Marvel's Spider-Man 3: Everything You Need to Know
12/18/2020 • 4 min read
When a Marvel Studios character becomes popular, we know they'll feature in several movies. Spider-Man was popular as a movie hero long before the Marvel Cinematic Universe came into being, but the current version of the friendly neighborhood superhero, played by Tom Holland, has been so heartily embraced by fans that a third solo movie for the web-head is the most natural thing in Marvel's landscape.
Considering the cliffhanger ending of the second movie, SPIDER-MAN: FAR FROM HOME, we can't wait to see the next installment. Fortunately, a brief split between Marvel and Sony, which currently holds the movie rights to Spider-Man, was quickly reconciled. SPIDER-MAN 3, which doesn’t yet have an official title, just started filming for release in 2021.
Here is everything we know about the next chapter in the webslinger’s story.
The Spider-Man 3 Release Date
SPIDER-MAN 3 is set to hit theaters on December 17, 2021.
When Does the Spider-Man 3 Trailer Arrive?
The film only just started filming in New York in the last week of October 2020, so there's nothing to show yet! But there's a chance we'll see the first new Spider-Man footage very soon. Nothing was revealed at either the CCXP convention in Brazil or Disney's big investor call, during which a lot of news was dropped. So we have to wait a little longer! All we've seen so far is one photo posted to Instagram by Tom Holland.
What Is the Full Spider-Man 3 Title?
At this point, we don't know! Hopefully, the first trailer release will come with an official title included! How will it incorporate the word “home”? We can’t wait to find out! (The previous two Spidey movies were subtitled HOMECOMING and FAR FROM HOME.) One rumored phrase is "Home Run" but while you'll see a lot of fan art using that title, there has been no official confirmation from Sony, Marvel, or the filmmakers so far.
The Spider-Man 3 Cast
It goes without saying at this point that Tom Holland returns as Peter Parker and Spider-Man. Benedict Cumberbatch is in the cast as well. And everyone in Spider-Man’s established orbit will be back as well: Zendaya (as Mary Jane), Jacob Matalon (as Ned Leeds), Marisa Tomei (as Aunt May). We have our fingers crossed for Michael Keaton’s Vulture to return, too.
The big surprise is that Jamie Foxx is cast as the villain Electro. That's odd because Foxx played the character in the second movie starring the previous incarnation of Spidey, 2014's THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2. Alfred Molina, who played Doctor Octopus in Sam Raimi's SPIDER-MAN 2, is also back. So that's wild!
What Will Spider-Man 3 Be About?
Spoiler alert for the ending of the previous movie: Peter Parker's secret identity has been exposed. What happens next?
Marvel has been pretty secretive about the plot of the new movie thus far, but things in Peter Parker’s world are definitely going to get strange. Literally. While Peter Parker previously enjoyed a supportive relationship with Tony Stark, the passing of Marvel's major heroic industrialist (in AVENGERS: ENDGAME, remember?) means things will be different this time. Nick Fury stepped into the mentor role in FAR FROM HOME, kind of, but he won't be around this time either.
In this movie, Peter's goateed mentor figure will be Benedict Cumberbatch’s Doctor Strange, and where Strange goes, weird things follow. Will this movie have shades of the dimension-jumping adventure of INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE, only in live-action? Maybe! Or perhaps we'll see a reflection of a couple of comic book stories in which Doctor Strange's magic helps Peter hide his identity once again.
But how will Jamie Foxx return as Electro? Well, "return" may not be the right way to put it, since his Electro battled a different Spider-Man altogether. (The Andrew Garfield version. Remember him?) We don't know. There's also the rumor that Toby Maguire, who starred in Sam Raimi's movies, might appear in SPIDER-MAN 3, as well. Take all these reports, add Doctor Strange, and factor in the success of SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE… it’s safe to assume there will be some alternate-universe hopping at play.
Some of that actually started at the end of SPIDER-MAN: FAR FROM HOME when (another spoiler!) J. Jonah Jameson interrupted the film’s ending credits to frame Spider-Man for the death of Mysterio and expose his real identity to the world. Jameson is played once again by J.K. Simmons, who played the role for Sam Raimi. With his real face made public, it makes sense that Spider-Man would go to some cosmic extremes to put that toothpaste back in the tube. Whether that’s a good idea or not remains to be seen. (Hint: it’s usually not.)
The Filmmakers Behind Spider-Man 3
Marvel knows what they’re doing when it comes to keeping good filmmakers around. SPIDER-MAN 3 will be directed by Jon Watts, director of SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING and SPIDER-MAN: FAR FROM HOME. So if you liked those movies, chances are high you will like this one as well. (And since Watts has been confirmed to make FANTASTIC FOUR for Marvel, can we expect some hint of that team in SPIDER-MAN 3? It's another big question.)
Further cementing the film’s familiar charm, this sequel is written by Chris McKenna and Erik Sommers, who wrote FAR FROM HOME and co-wrote HOMECOMING. We love continuity!
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