With the press junket for Avengers: Infinity War happening over the weekend, some interesting bits of news are coming out of that gathering of journalists and filmmaking talent — despite the fact that, for the first time in its 10-year history, Marvel did not screen the film for reporters working at the junket.
Nevertheless, some of us who were there managed to pry some new info out of Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige, Infinity War directors Anthony and Joe Russo and the others in attendance. Case in point: io9 asked Feige about the sequel to last year’s Spider-Man: Homecoming, which will kick off Phase 4 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Here’s a surprise: even though Peter Parker (Tom Holland) is a more “local” superhero who spent nearly all of Homecoming in his hometown of New York City, the sequel won’t devote all its time to the Big Apple.
Feige told the site: “We start filming early July. We film in London. We shot first film in Atlanta. And we shoot a lot of films in London but there’s another reason we’re shooting in London which is, yes, Spidey, of course, will spend some time in New York, but he’ll spend some time in other parts of the globe.”
Feige did not elaborate on why Peter will be traveling (his sole visit to another country to date was for the famous Leipzig Airport battle in Captain America: Civil War), but hinted that the events of Infinity War and Avengers 4 will influence his itinerary.
“The way Civil War and the fact that he went to Leipzig Airport and then has to go back to school, informed Homecoming, the two Avengers films that precede [the sequel] will greatly inform, probably even more so, the next movie,” explained the studio head.
Seeing this item before we sat down for our own talk with Feige, we wondered what Spidey’s globe-hopping might have to do with the choice of a villain for the film, which is under wraps for now.
We couldn’t get Feige to reveal which member of Spidey’s rogues gallery will step up to the plate next, but he did say, “We’ve chosen a villain, and I think the story line is fairly impacted by the locations we go to. We love the notion of taking Spider-Man to places around the world that we haven’t seen him in before. And we have a villain who I think will play into that nicely.”
Spider-Man’s roster of enemies is often cited as one of the best in comics (up there with Batman), with classic bad guys like the Green Goblin, Doctor Octopus, Sandman, Venom, the Lizard, Electro and Homecoming’s Vulture all making it to the screen so far.
Assuming for the moment that the sequel to Homecoming doesn’t revisit one of the antagonists from the Tobey Maguire or Andrew Garfield eras, who could play into a story with a more global scenario? Could it be the much-requested Kraven the Hunter? His half-brother The Chameleon? Or even the Greek-born Morbius the Living Vampire?
The answer is likely to become clear this summer once filming on the next Spider-Man movie gets underway for its July 5, 2019 release. And we’ll see how the events of the next two Avengers films begin to impact the wallcrawler when Avengers: Infinity War opens this Friday, April 27.