Robert Downey Jr. confirms new Spider-Man will make debut in ‘Captain America: Civil War’

Tom Holland will appear as Spidey in the 2016 sequel before starring in his own movie

Robert Downey Jr. has confirmed that the new Spider-Man played by British actor Tom Holland will appear in Captain America: Civil War.

Holland’s webcrawler will star in his own Spider-Man movie set for release in 2017, but it has long been rumoured that he will make his debut in the next Captain America film.

During a new interview with Entertainment Weekly, Downey Jr. revealed that he had watched Holland’s Spider-Man in action on the film’s set. “[Don] Cheadle and I are just going, ‘Wow, dude, look at this.’ We’re now like the old guard, and our storyline carries real weight just because of our history in the [canon],” he recalled. “But we’re also looking around like, ‘Who thought that Falcon and Black Panther and Ant-Man and now Spider-Man…?’ I mean it’s like wow, this thing is just crazy.”

However, Chris Evans warned fans that the webcrawler’s Civil War spot is not yet guaranteed, adding: “You never know with Marvel. Sometimes they shoot things and then don’t use them.”

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Evans and Downey Jr. are joined in the sequel by a massive cast of Marvel favourites including Paul Rudd’s Ant-Man, Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow, Jeremy Renner’s Hawkeye, Elizabeth Olsen’s Scarlet Witch, Paul Bettany’s The Vision and Don Cheadle’s War Machine. Captain America regulars such as Sebastian Stan’s Winter Soldier, Anthony Mackie’s Falcon, Frank Grillo’s Crossbones and Emily VanCamp’s Sharon Carter all appear too.

Daniel Brühl will play supervillain Baron Zemo, William Hurt is reprising his role as General Thaddeus “Thunderbolt” Ross from 2008’s The Incredible Hulk and Sherlock‘s Martin Freeman has been cast in a currently unspecified role. The film is set for release on May 6, 2016.

Marvel’s plot synopsis teases: “Captain America: Civil War picks up where Avengers: Age of Ultron left off, as Steve Rogers leads the new team of Avengers in their continued efforts to safeguard humanity.

“After another international incident involving the Avengers results in collateral damage, political pressure mounts to install a system of accountability and a governing body to determine when to enlist the services of the team. The new status quo fractures the Avengers while they try to protect the world from a new and nefarious villain.”

Watch the trailer below: