It's been a year since Captain America: Civil War was released in theaters, and when Spider-Man (played by Tom Holland) was introduced in the MCU; This year, the character will have his first solo film in Spider-Man: Homecoming, but fans have been wondering when exactly it will take place in the MCU. Of course, based on the footage we've seen, it's after Civil War, but how much time has passed since the big clash? Is he close to graduating from high school?
Speaking to Screen Rant, producer Eric Caroll clarified Homecoming's point in the MCU timeline:
"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…
"This is a fun, different take. If we say that it was actually two years after Civil War then he's moving on, he's a senior, and when the next movie comes out, it's his sophomore year of college, and we really wanted to do multiple movies where he's in high school."
Their plan to have each Spider-Man film take place a year apart in the MCU timeline reminds me of the Harry Potter series. It would be exciting to see Peter Parker's character development throughout his high school years.
A young Peter Parker/Spider-Man (Tom Holland), who made his sensational debut in Captain America: Civil War, begins to navigate his newfound identity as the web-slinging super hero in Spider-Man: Homecoming. Thrilled by his experience with the Avengers, Peter returns home, where he lives with his Aunt May (Marisa Tomei), under the watchful eye of his new mentor Tony Stark (Robert Downey, Jr.). Peter tries to fall back into his normal daily routine – distracted by thoughts of proving himself to be more than just your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man – but when the Vulture (Michael Keaton) emerges as a new villain, everything that Peter holds most important will be threatened.
Spider-Man: Homecoming is set to release in theaters on July 7, 2017.