Jon Watts, who followed up his indie thriller Cop Car with Marvel’s Spider-Man: Homecoming, is officially signed on to direct the sequel after lengthy negotiations with the studio. The film was praised by critics and audiences, who agreed that it was one of the most accurate adaptations of Spider-Man ever put on-screen. Tom Holland’s breakout performance was universally beloved, and the film was a breath of fresh air in the MCU, which has a tendency to release films that are structurally, visually, and tonally similar.
But Watts’ take on Homecoming was, much like Taika Waititi’s Thor: Ragnarok, indicative of big changes in the MCU, and it was clear that franchise producer Kevin Feige – who’s been promising a new set of rules following Avengers 4 – wanted him on-board for what’s to come. Oddly enough, the news was broken by a Brazilian fan page dedicated to Tom Holland at this year’s CCXP (Comic Con Experience) in Sao Paulo, where the news was confirmed in a video featuring Kevin Feige talking about future MCU projects.
The translation on this Tweet isn’t perfect, but you’ll get the gist of it:
Watts, an indie darling who was drafted into the world of big budget moviemaking seemingly overnight, was initially pretty hesitant about committing to a sequel. In a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly, the director said:
“For me it’s just one movie at a time,” Watts said to EW. “I can’t wait to see Infinity War because I know what they’re doing but I don’t know all the specifics, but I feel like with Tom [Holland] as Spider-Man in the Marvel Universe we’re just scratching the surface of what we can do.”
And, in another interview with CinemaBlend, Watts talked a little bit about those hilarious PSA’s with Captain America, which we see in a scene during the film, as well as a post-post-credits scene at the very end. The PSA scenes were a lot of people’s favorites, and Watts confirmed that there’s a lot more footage we haven’t even seen yet:
“When we shot those… you talk about feeling like you are filming a documentary?” director Jon Watts told CinemaBlend. “That’s what it was like. It was like Captain America showed up. I generated so many of these dumb things, along with one of the other writers. We just wrote – everyone had ideas for things that Captain America could say [on screen]. So we just put them into a teleprompter, and had Evans stand there and really read through them.
“It’s really funny, because Chris is so not like Captain America in person, but him being Cap and then just reading this stuff totally fresh, in that old costume, was so funny. It was all so very funny. … There’s a very fun improv comedy to all of that. We shot so many more than are in the movie, too. Which will probably be on the Blu-ray someday.”
Spider-Man: Homecoming 2 hits theaters on July 5th, 2019.
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