Spider-Man is apparently going to be scrapping with a UFC fighter in his next movie. Actually, it’s not just any UFC fighter. He’s the new UFC welterweight champion.
Tyron Woodley, who defeated Robbie Lawler for the welterweight belt at UFC 201 on July 30, has been added to the cast of next summer’s Spider-Man: Homecoming. That information comes from none other than Woodley himself. OK, there’s a little bit of speculation here, but the dots are easily connected.
“I don’t know if I can even say this, but I’m working on a Marvel movie on Thursday in Atlanta.”
You just said it, Tyron!
— Tyron T-Wood Woodley (@TWooodley) August 2, 2016
Two Marvel movies are currently filming. One is Thor: Ragnarok, but that production is in Australia. The other is Spider-Man: Homecoming, which is being filmed in Atlanta. As Helwani pointed out, Atlanta has been good to the fighter, as that was the site of UFC 201.
Since Woodley probably shouldn’t have mentioned he was appearing in a Marvel movie, there’s no word on what sort of role he’ll be playing. Will he have an actual role in the film, perhaps even with a line or two? Or will he do stunt work? Woodley did stunts in Olympus Has Fallen, as well as Straight Outta Compton and Kickboxer: Vengeance, in which he had acting roles. Here’s hoping that he plays Peter Parker’s high school gym teacher.
Woodley has been busy fielding Hollywood offers since winning his UFC title. He mentioned in the interview that he’s accepted roles in three movies, in addition to considering two others that he might not be able to take. Of those three roles, Woodley committed to the Marvel gig after his UFC 201 victory.
There have been some rumblings that Woodley’s next fight could be against Georges St-Pierre. Maybe before they clash in the octagon, Woodley can consult St-Pierre on acting in a Marvel movie. You may recall that GSP took on Captain America in Captain America: The Winter Soldier.
Spider-Man: Homecoming hits theaters on July 7, 2017.