Almost exactly a year ago, Captain America battled Iron Man in the spectacular Marvel blockbuster, Captain America: Civil War. Not only did it present a captivating and realistic dilemma about superheroes being controlled by the government, it also rebooted everyone’s favourite friendly neighbourhood superhero: Spider-Man.
Played by Tom Holland (who also impressed in tsunami drama The Impossible), the third cinematic incarnation of the web-slinger was regarded by many comic book lovers as the best yet. Civil War also established the acquaintance between Peter Parker and Tony Stark/Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), who recruits Peter to join his side during the movie's pivotal airport battle.
This summer's Spider-Man Homecoming is the first Spider-Man film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and will delve deeper into the complex relationship between the two heroes. Here’s why we think that Spidey and Iron Man will make a fantastic team!
They are polar opposites
Whilst they both have the job of fighting and stopping evil all over the world, Spidey and Iron Man actually possess many differences. Stark is of course a long-time successful billionaire and genius inventor, whereas Parker is a high-school nerd who hardly has any friends and can’t even afford a good suit.
Iron Man has been saving the world for a lot longer as well, so it’s safe to say that he has a lot more experience, whereas Parker is still a kid coming to terms with his superhero skills. Nevertheless opposites attract, so it’s no wonder that Iron Man is joining forces with Spider-Man again in Homecoming.
After all, Peter's youthful enthusiasm and exuberance could very well help Tony when he gets into tight spots, as well as provide some creative world-saving ideas that the jaded billionaire might not have thought of.
Tony could be the father Peter never had
From the moment they met in Civil War, it was clear that Iron Man would be a great mentor to Peter Parker. Given that Peter had a terrible suit (described as a "onesie"), Tony helped him out by making him a brand new and improved one, whilst also giving him his time to shine in the airport battle (one of the standout action sequences from Captain America: Civil War).
In Spider-Man Homecoming their relationship deepens, with Tony Stark almost giving Peter a hug ("I was just reaching for the door") and giving him some all important advice on training to become an Avenger ("Just don’t do anything I would do, and definitely don’t do anything I wouldn’t do"). Tony also imparts some important words of wisdom: "If you're nothing without this suit, you shouldn't have it."
Their mentoring moments have only been teased in the trailer, and we can’t wait to see what other bonds they hold in the finished film, not to mention the banter they will bring to the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
And finally, they both want to save the day
Both characters are involved in fighting villains of all different shapes and sizes. The difference is that Tony Stark tends to fight villains that want world domination, whilst Peter Parker tends to stick to criminals in his, you guessed it, neighbourhood.
In Spider-Man: Homecoming however, they have to join forces when an evil outlaw wreaks havoc on Spidey’s home district of Queens. Said villain arrives in the form of Vulture, played by none other than the Batman and Birdman himself, Michael Keaton, who appears hell-bent on creating carnage and havoc in Queens whilst also being focused on saving and protecting his own family.
We don’t know why, and this is all to be revealed in the final film, but Spidey and Iron Man have to figure this out and fast, lest everything our title character knows and loves be destroyed. And what better way to fight back than with Iron Man at his side?
So we think Spider-Man and Iron Man will make a team to die for. Their powers and personalities fit together like peas in a pod; with punchy one-liners and amazing chemistry, it’s no wonder Homecoming could be the best Spider-Man film yet.
Are you looking forward to Spider-Man Homecoming and seeing Iron Man and Spidey together on the big screen? Drop us a tweet @Cineworld with your thoughts. The movie swings into cinemas on 7th July 2017.
Jake Gibbard is a writer who blogs for Cineworld as part of our news team.