Jon Watts: the director so nice, Marvel hired him twice.
With Spider-Man: Homecoming proving a critical and commercial success, Sony and Marvel are opting to let it ride with Watts at the helm—the director is in talks to return for their next Spider-Man flick, per THR. The currently untitled sequel is set for a July 5, 2019 release, with Tom Holland reprising his role as the web-head. The sequel will pick up after the events of Avengers: Infinity War, which recently wrapped production and will hit theaters on May 4, 2018.
Homecoming—which Watts also co-wrote along with Jonathan Goldstein, John Francis Daley, Christopher Ford, Chris McKenna and Erik Sommers—has cleaned up at the box office, raking in $467.3 million worldwide in the two weeks since its release. Paste’s own Jim Vorel called the film “briskly paced and charming to a fault,” while also pointing out that “it’s … impressive that such a self-assured film would come from a relatively unproven director in Watts.”
Prior to helming Homecoming, Watts was best known for the acclaimed indie Cop Car, starring Kevin Bacon as a corrupt sheriff. It’s safe to say the director has successfully made the leap to the big-time, especially now that he’s poised to direct multiple entries in Hollywood’s most super-sized cinematic universe.
Read our review of Homecoming here, and our recent interview with Watts here.