Contrary to popular belief and a questionable poster design that just dropped, Robert Downey Jr.’s Iron Man is not the lead character in Spider-Man: Homecoming. However, RDJ did recently say that – while he hasn’t seen the film yet – he’s heard that fans who have caught test screenings have given high praise to the movie.
Downey Jr. recently held a Facebook livestream announcing a couple of surprise giveaways, but he also took a few questions from fans in the discussion. Naturally, questions of test screenings popped up, and Downey Jr. explained that things were going remarkably well from what he had heard:
“This Homecoming thing turned out very well… People have been starting early screenings of Spider-Man: Homecoming, and they say it’s absolutely a 10 out of 10. I certainly enjoyed participating in it, and I think this will be one of the big Summer hits. Anyway, these L.A. premieres are usually pretty fun.”
The statement can be seen at about 4:55 in the video below. While test screenings can produce different results (such as with Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 2 getting a perfect score with test screenings and having actual scores that fell a little short of the original), the process is usually a pretty reliable way of measuring how audiences will actually receive a movie, as recent superhero hits like Wonder Woman and Logan can attest to. In any case, it seems likely that existing MCU fans are going to love the movie all the same.
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). Donald Glover and Tyne Daly are also part of the cast in unspecified roles. A sequel is planned for release on July 5, 2019.