Tomei as Aunt May, with whom he co-starred back in the ’90s in the romantic comedy Only You.  Homecoming also stars Zendaya, Tony Revolori, and Laura Harrier in the film set to hit theaters on July 7, 2017.  Jon Watts is directing the movie based on a script from writing partners John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein.