Iron Man Won't Return For 'Spider-Man: Homecoming' Sequel

While Marvel and Sony‘s team-up on “Spider-Man: Homecoming” is being viewed as an Earth-shaking deal in an industry where every studio ferociously protects their brands, according to Kevin Feige, it was pretty simple to hash out when he sat down with producer Amy Pascal.

“It really came down to me telling Amy in her office that I think the best thing for this character is: Sony has the rights, that’s not changing,” Feige told THR. “Have Sony pay for the movie, distribute the movie, market the movie. Just let us make the movie and incorporate him into our universe.”

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Well, everyone was on board with that plan, and it looks like Marvel and Sony will be working together down the road as well, with a trilogy and spinoffs in the works. There are likely all kinds of details waiting to be sorted out, but a few have emerged. Firstly, in terms of budget, ‘Homecoming’ cost $175 million (which is relatively low for this kind of movie, especially when you consider that Marvel Entertainment CEO Ike Perlmutter once pitched a $275 million budget, which Feige and Pascal pushed back on) and the plan is for the followup to cost roughly the same, before going big on part three.

And while Iron Man’s Robert Downey Jr. serves as the connective bridge between the MCU and Sony’s ‘Homecoming,’ he’s not expected to return in the next installment. However, Spidey will be joined by another Marvel character that’s yet to be named (Paul Rudd’s Ant-Man would be a fun pairing). As for Tom Holland‘s Peter Parker, he could also stop by more Marvel joints beyond the upcoming “Avengers: Infinity War.” Lastly, Tom Hardy’s titular “Venom” will be facing Carnage in that brewing spinoff movie.

Phew! It’s a lot think about, but first comes “Spider-Man: Homecoming” on July 7th.