Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn was a part of the production on Avengers: Infinity War to help the movie’s directors (Joe and Anthony Russo) handle the production of the film. More recently, it’s been revealed that Spider-Man: Homecoming director Jon Watts will be doing the same with regard to the friendly neighborhood Spider-Man.
Watts has revealed to ComicBook.com that he’s involved with the third Avengers movie. While his involvement isn’t as substantial as Gunn’s role as an executive producer, is still pretty noteworthy:
“It’s a little different because I feel like the Russos originated this take on Spider-Man, or at least the seeds of it, in Civil War. So, I don’t feel the same kind of ownership that I think James does over the Guardians. But I am totally involved and aware and know everything that’s happening in Infinity War, which is really exciting.”
Watts also noted that he feels as though his film represents a major part in the story of this version of Spider-Man, as his battle against the Vulture will have an impact on the adventure still to come:
“I think that the journey that Peter goes through in Homecoming definitely affects who he’s going to be in subsequent movies… I wanted it to feel like the first step towards this big grand hero’s journey. I mean, he’s the best superhero, so I want to spend some real time with him and watch him grow up.”
It’s not clear at this time if Watts will also have some input on the fourth Avengers movie or if he’ll jump straight into the development of the second Spider-Man movie, but it’s likely that Marvel has him on speed-dial in any case.
Spider-Man: Homecoming swings into theaters on July 7, 2017. The film features a cast that includes Tom Holland as Peter Parker (Spider-Man), Robert Downey Junior as Tony Stark (Iron Man), Zendaya Coleman as Michelle, Jacob Batalon as Ned Leeds, Tony Revolori as “Flash” Thompson, Laura Harrier as Liz Allan, Marisa Tomei as May Parker, Jon Favreau as Harold “Happy” Hogan, Michael Keaton as Adrian Toomes (Vulture), Bokeem Woodbine as Herman Schultz (Shocker), and Michael Chernus as Phineas Mason (Tinkerer). A sequel is planned for release on July 5, 2019.
Avengers: Infinity War will be released on May 4, 2018, and has a cast that includes Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark (Iron Man), Chris Evans as Steve Rogers (Captain America), Chris Hemsworth as Thor Odinson, Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner (Hulk), Scarlett Johansson as Natasha Romanoff (Black Widow), Jeremy Renner as Clint Barton (Hawkeye), Elizabeth Olsen as Wanda Maximoff (Scarlet Witch), Paul Bettany as the Vision, Chris Pratt as Peter Quill (Star-Lord), Zoe Saldana as Gamora, Dave Bautisa as Drax the Destroyer, Bradley Cooper as Rocket, Vin Diesel as Groot, Pom Klementieff as Mantis, Karen Gillan as Nebula, Benedict Cumberbatch as Doctor Stephen Strange, Tom Holland as Peter Parker (Spider-Man), Sebastian Stan as Bucky Barnes (Winter Soldier), Chadwick Boseman as T’Challa (Black Panther), Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury, Cobie Smulders as Maria Hill, Benedict Wong as Wong, Tom Hiddleston as Loki Laufeyson, Tessa Thompson as Valkyrie, Benicio Del Toro as Taneleer Tivan (Collector), and Josh Brolin as Thanos.