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It’s a Homecoming for Robert Downey Jr., but not so much for Michael Keaton

RDJ&MKThe joint venture between Sony Pictures and Marvel Studios, Spider-Man: Homecoming, has some good news and some bad news.

To help further cement and build on the cohesive Marvel Cinematic Universe, the studios have announced that Robert Downey Jr. will return as Tony Stark/Iron Man for the webslinger’s debut feature film. This is the first true sign confirming what Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige has previously reported, that there is a potential for other Marvel characters to appear in the film.

This just fills up Downey Jr.’s calendar as he’s not only set to return solely to Marvel’s camp when he appears in Avengers: Infinity Wars, but it has also been announced that he will be returning to play the world’s most famous sleuth for Sherlock Holmes 3, which according to Downey Jr. is set to begin production sometime in 2016. Of course this will not be the first time that Iron Man and Spider-Man will share screen time as they will be appearing together in the upcoming Captain America: Civil War.

Sadly, it is not quite as optimistic regarding Academy Award winner Michael Keaton. The former Batman star was in talks to play the big villain in Homecoming, but Deadline is now reporting that all talks to make Keaton a part of the MCU have apparently stopped.

Nonetheless, this has not dampened the enthusiasm of lead actor Tom Holland regarding his involvement with Spider-Man: Homecoming. Speaking to a crowd at CinemaCon during the film’s title announcement, Holland had this to say:

“It really is a homecoming, because, throughout the movie, Peter is trying to find out who he is and where he belongs in this world.”

The Spider-Man: Homecoming cast is also set to include Marisa Tomei as Aunt May, and both Holland Tomei will be appearing in Civil War this May.

Despite losing Keaton, the cast does continue to grow as Laura Harrier (One Life to Live) and Tony Revolori (The Grand Budapest Hotel) are set to play two of Peter’s other friends. Disney Channel star Zendaya has also been added to the cast and will play a “key role” as a character named Michelle. Additionally, Tony Revolori recently joined the cast as “part of Peter Parker’s high school crowd.”

Spider-Man: Homecoming is scripted by Vacation writers and directors John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein and will be directed by Jon Watts. Production is set to begin on the film this summer in Atlanta with the film swinging into theaters and IMAX on July 7, 2017.
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Does adding Robert Downey Jr. to the cast make Spider-Man: Homecoming even more exciting? What about the loss of Michael Keaton?
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