Apr 23, 2016 05:44 AM EDT

" Iron Man " Robert Downey Jr. Is In 'Spider-Man: Homecoming', Actor Called The Franchise Insurance In Movie Business

By Jane Reed

It's official Robert Downey Jr. has made it known that he's going to be part of the next Spider-Man movie for Sony and Marvel's "Spider-Man: Homecoming."

Downey's tandem with Spidey makes the connection behind the "Captain America: Civil War" narrative, according to The Hollywood Reporter. In a financial perspective, Robert Downey Jr.'s presence was necessary. Forbes has it that he is what the movie industry calls a franchise insurance.

This is the third Spider-Man franchise to come out and Jon Watts' movie is reportedly going to be a big hit when it hits theaters in July 2017. Reports indicated that Tom Holland's portrayal of Peter Parker created a great impression amongst viewers. But the fact remains that this is still the third "new" Spider-Man franchise in the last fifteen years.

Which is why the franchise-movie industry needs Tony Stark to be in the picture. Robert Downey Jr. will most likely wear the Iron Man suit again but he is considered by Forbes to be a "hopefully we don't need it" insurance policy. It's well-known that the Marvel Cinematic Universe movies that has Tony Stark in it does a lot better compared to those without him.

It is not known if this Spider-Man movie will be within the realm of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The pending movie still needs to compete against "Amazing Spider-Man 2's" $709M hit. It is also not known just how much face-time Robert Downey Jr. will make in the trailers and in the movie but Forbes goes on to say that having enough Iron Man footage in the trailers is a much safer bet to truly breakout as opposed to a Spider-Man: Homecoming that does not feature Tony Stark.

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