Robert Downey Jr. joins Spider-Man: Homecoming | EW.com

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Iron Man joins Sony's new Spider-Man film

Robert Downey Jr. will costar in Sony's 'Spider-Man: Homecoming'

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Iron Man is now #TeamSpidey.

Robert Downey Jr. has signed on to appear as Tony Stark in Sony Pictures’ Spider-Man: Homecoming, further weaving the new standalone webslinger film into the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Spider-Man has previously been licensed exclusively by Sony, but a sharing arrangement last year allowed Marvel Studios to feature the rebooted character, played by The Impossible’s Tom Holland, in Captain America: Civil War.

Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige recently told EW that the deal is a two-way street. “He is in the universe now, and the fun of the universe is that characters go back and forth,” said Feige, who is producing Homecoming with former Sony studio chief Amy Pascal.

It’s one thing to swap characters, but recruiting actors is a different story. Sources close to the film confirm to EW that Downey has formally struck a deal to appear in Homecoming — an arrangement first reported by Borys Kit of The Hollywood Reporter.

The new Spidey film, set for release July 7, 2017, will be directed by Jon Watts (Cop Car) and will costar Marisa Tomei as Peter Parker’s doting Aunt May. K.C. Undercover actress Zendaya will also appear in the film, along with The Grand Budapest Hotel actor Tony Revolori and One Life to Live alum Laura Harrier.

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