Tom Holland
Actor Tom Holland poses at the premiere of the film "The Lost City of Z" in London, Britain, February 16, 2017. Reuters/Hannah McKay

“Spider-Man: Homecoming” is the next awaited film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). Starring Tom Holland, who first introduced his rendition of Spider-Man in 2016’s “Captain America: Civil War,” the upcoming movie approaches the Peter Parker character with a much younger rendition. This offers a fresher take that brings something different from previous iterations brought to life by other actors, such as Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield. As the film’s release date slowly approaches, hype for the movie has steadily grown more and more.

While Holland’s Spider-Man explores his character finding his footing as a superhero all while balancing his school life, he also struggles to keep himself in check under the watchful eye of Tony Stark, also known as Iron Man, who is portrayed by Robert Downey Jr. This time around, the villain who will be going against Spider-Man is Vulture, portrayed by Michael Keaton. Vulture boasts a suit with mechanical wings and his presence throws a wrench in Peter’s life, posing as a threat to everything and everyone he holds dear. Despite this, Peter is restrained by Tony’s warnings to lay low; how this will unravel itself in the movie is something fans have been looking forward to.

On Holland’s end, the actor revealed to Nerdist which villains in particular he was interested in facing against, naming some fan-favourite antagonists along the way. Doc Ock was one villain Holland brought up as he went on to praise “Spider-Man 2,” the film in which the aforementioned character was featured. He additionally showed an interest Spider-Man’s nemesis, Venom, claiming that this was someone he would like to go up against in the Spider-Man suit someday.

This would make for an interesting venture, considering Venom’s close ties to Spider-Man, what with the web slinger being his host. However, this could be a tricky approach should it see the light of day, considering “Spider-Man: Homecoming” is a joint negotiation between Sony and Marvel. Talks of including Venom in the MCU have yet to be seen and whispers of a Venom spinoff have since died down. Thus, Holland’s dream of facing off against the villain might be pushed to the back seat for now.

It’s also worth noting that there is a possibility for Spider-Man to exit the MCU after his sequel, as the deal between Sony and Marvel is effective only after the second solo Spider-Man film with Holland. This is, of course, still subject to future negotiations for an extension and the success of the Spider-Man movies.

Besides Holland, Downey Jr and Keaton, “Spider-Man: Homecoming” also stars Zendaya, Jacob Batalon, Laura Harrier and Marisa Tomei. It is set to hit theatres on July 7.