Spider-Man: Homecoming director Jon Watts has begun talks about helming the sequel to this summer's blockbuster.

The Tom Holland-starring webslinger reboot was released in cinemas earlier this month and has already taken almost $473m around the world. News of Watts having talks about the follow-up first appeared in US film trade publication The Hollywood Reporter.

Tom Holland as Peter Parker/Spider-Man in Spider-Man: Homecoming

Speaking to RTÉ Entertainment ahead of Homecoming's release, Watts said that he was attracted to the project as a director because it was "a really interesting universe to be exploring". 

"I had a great opportunity to tell a Spider-Man movie in a way that we've never seen before because I get to put him in the Marvel Universe," Watts explained.

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"When Spider-Man was created, [creators] Stan Lee and Steve Ditko wanted to come up with a way to show a regular guy's ground level view of this crazy world of superheroes that they had built. 

"They've never been able to do that before in the movies: Spider-Man has always been all alone in his universe.

"He's back where he belongs, which is part of the Marvel Universe"

"But now, finally, he's back where he belongs, which is [as] part of the Marvel Universe. And that just opened up the door to so many possibilities."

The sequel to Spider-Man: Homecoming - with Holland in the lead role once again - is due for release on July 5, 2019.

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Spider-Man's next big screen appearance will be in Avengers: Infinity War Part 1, which opens in Ireland on April 27, 2018.