As of now, three MCU entries are scheduled to debut in 2019, with Captain Marvel — starring Brie Larson as the titular superhero — and the fourth Avengers installment, which has yet to receive an official title, slated for March and May respectively. Considering these release dates are front-loaded in the spring and summer of 2019, it seems possible Marvel may debut a fourth feature in the fall or winter. And, with the Spider-Man: Homecoming sequel’s placement after Avengers 4, it may be kicking off Phase 4 (or, as was the case with Ant-Man, it may be closing out Phase 3).
Of course, Sony’s annoucement of a sequel to Spider-Man: Homecoming arrives even before the film has hit theaters — nearly seven months before, in fact. Considering Homecoming kicks off the third version of Spider-Man on the big screen in 15 years, and it’s much too early to tell how well the character’s MCU entry will perform at the box office, it remains to be seen whether the move to green light a sequel so far in advance proves to be overconfident.
That said, given the immensely positive reception of the first trailer for Spider-Man’s solo film, Sony and Marvel have reason to be confident in their web-slinging hero. Plus, Holland’s turn as Peter Parker in Civil War was so well received, many fans have named it their favorite on-screen iteration of the character. So, since the MCU continues to grow in popularity and success, green-lighting another film starring one of Marvel comics’ most beloved superheroes seems like a smart move.