Everyone’s favorite friendly neighborhood Spider-Man will be featured in the upcoming “Avengers: Infinity War” project. Marvel confirmed the news on social-media today, reassuring fans that Peter Parker will be joining the fight against a wide-array of dangers and villains in the new installment. Marvel stopped short of detailing the breadth of Spidey’s role in the film, but at least he will get to join his Marvel pals in another adventure.
“Avengers: Infinity War” is scheduled to hit theaters in 2018, set to open domestically on May 4th. News of the Spider-Man addition came from actor Tom Holland, who hosted a Facebook Live event with fellow co-star Robert Downey Jr. Chris Pratt, of “Guardians of the Galaxy,” also made an appearance in the Facebook Live event, but fans have known of his involvement in the project for some time now.
Tom Holland first appeared as Spider-Man in “Captain America: Civil War,” he will reprise the role this July in “Spider-Man Homecoming“. “Captain America: Civil War” made over $408M for Marvel domestically in theaters, the film went on to make over $1.1B worldwide. The films rights to Spider-Man have been owned by Sony for some time now, Marvel struck a deal with Sony Pictures to have him featured in the ever-expanding Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Spider-Man is just one small addition to the lengthy cast of ‘Infinity War,’ which already contains all of the Avengers, Thanos, members of the Guardians of the Galaxy crew, Doctor Strange, and other high-profile Marvel characters. Benedict Cumberbatch will be reprising his role as Doctor Strange in the film, and Josh Brolin was cast as Thanos.
If the film follows the events of the comics Thanos will continue his quest to acquire all of the Infinity Gems. The gems, when combined with his mighty gauntlet, would give him the ultimate power in the universe. The films have relied heavily on ‘Civil War’ and other storylines from the comics, though large portions have been cut due to timing and licensing restrictions. The last installment to “The Avengers” was “The Avengers: Age of Ultron,” that film grossed over $459M here in the States and $1.4B worldwide.
“Avengers: Infinity War” will be directed by Anthony Russo and Joe Russo, working from a screenplay written by Christopher Markus.