Sony and Marvel are strengthening up the ties between the upcoming rebooted Spider-Man franchise and the mainline Marvel Cinematic Universe with the addition of Jon Favreau to the cast of Spider-Man: Homecoming.
Favreau will be reprising his character of Happy Hogan, bodyguard to Tony Stark, aka Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), from the Iron Man solo films. This certainly doesn’t come as much of a shock, considering that Downey Jr has already been announced as a castmember for the film. But it is a pleasant surprise. The groundwork for the relationship between Stark and Peter Parker/Spider-Man (Tom Holland) was already laid out in this year’s Captain America: Civil War.
Favreau, of course, kicked off the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe by directing 2008’s Iron Man and its first sequel. And while he appeared on screen in the Shane Black-directed Iron Man 3, the actor/director has been absent from both sides of the camera for the balance of the interconnected superhero franchise.
Director Jon Watts is currently shooting Spider-Man: Homecoming in Atlanta. The film will co-star Michael Keaton as the villain Vulture, and Marisa Tomei, Tony Revolori, Zendaya, Hannibal Buress, Bokeem Woodbine, Martin Starr, and Donald Glover.
Spider-Man: Homecoming is set for a July 7, 2017 release.