Tom Holland
“Does that mean I get to keep the shield?” ©Marvel Studios/Sony

Spider-Man: Homecoming hasn’t even been released yet and Avengers: Infinity War is still in the middle of shooting, but Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige has already confirmed that our friendly neighbourhood Spider-Man will definitely be appearing in the fourth Avengers movie.

Speaking at the studios’ open house event for the media this week at their Los Angeles office, Feige also said that there would be a sequel to Homecoming set for release in 2019. But that’s as far as Marvel’s deal with Sony goes – for now. The latter will apparently move ahead with their planned Spidey-related spinoffs for Venom, Silver Sable and Black Cat.

Feige also said that he wished The Avengers and Age of Ultron director Joss Whedon the best of luck moving forward with his planned Batgirl movie with DC/Warner Bros.

“He called a couple months ago, which he didn’t have to do and was super cool of him and super nice of him…And we couldn’t be more supportive. We want to see a Joss Whedon Batgirl film be awesome.”

He also said that there was no problem with Josh Brolin playing both Thanos in the MCU and Cable in Fox’s Deadpool 2.

“We don’t have anything written into our contracts about other roles that people can do…Indiana Jones and Han Solo are the same person … it hasn’t been a problem. And I think Thanos and Cable are two very different characters.”

And as for James Gunn announcing that he’ll be returning to write and direct Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 3, Feige also hinted that Marvel has bigger plans for Gunn.

“I think James in particular has an amazing connection with these characters and with this cosmic world. So he, I think, could easily oversee additional stories beyond Vol. 3…And I think has them and just continues to come up with them, which is cool. All of our core writers and filmmakers know what we are doing in other places and help give input on the various projects.”

In comparison with their choice of different directors and screenwriters for each installment of a particular superhero franchise, Marvel now seems to be shifting to a model where they only work with a few trusted directors and writers like the Russo brothers, and now Gunn.

This all sounds very promising and may prove to be extremely beneficial to Marvel as they seem to be switching to a more long-term view. It might serve to make the MCU even more cohesive than ever before.

What do you think of Marvel’s plans, geeks? Tell us!