Welcome to this week's superhero news round up. Here's what's made the headlines...
Spider-Man: Homecoming 2 is on its way
Says producer Amy Pascal: "He knocked it out of the park. We would be crazy [not to]. He did a wonderful job and the whole atmosphere of the movie, all the things that people like about it are the things he brought to it. He’s really special."
As for Watts himself he was a bit more cagey but suggested that he was "signed on for two more movies". Watch this space...
Its already got a title and possible filming dates...
We should say that the title isn't confirmed yet. But in an interview with Collider Marvel chairman Kevin Feige said the following: "It will be 'Spider-Man: Subtitle... internally we just call it Homecoming 2 [for now]."
When asked if there's a '2' in the title, Amy Pascal replied "no", so consider us stoked. Meanwhile, principal photography may well begin in May or June 2018 ahead of the film's confirmed July 5th 2019 release date.
Another classic Marvel character will appear in the sequel...
Homecoming proudly features the irrepressible Tony Stark/Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) as the mentor to young Peter Parker (Tom Holland). And The Hollywood Reporter, erm, reports that the sequel will be featuring another famous face from the Marvel stable. However they won't confirm who – instead it's left up to Feige to tease us with this cryptic message.
"Suddenly this goes from being a third reincarnation and a sixth movie to a first," he says. "It's the first time Spider-Man gets to interact with the world in which he belongs."
The Venom movie is separate to the Marvel/Sony deal
Mucho wrangling went on to get Spider-Man into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and it seems he's here to stay. However if you were expecting the planned Tom Hardy Venom movie to occupy a similar space, think again.
When Marvel did a deal with Sony it was for Spider-Man and Spider-Man only, NOT some of the other characters from the Spider-Man comic universe that Sony has the rights to.
While we don’t know the specifics of the deal, we do know that Tom Holland’s Spidey will be appearing in 2018’s Avengers: Infinity War and its 2019 sequel.
"All the characters are a part of the Marvel comic book universe, and they're all interrelated in that universe," says Pascal. "Spider-Man is now part of the MCU, as he was created to be in the beginning. The other things that Sony are doing, which are characters from the Marvel comic book universe, are independent, separate franchises. Both Venom and Silver Sable and Black Cat."
Julian Dennison is in Deadpool 2!
The New Zealand newcomer stole the show in last year's terrific Hunt for the Wilderpeople (check out our interview with him and Sam Neill as proof). And he's now poised to get the Merc With a Mouth hot under the collar. After all, no-one can steal Mr. Pool's thunder... can they?
Star Ryan Reynolds confirmed Dennison's involvement in the above Instagram shot, one announcing the young star as #RickyBakerPool (an amalgamation of his Wilderpeople character and the superhero sequel).