Kevin Feige, president of Marvel Studios, was crucial in bringing Spider-Man into the MCU with the characters introduction in Captain America: Civil War. On Friday, Spider-Man: Homecoming opens, which is the third ‘first’ film in the Spider-Man franchise in less than 18 years, sixth overall. What makes this one different? Two things. This is the first with Marvel Studios and Feige to help guide the project and that it’s actually the second part of a much bigger story arc. Feige told the Toronto Sun:
We are looking at a five-movie storyline — Civil War, Homecoming, Avengers: Infinity War, untitled Avengers, Homecoming 2 — or whatever we end up calling it — as an amazing five-story journey for Peter Parker. In the way that the events of Civil War directly inform the opening of Homecoming and his state of mind as he goes back to high school, so too will the events of the next two Avengers movies as he continues with high school. This original 22-movie arc ends with the untitled Avengers in May of 2019 and then two months later it will be Peter and Spider-Man (on July 5, 2019) that usher us into the aftermath and how things proceed from there.
The most shocking thing coming out of that statement is the reminder that Marvel is in the midst of a 22-movie arc. That’s mind-numbingly large. And they will have done all of that in just 11 years.