Ask anyone what the highlight of Captain America: Civil War is, and chances are, you’ll hear quite a few mentions of Tom Holland’s cheer-worthy appearance as Spider-Man. The young actor wowed audiences with his effortless charm, easily building anticipation for next summer’s solo film. While Civil War establishes the dynamic between Peter Parker and both Robert Downey Jr.’s Tony Stark and Marisa Tomei’s Aunt May, Spider-Man: Homecoming will reportedly also feature Michael Keaton as the film’s villain, The Vulture. We’ve already covered our thoughts on what villains we’d like to see, but here are a few other characters from Marvel Comics that should show up.
Vincent D’Onofrio was so memorable as Wilson Fisk on the Daredevil Netflix series that fans have been anxious to see him pop up elsewhere in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The character has crossed paths with Spider-Man on many occasions in the comics, seeing as they’re both New York-based. Given the state of Fisk’s storyline right now, he likely wouldn’t play a huge role in Homecoming, but a scene or two acknowledging that he’s up to speed on Spidey’s existence would be a nice nod.
2. Mary Jane Watson
After Kirsten Dunst played Peter Parker’s longtime love in Sam Raimi’s trilogy, the Spider-Man films wisely let the character rest, choosing to focus instead on Emma Stone’s Gwen Stacy. However, the fact that both ladies are such massive parts of Spidey’s mythology means that they’re bound to reappear at some point in this rebooted version. It might be too soon for Gwen to show up, but Homecoming could easily set up Mary Jane as the unattainable high school crush Peter sees her as, setting the stage for their future relationship. [Update, 8/19/16: Mary Jane has been confirmed for ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ and will be played by Zendaya, per The Wrap.]
A wall-crawling superhero swinging through the streets of New York will likely catch the attention of other enhanced heroes throughout the city. While Jessica Jones (Krysten Ritter) may not be the right fit for a Spider-Man film, Matt Murdock’s alter-ego — much like his nemesis, the Kingpin — could show up in a scene or two. After all, Spider-Man’s bound to be a bigger deal now that he took part in the epic throwdown alongside the Avengers in Civil War.
4. Black Cat
Years before she would play Catwoman in The Dark Knight Rises, Anne Hathaway was reportedly lined up to play Felicia Hardy (and her feline alter-ego) in Sam Raimi’s cancelled Spider-Man 4. Now might be a great time to finally bring the character to the big screen, especially since Sony and Marvel are likely looking to bring in a love interest for Spider-Man that isn’t Gwen Stacy or Mary Jane Watson. Black Cat could nicely fit the bill, though they’ll need to cast someone closer in age to Tom Holland to make it work.
5. Madame Web
A clairvoyant who often helped to guide Spider-Man, Madame Web plays a crucial role in the comics but has yet to appear in a film adaptation of Spider-Man’s mythos. As the Marvel Cinematic Universe is set to introduce mysticism into the fold with Doctor Strange, now might be a good time to introduce the mutant character (replacing her mutant origin perhaps with a more magical explanation) and help take the MCU’s Spider-Man in a new direction.
6. Max Modell
As the sixth Spider-Man film in 15 years, Homecoming needs to prove that the franchise is still relevant. Bringing in some fresh blood could be the best way to do just that, and Max Modell — head of Horizon Labs — isn’t a bad start. The character is Peter Parker’s boss in the comics and soon begins to suspect a connection between Peter and Spider-Man himself. Tweak that setup so that Peter is an intern at Horizon, and that premise could lead to some fun moments. Also, the fact that Max is openly gay could help break some ground for the MCU in that regard.
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