A year after his crowd-pleasing debut in last summer’s Captain America: Civil War, Tom Holland returned as the friendly neighborhood Spider-Man in Spider-Man: Homecoming. Throughout much of the movie, Peter Parker finds a mentor figure in the legendary Iron Man, played by Robert Downey, Jr. But, in a recent interview, Holland reveals which Avenger he’d most like to team-up with in the next Spider-Man movie.
“Ant-Man would be my favorite. I want to have like a bug bros session,” Holland told Screen Rant at the film’s press junket this past weekend. “I think it’d be really cool.”
The Marvel Universe, both in comics and in movies and TV, is vast and wide. But somehow, Spider-Man and Ant-Man — played by Paul Rudd in the MCU — haven’t had a particularly interesting history together. They’ve shared panel space in some of Marvel’s biggest crossovers, and once or twice they teamed up such as in Marvel Team-Up #103 published in 1981. But outside of those instances, Marvel has rarely explored what could be a fun dynamic in what Holland nicknames “Bug Bros.” (Because they’re both bugs, you see, though technically spiders are arachnids.)
Anything regarding what will become of the direct sequel to Spider-Man: Homecoming is a mystery, except to those close to Marvel Studios. At the same press day this weekend, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige told io9 that the only confirmed film in Phase Four is the Spider-Man: Homecoming sequel, which he loosely described as the Civil War of Phase Four. We know that Spidey is going to share the movie with another Avenger the next time around who isn’t Iron Man. Maybe he’ll be able to pal around with Ant-Man after all?
“Like how the events of Captain America: Civil War impacted Peter as he was dropped off by Tony and expected to go back to continue his sophomore year, how the hell are the events of Infinity War and Untitled [Avengers] going to affect him as he, yes, goes back to his junior year?” Feige told io9.
Spider-Man: Homecoming swings into theaters on July 7.