Warning: this article contains what some might consider a spoiler for Spider-Man: Homecoming.
Spider-Man gets a suit upgrade courtesy of Tony Stark in Captain America: Civil War. The suit is a huge upgrade over the hoodie Peter was wearing previously. The suit features hundreds of upgrades and one unbelievable Easter egg.
In Spider-Man: Homecoming, Peter unlocks some more advanced gadgets in his suit. This includes over 500 web combinations as well as an AI system named Karen. If you think Karen’s voice sounds familiar it’s because that is Oscar-winning actress Jennifer Connelly. It doesn’t stop there, Connelly is married to Paul Bettany, who played Tony Stark’s original AI (Jarvis) and later became the Vision.
It’s something that might go unnoticed, but it’s a great nod nonetheless. Director Jon Watts spoke to Entertainment Weekly about the reference saying:
“Yes, it’s Jarvis’ wife. It’s cool, right?”
Pretty cool indeed. Marvel is taking Spider-Man is a new direction with Homecoming. Spider-Man hasn’t had artificial intelligence assist him in any of the previous 5 films. It’ll be interesting to see how fans respond to this change.
There’s no word if Karen is a reference to Plankton’s computer wife on Spongebob Squarepants, but a guy can dream.
Spider-Man: Homecoming stars Tom Holland, Robert Downey Jr., Michael Keaton, Zendaya, Laura Harrier, Marisa Tomei, Jacob Batalon, Tony Revolori, and Jon Favreau. Here’s the official synopsis:
Thrilled by his experience with the Avengers, young Peter Parker returns home to live with his Aunt May. Under the watchful eye of mentor Tony Stark, Parker starts to embrace his newfound identity as Spider-Man. He also tries to return to his normal daily routine — distracted by thoughts of proving himself to be more than just a friendly neighborhood superhero. Peter must soon put his powers to the test when the evil Vulture emerges to threaten everything that he holds dear.
Spider-Man: Homecoming swings into theaters this Friday.
5 Ways Venom Could Show Up In The Marvel Cinematic Universe
Even before Sony lent Spider-Man to Marvel Studios, there was talk about Sony doing their own spin-off films focusing on characters they owned, including both heroes and villains. The end of The Amazing Spider-Man 2 even teased a possible Sinister Six film. Many thought that Venom, one of Spider Man’s most popular villains, would also get his own film. Although he appeared in Sam Rami’s Spider-Man 3, Venom was less than well received. If anyone could use a character redemption, it was Eddie Brock.
Those hopes seemed to dash after The Amazing Spider-Man 2 was deemed a failure and Sony’s future with the Spider-Man character seemed uncertain. It seemed as if the movie gods smiled on fans as Sony worked out a partnership with Marvel Studios, which allowed Spider-Man to appear in Marvel Cinematic Universe films. Spider-Man’s first appearance in the MCU was in Captain America: Civil War and actor Tom Holland’s performance as the wall-crawler was universally praised.
But Sony’s not done doing their own thing. It was announced that a movie featuring Silver Sable and Black Cat was in the works. It was then revealed that Tom Hardy is attached to play Venom in another project. Marvel Studios has previously said that these projects would be based at Sony and exist outside of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. However, Amy Pascal recently said that the Silver Sable and Black Cat film, as well as Venom, are set within the same universe as Spider-Man: Homecoming.
Did she let something slip, or was this wishful thinking on her part? Either way, that led us here at Heroic Hollywood to think of ways that Venom could be incorporated into and show up in the MCU. Click Next to take a look…