The first addition is Jennifer Connelly, who Marvel fans may be familiar with in her pre-Marvel Cinematic Universe role as Betty Ross in the 2003 Hulk. She costarred with Eric Bana, who was in the title role. The Ang Lee-directed film received mixed reaction.
Connelly’s role in Spider-Man: Homecoming will be as “Karen/Suit Lady” lending her voice to the A.I. to Peter Parker’s Spider-Man suit created by Tony Stark (Robert Downey, Jr.).Unlike Paul Bettany, who initially provided the voice of J.A.R.V.I.S. as Stark’s personal A.I. and became The Vision in The Avengers: The Age of Ultron, Connelly won’t be making a live action appearance.
The second surprise addition is Gwyneth Paltrow, who reprises her role as Pepper Potts. Her last appearance in the MCU was 2013’s Iron Man 3. Her character was temporarily written off in the MCU following the events of the film as Tony explained it as a “separation.” It will be interesting how they write her back in.
The cast list also reveals more Spider-Man staples in Aaron Davis/The Prowler, Mac Gargan/The Scorpion (who was also Venom at one point in the comics), two Shockers, Betty Brant and Doris Toomes. They’ll be played by Donald Glover, Michael Mando, Bokeem Woodbine (who plays the Herman Schultz version of the Shocker), Logan Marshall-Green (who plays the Jackson Brice version of Shocker), Angourie Rice, and Garcelle Beauvais, respectively.
Stan Lee and Chris Evans (Captain America/Steve Rogers) will be making cameos in the film.
The addition of Mac Gargan to the MCU is quite interesting in and of itself. With Tom Hardy playing Eddie Brock in Sony’s Venom film, I’m kind of wondering if they’ll have Gargan don the symbiote in the future. Same goes for Flash Thompson (Tony Revolori). I’m curious if they’ll have him become Agent Venom.
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Spider-Man: Homecoming comes to theaters July 7.