Sony Pictures’ reboot of Spider-Man will include Iron Man himself, Robert Downey Jr., as it ramps up ahead of production ahead of a July 2017 release date. But the news today comes as Michael Keaton, who was being courted to play the villain in the pic, has fallen out of early talks and won’t be a part of the project. That had been a juicy idea as it would have put the onetime Batman star in a Spidey movie, but we’re told this is not happening and the search continues to fill the role.
As for Downey, this is part of a plan to add Spider-Man to the Marvel Universe pics from Disney even though Sony has rights to the character. It’s likely Iron Man won’t be the only superhero to make an appearance in Spider-Man: Homecoming, which will star Tom Holland and be directed by Jon Watts.
Spider-Man will make his first appearance in the Disney/Marvel franchise with this summer’s Captain America: Civil War which bows May 6. He showed up in the latest trailer for the pic last month.