Even with all the hype ramping up as ‘Captain America: Civil War‘ gets closer and closer, fans are still rabidly looking for clues and details about MCU films that take place after the major event, especially for any information about Marvel’s reboot of ‘Spider-Man,’ as the character will finally be ready for his own movie following ‘Civil War.’ Recently, it seems Sony (who, lest we forget, is still sharing the Spidey rights with Marvel) bought the rights for a website called “SpiderManHomecomingTheMovie.com,” and many fans are speculating that the film might just be titled ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming,’ which would allude to the comic story of the same name, not to mention the nice double meaning of the character finally being back home in the proper Marvel cinematic universe. Of course, other rumored names for the film so far also include ‘Spider-Man: The New Avenger’ and ‘The Spectacular Spider-Man,’ so nothing is set in stone yet. And while you might think the ‘Homecoming’ title has more credence because Sony bought the website rights, keep in mind studios often buy many website names before they announce the real title, just to keep their options open and throw fans off their trail.
So what is the ‘Homecoming’ storyline in the ‘Spider-Man’ comics? It follows Peter Parker on his return to New York following the events of the Marvel ‘Secret Wars’ in the 1980’s, where our hero picks up fighting crime in his beloved city one more, only now he is wearing the black symbiote costume, the same costume that one day will reveal itself to be Venom, and merge with Eddie Brock to become one of Spidey’s fiercest foes and another anti-hero of the Marvel universe. The story could work for a number of reason, as structurally it is all about Peter returning home after a major comic-book event (the ‘Secret Wars’ which could easily be replaced by ‘Civil War’), sporting a new costume (rumor has it Tony Stark gives him a costume in ‘Civil War,’ which might even be the costume he is wearing in the trailer), and featuring a number of other Marvel heroes including Hawkeye, the Wasp, and most importantly, Captain America and Iron-Man. As there have already been rumors of cameos from Cap and Tony Stark in the new ‘Spider-Man’ film, it all seems to work pretty well. Only issue is that the “villains” in ‘Homecoming’ are the Black Cat and the Lizard, and Kevin Feige has stated the new ‘Spider-Man’ film will feature a villain not yet seen on the big screen, which rules out the Lizard. As for the Black Cat, though she would be brand new, she is not really a villain, and all too often is more an ally/ love interest for Spidey.
What are your thoughts on the ‘Spider-Man’ solo film centering around ‘Homecoming?’ Is that a big enough story? Share your opinions and theories in the comments below!