A Marvel Hero Will Be in SPIDER-MAN 2, But Not Iron Man. Who Will it Be?

A Marvel Hero Will Be in SPIDER-MAN 2, But Not Iron Man. Who Will it Be?

All spinoffs and join-custody shared universes aside, one of the few certainties about Tom Holland’s Spider-Man is that after Spider-Man: Homecoming, he’ll be appearing in Avengers: Infinity War and another standalone solo film scheduled for July 5, 2019. Word from The Hollywood Reporter is that Marvel Studios will loan out a hero from the Marvel Cinematic Universe to appear in the Spider-Man: Homecoming sequel — and next time, it’ll be someone other than Iron Man.

Who might it be?

Probably not Captain America. As seen in the trailers for Spider-Man: Homecoming, he already technically has a cameo there. And despite his shared status along with Iron Man, as the face of the MCU, he might be out of the picture by then due to logistical concerns (Chris Evans has extended his contract to the fourth Avengers movie, which might be the end of his run with the character) or story reasons. By the end of the upcoming Avengers movies, Cap could easily be a wanted fugitive still … or pounded into oblivion by Thanos.

Who else, then? Benedict Cumberbatch’s Doctor Strange seems destined, in many ways, to replace Tony Stark as the snarky, goateed face of the MCU, making him a good option. He famously lives in New York, too. My money, however, is on the Hulk. Marvel has already committed to reserving him for co-starring roles, and audiences can’t get enough of him in such settings. Plus, throughout the ’70s and ’80s Hulk and Spider-Man were synonymous with Marvel — the Steve and Tony of the pre-superhero movie era. It’s an iconic pairing. Who better to handle the giant green wrecker than the one hero with powers uniquely suited for catching debris and saving bystanders?

Of course, there’s one other perfect option — fellow NYC hero Daredevil — but bringing him up would only pour salt on the wound of the Netflix/movie divide.

Spider-Man: Homecoming swings into theaters on July 7, 2017.

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