Marvel Studios’ partnership with Sony Pictures to make a new “Spider-Man” movie is groundbreaking for the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but that doesn’t change that Peter Parker’s story has been told twice in recent memory; first in Sam Raimi’s Tobey Maguire-starring “Spider-Man” movies, and then half a decade later in Marc Webb’s Andrew Garfield-starring films.
Now a new actor is picking up the web-slinging superhero’s mantle. On Tuesday (June 23), Marvel and Sony jointly announced that 19-year-old Tom Holland will be the MCU’s Spider-Man, and Jon Watts will direct the standalone “Spider-Man” feature film, due in theaters on July 28, 2017. This Peter Parker will first appear in 2016’s “Captain America: Civil War,” and he isn’t getting a third origin story.
But Marvel introducing Peter Parker after he already became Spider-Man isn’t the only thing unique about this telling. Kevin Feige explains to Zap2it that the fact Peter one of many superheroes in this world sets this “Spider-Man” movie apart from what’s come before.
“The biggest thing … is that it takes place in this universe. It’s the first time that you’ll be able to see Spider-Man like he was in the comics, as a very different type of hero when compared to the other heroes in the universe,” Feige says while promoting “Ant-Man.” “Up until this point in the other Spidey films — some of which are some of the best superhero movies ever made — he was the only hero, and now he’s not. Now he’s a kid in Queens with these powers and has other [superheroes] to look to.”
It’s still unclear how big a role Spider-Man will play in the new movie. “Civil War” is about a schism between the Avengers, where one side supports Tony Stark and the other side supports Captain America. In the comics, Spider-Man was a key player in this arc, but before the Sony partnership was announced, Marvel implied that new character Black Panther would fill that function.
Even though the details of Peter’s function in “Civil War” remain vague, Feige says this version of Peter’s story will still touch on the idea of him being torn between superhero ideologies. “Does he want to be like these other characters? Does he want nothing to do with these other characters? How does that impact his experience, being this grounded but super powerful hero? Those are all the things that Stan Lee and Steve Ditko played with in the first 10 years of his comics, and that now we can play with for the first time in a movie,” he explains.
“Ant-Man” will help set up “Civil War,” with Paul Rudd’s character Scott Lang even playing a role in that next movie. There’s even a line in this new film that can be interpreted as a nod to “Spider-Man,” though Feige says that’s unintentional.
“That line was old, actually,” he says. “All that was meant to be very generic.”
“Ant-Man” hits theaters on July 17, while “Civil War” is slated for release on May 6, 2016.