Director Jon Watts, known for his summer hit Spider-Man: Homecoming, will reportedly return to helm the sequel.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Watts is in talks to return for the subsequent film — which will no doubt be referred to as Homecoming 2 until a title is announced. It already has a July 5th 2019 release date. As previously reported, the sequel will be part of a five-part arc for Tom Holland’s Peter Parker and set up the new status quo following his appearance Avengers: Infinity War. According to Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige, “It will be Peter and Spider-Man that usher us into the aftermath and how things proceed from there.”
Watts’ previous work includes the Kevin Bacon film Cop Car and the horror film Clown, based on a gag trailer he made for fun. And that sense of fun certainly aided Spider-Man: Homecoming. As I wrote in my review, the film overcame my personal dislike of Peter Parker as a character, reintroducing him as a sympathetic kid with superpowers. It also introduced one of the better MCU villains in the form of Michael Keaton’s Adrian Toomes.
If Watt’s can strike that balance of high school humor and Marvel action again, the second Spider-Man flick in this cycle could prove to be one of the best films in the whole MCU canon. Of course, they’ll still need to find a name. The Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man certainly has a ring to it and fits the tone Watts and Holland brought to the first film. Or perhaps they’ll still with the subtitle formula and call it Spider-Man: Winter Formal.
Whichever name they choose, the Spider-Man sequel opens on July 5th 2019.