At the this point, the Marvel Cinematic Universe is a gigantic series building up to a crescendo. But for Spider-Man: Homecoming, the film represents the second part five film plan which will extended beyond the upcoming climatic Avengers film in 2019. The source on this? Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige.
The executive was interviewed by the Toronto Sun (via The Wrap) and offered this explanation of the film timeline: “We are looking at a five-movie storyline — Civil War, Homecoming, Avengers: Infinity War, untitled Avengers, ‘Homecoming 2’ — or whatever we end up calling it — as an amazing five-story journey for Peter Parker.” In the case of “Homecoming 2” — which will take place after what Feige called the original “22-movie arc” from Iron Man to Avengers 4 — he added, “it will be Peter and Spider-Man that usher us into the aftermath and how things proceed from there.”
But like an event comic story line, does this mean “Homecoming 2” will tease the next meta-arc? And where do you go after the Infinity Stone saga? I know plenty of people keep hoping for The Fantastic Four and the coming of Galactus. If Marvel and rights-holder 20th Century Fox came to an accord regarding those characters, would it be enough to propel another on-going story? Perhaps Marvel will choose to step back and employ smaller arcs like the one Feige outlined for Spider-Man.
Considering the Marvel Cinematic Universe spans from Brooklyn to Wakanda and out into space, maybe grandiose 22-part plots should be held in reserve until the whole thing needs to be rebooted.
Maybe they have a plan for that as well.
Spider-Man: Homecoming opens Friday.