With his inclusion in Spider-Man: Homecoming, we’re seeing something of a different side of Tony Stark than we’ve ever seen before in his previous nine years in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. After plucking Peter Parker from obscurity and giving him a fancy high-tech spider-suit in Captain America: Civil War, Tony feels responsible for the young hero.
In a recent interview with ABC, Robert Downey Jr. likened this responsibility Tony feels for Peter to being a parent. The actor said:
“I just keep thinking it’s about when your 16-year-old says, ‘Well I have a license now I can drive,’ and you want to put a tracker in their car and you want to be able to deactivate it.”
Downey Jr. also spoke about his love for the character of Spider-Man, having grown up reading the comics. He added:
“For those who are familiar with him and love Spider-Man, he really does kind of rise to the occasion and through a series of mishaps and trials he does wind up doing some extraordinary stuff.”
Directed by Jon Watts, the film stars Tom Holland, Michael Keaton, Jacob Batalon, Laura Harrier, Zendaya, Tony Revolori, Donald Glover, Bokeem Woodbine, Michael Chernus, Kenneth Choi, Hannibal Buress, Martin Starr, Michael Barbieri, Angourie Rice, Abraham Attah, Tyne Daly, Marisa Tomei and Robert Downey Jr.
A young Peter Parker/Spider-Man (Tom Holland), who made his sensational debut in Captain America: Civil War, begins to navigate his newfound identity as the web-slinging super hero in Spider-Man: Homecoming. Thrilled by his experience with the Avengers, Peter returns home, where he lives with his Aunt May (Marisa Tomei), under the watchful eye of his new mentor Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.). Peter tries to fall back into his normal daily routine – distracted by thoughts of proving himself to be more than just your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man – but when the Vulture (Michael Keaton) emerges as a new villain, everything that Peter holds most important will be threatened.
Spider-Man: Homecoming hits theaters July 7, 2017.