We might be more than six months away from Spider-Man: Homecoming swinging into cinemas, but Sony has just set July 5, 2019, as the date for the as yet untitled sequel. Following the rousing response to the recently released trailers, it's easy to see why Sony are confident that the rebooted Spider-Man solo movie will deliver.
Just a couple of years ago, the prospect of Spider-Man joining the MCU seemed like little more than fanboy dreaming. Sony owned the rights to the character (and all surrounding characters) and was trying to make a go of a 'shared movie universe.' Sony had Andrew Garfield on a four-picture deal and was busy setting up spin-offs for The Sinister Six and Venom. However, after The Amazing Spider-Man 2 failed to generate the supersized revenue the studio had banked on, Sony started to consider hitting the reboot button once again.
Thanks to an unprecedented deal struck with Marvel Studios and Sony; the new Spider-Man was finally allowed to interact with the Avengers on the big screen with young whippersnapper Tom Holland making an impressive debut in Captain America: Civil War. He might only have had limited screen time, but Holland made the most of it and the father/son type chemistry with Robert Downey Jr's Tony Stark was loaded with buddy movie potential.
The confidence in the future of Spider-Man has spread to another of Sony's high-profile sequel and nicked its release date. Bad Boys 4 is now set to launch two months early on May 24, 2019, the decision is extra optimistic as Bad Boys 3 (aka Bad Boys For Life) has yet to start production. Directed by Joe Carnahan (The A-Team) and reuniting Will Smith and Martin Lawrence for the long-gestating threequel. Bad Boys For Life is still scheduled for a January 2018 debut, but it remains to be seen if Sony will be able to get the cameras rolling in time to meet that deadline.
Spider-Man: Homecoming is released in the UK on July 7, 2017.