Spider-Man: Homecoming ain’t all about Tom Holland. Here are some of the other big-name stars about to wow us in the next next movie out of the Marvel stable…
Twenty-five years on from his last superhero flick (Birdman doesn’t really count), the one-time Batman returns , this time as the baddie. Keaton’s playing Adrian Toomes, a New York criminal who doubles up as a supervillain named The Vulture.
"He’s like a dark Tony Stark," says co-producer Eric Hauserman Carroll. "He’s a businessman with a family. He wants to look out for his kids. He’s got sort of a Tony Soprano mentality. He doesn’t have these big delusions of grandeur where he wants to take over the world, or replace the government, or even defeat the Avengers or anything. He just wants his shot at the good life."
She’s already made her debut in Captain America: Civil War, but Marisa Tomei is back as Peter’s Aunt May in Spider-Man: Homecoming. Robert Downey Jr was apparently instrumental in helping secure the role for Tomei (they dated in the 1990s) and the casting proved controversial as Aunt May is usually played by an actress in her 60s or 70s (Sally Field was 65 when she appeared in The Amazing Spider-Man and Rosemary Harris was 74 in 2002’s Spider-Man).
We’re still getting used to the idea of a sexy Aunt May, but considering Peter’s only 15 in this it makes complete sense for his aunt to be in her 50s.
It’s testament to Marvel’s lofty standing that they have an Oscar-winner on their books simply content to come in for the occasional cameo.
Spider-Man: Homecoming will be Gwyneth Paltrow’s fifth MCU appearance as Tony Stark’s PA Pepper Potts, and in all those it’s only been a supporting role.
We don’t know how integral her part will be in Homecoming, but seeing as she’s not been in any of the trailers, we’re doubting it’s a meaty turn.
Jennifer Connelly, who 14 years ago starred as Betty Ross in Ang Lee’s Hulk film, makes a return to the Marvel fold as Karen, the A.I. in Peter's Spidey suit. Which is a nice bit of casting, as Connelly’s husband, Paul Bettany, was the voice of Tony Stark’s A.I., JARVIS, in the Iron Man films, before he was turned into Vision.
Where Tony Stark goes, Happy Hogan goes too. Yep, Tony Stark’s ever-loyal Head of Security will be back for Homecoming. In case you didn’t know, Favreau is also a director, having helmed the first two Iron Man movies (as well as Elf and The Jungle Book among others).
In the comic books, a new Spider-Man was introduced in 2011, when black teen Miles Morales inherited the mantle after the death of Peter Parker. Fans have long campaigned for Han Solo star Donald Glover to play Morales on the big screen (especially after Glover wore Spidey pyjamas in an episode of his sitcom Community), but, at 33, it looks like that boat has sailed.
Instead it appears that Glover will be playing Morale’s uncle, Aaron Davis Aaron Davis AKA supervillain the Prowler. Whether the Prowler will be flexing his powers in this film or whether he’s being kept in reserve until the sequel, we don’t know yet. Either way, it’s cool to have Glover on board.
Iron Man isn’t the only front-bench MCU superhero making a cameo in the movie – Captain America is also popping up, although it looks like it’s only as the presenter of a motivational video being show at Peter’s school. Still, it’s CHRIS BLOODY EVANS, EVERYONE!!
Spider-Man: Homecoming swings into Cineworld on 5th July.