Announced on Holland’s Instagram, the title for the third installment of the Marvel-Sony franchise is officially Spider-Man: Phone Home. The subtitle falls right in line with the high school-themed Homecoming and Euro vacation sequel Far From Home, and creates even more distance from Peter Parker’s home of New York City. But where is the webslinging Avenger this time?
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Based on casting reports that neither Marvel Studios nor Sony Pictures have yet to technically confirm, Spider-Man: Phone Home will see Spidey sucked up into the multiverse. The pivot to an actual multiverse comes after Mysterio pranked the world into thinking there were other planes of existence in Far From Home … only for audiences to learn through a post-credit scene cameo by J.K. Simmons’ J. Jonah Jameson that maybe everything is connected (and that Peter Parker is Spider-Man — but that’s an entirely different can of worms). After Evan Peters’ Quicksilver from the Fox X-Men films showed up on WandaVision a few weeks ago, all cross-franchise shenanigans seem plausible with Marvel Studios in control of its properties once again.
Phone Home is said to shift Doctor Strange into the fatherly role Tony Stark filled back in Homecoming, and rope in villains from far beyond the MCU, including Jamie Foxx’s Electro from The Amazing Spider-Man 2 and Alfred Molina’s Doctor Octopus from Spider-Man 2. There’s been no formal casting or announcement of a key villain, but rumors have circulated that series director Jon Watts’ dream of bringing Kraven the Hunter may actually happen. (So cross your fingers he’s hunting Spideys through the multiverse.)
Spider-Man: Phone Home, currently filming in Marvel’s home base of Atlanta, Georgia, is once again directed by Watts, who has the rare honor of helming every installment of a single MCU hero franchise (and he’ll step up again for a non Sony Marvel movie, Fantastic Four, in the not-so-distant future). Like the entire Marvel movie calendar over the last year, theater availability and state-to-state re-openings amidst the COVID pandemic could change plans in a flash, but for now, Spider-Man: Phone Home is set for a Dec. 17, 2021 release date. At least Sony and Disney actually managed to strike a deal to make it happen in the first place.
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