Robert Downey Jr. Joins The Growing Cast of 'Spider-Man: Homecoming' As Michael Keaton Drops Out

With Captain America: Civil War just a few weeks away, the anticipation to see Marvel Studios' version of Spider-Man make his debut has been increasing. Early viewers have already revealed that audiences can expect to see Tom Holland's version of the webslinger in at least thirty minutes of the films run time, which may not be enough for some fans. Well for those hoping to see more of the MCU's version of the famed character, they won't have to wait much longer as his solo film Spider-Man: Homecoming will hit theaters next summer. The cast of the film has been growing over the last couple of days, with official news of RDJ's inclusion in the film recently surfacing. 

The news of Robert Downey Jr.'s role in the film won't come as much of a surprise to most fans. We've known for quite some time from rumors that Marvel was very keen to include many of their own already established characters in the film, specifically Iron Man. Spider-Man himself will actually be featured on Iron Man's team in Civil War, so it appears the two characters will have a strong bond. While we don't know how important of a part Tony Stark will be playing in Homecoming, we can expect to see him be a sort of mentor to Peter Parker and possibly suit up alongside him.
As for the other big casting announcement in regards to Spider-Man: Homecoming, Deadline has reported that Michael Keaton has dropped out of the running to play the film's villain. It had been reported last week that Keaton was in talks for the undisclosed part, which rumored to be the Spider-Man villain Vulture. No other names had been suggested with Keaton's, so there is still no idea as to which actors Marvel is now looking at to take on the role Keaton would've had. 
Despite Keaton's absence, the cast of Spider-Man: Homecoming that is shaping up around lead actor Tom Holland has been very impressive. An array of young talented actors such as Zendaya, Laura Harrier, and Tony Revolori have all officially come on board and will likely play fellow students of Peter Parker. Marisa Tomei will also of course be reprising her role from Civil War as Peter's Aunt May, who will be a much younger rendition of the character than audiences are used to.
So are you excited to see Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man make an appearance? Are you disappointed Michael Keaton won't be playing the villain? Let us know below!