“Spider-Man: Homecoming” doesn’t open until July 7 but the advance buzz is overwhelmingly positive. Many of the rave reviews make mention of the post-credits scene that sets up the next appearance of Tom Holland as the webbed crusader in “The Avengers: Infinity War,” which is due out next May. We first saw him as the crime-fighting teen Peter Parker in in last summer’s “Captain America: Civil War,” when Tony Stark (Iron Man) recruited him to fight for him during a battle among the Avengers.
That movie marked the beginning of Phase 3 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The first two phases had six films each, while this one is slated to have 10. “Spider-Man: Homecoming” is the fourth entry in this phase while “The Avengers: Infinity War” will be number seven. Holland will also feature in the final film in this phase, another Avengers movie scheduled for spring 2019.
And he will get to headline a sequel to “Spider-Man: Homecoming,” which is slated for release in the summer of 2019. That will be the first film in Phase 4 of the MCU. As with this one, that will also be produced by Marvel Studios which reached a deal with Sony to share the rights to Spider-Man. Sony had previously produced “Spider-Man” films starring Tobey Maguire (2002-2007) and Andrew Garfield (2012-2014) that weren’t connected to the Marvel Cinematic Universe.