In an recent interview with ComingSoon.net, Tom Holland let them know that he’d be heading back to Atlanta (having been there to film his Spidey scenes for the upcoming “Captain American: Civil War” earlier this year). We’re shooting in Atlanta for most of it, because they have studios there and I think it’s cheaper to build a New York set than it is to shoot here, because it’s going to be very expensive,” he told them. “We probably will end up here (in New York) for one week or two.”
That’s one part of the puzzle. Jimmy Kimmel had both Robert Downey Jr. and Chris Evans on his show this past Tuesday to promote “Civil War” where they had an interesting exchange about filming in Atlanta, Georgia. After Evans talked about filming in the brutal heat of the southern summer, RDJ joked that, “Once the mask closes, I’m not there,” referring to the fact that when the shields, hammers and repulsor beams start flying, what we’re seeing is most likely a stunt double or CGI.
He continued to chide his costar saying that, “I really just want to come to work on my days off and watch you suffer.” He went on to say, “By the way, we are going to shoot in Atlanta again, you and I,” to which Evans responded, “I know, I’m ready, I’m ready.”
Looking at Marvel Studios schedule, the only upcoming movie already slated to film in Atlanta is “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2”, and director James Gunn has previously gone on record to say that Iron Man will not be appearing in that. Both “Doctor Strange” and “Thor: Ragnarok” have announced filming locations that don’t include Atlanta, although it’s not out of the question that the public just isn’t privy to everything the studio has planned. It’s possible that Downey Jr. was referring to “Avengers: Infinity War”, but with that movie being so far off it’s not likely that any of the filming locations have been confirmed.
So, could both Iron Man and Captain America appear in the as of yet untitled Spider-Man MCU reboot? With a scheduled release date of July 28, 2017 it’s not out of the realm of possibility that this might be just what he was talking about. We already know that the deal made between Marvel/Disney and Sony not only allows for Spider-Man to appear in future Marvel movies, but conversely also allows for characters owned my Marvel to appear in future Spider-Man movies. There was already some talk of Tony Stark mentoring Spider-man on superheroly things in the upcoming movie, even to the point that he may even be at least partially responsible for the creation of the wall-crawler’s web-slingers. Could it be possible that the rivalry for Spidey’s loyalties spill over from “Civil War”? And this also brings up something even greater. Did RDJ just confirm that Cap makes it out of “Civil War” alive?
What other reasons could Marvel have for including not one but two of their biggest characters in the Sony produced movie? With this being the third big screen iteration of the web-headed hero in the past decade and a half, it’s important that they do everything they can to set this one apart. There is a built in way to do that now by doing the one thing the previous versions couldn’t: establish Spider-Man in the larger cinematic universe that Marvel has created.
Will this happen? Possibly, if the rumors prove to be true. Could we even possibly see the Iron Spider if Tony Stark continues to instruct Spidey technologically. Could Steve Rogers become the father figure Peter has been sorely missing since the death of Uncle Ben? Even if it’s only cameos it’s nice to see other characters appear in the solo movies Marvel has put out so far. We can only hope they continue on with the tradition in the new Spider-Man movie.
Captain America: Civil War” hits theaters on May 6th, 2016; “Doctor Strange” is scheduled for release on November 4, 2016; “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” releases May 5, 2017; as stated, the new Spider-Man movie drops on July 28, 2017; followed by “Thor: Ragnarok” on November 3, 2017 and “The Avengers: Infinity War Part 1” on May 4, 2018 and “Part 2” on May 3, 2019.