Spider-Man: Homecoming is about to change the MCU fundamentally in more than one way. Not only does it mark the first solo movie to feature a rights-shared character (and hopefully set out a model for studios working together with Marvel to do the same), but it's also going to buck the trend on timing.
Thanks to Marvel's desire to keep Peter Parker in school, they've had to mess with the usual trope of having the films come out in "real time" - aside from Doctor Strange, but the more you think about that timeline the more confusing it gets. Producer Eric Carroll spoke to Screen Rant to confirm when Homecoming is set, confirming the change in approach:
"There will be some awkward chronology in that the movie comes out almost two years after Civil War, but we’re playing it like it’s a few months after Civil War. It hasn’t been years since Tony called him back. It came down to one of things we wanted to do was keep him in high school as long as possible. Let’s have him do something fun and different. Sony came to ourselves when we sat down and we thought, ‘Why do this version?’ And it is because we can really do a high school. Show that this is a young hero. Otherwise you have seen it all before…"
Honestly though, it's not a major thing. It's not like Marvel movies should be that rooted in the year they come out anyway, because that would just make them dated in about 3 years. So being a bit more fluid is not a bad idea if it means we get to see more of the mooted Harry Potter-style approach to Peter's school years.
Cannot WAIT to see who plays Doctor Voldepus in a sequel...
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