After months of speculation, Marvel Studio’s chief Kevin Feige confirms which Spider-Man we will see when he appears in ‘Captain America: Civil War’ next year….
The deal between Sony and Marvel to share Spider-Man as a character was a huge moment for the two studios as well as fans around the world who just wanted to see their favorite neighborhood web-slinger appear beside The Avengers and other characters from the same comic book universe.
Spider-Man is set to appear in ‘Captain America: Civil War’ next year before a stand-alone feature film is made with Sony and Marvel coordinating on the project.
What hasn’t been confirmed, until now, is which version of Spider-Man we will be seeing on screen.
First off, Andrew Garfield is officially done playing Spider-Man and while he actually did an admirable job with the role it seems Marvel and Sony are wiping the slate clean and starting new with this version of the character.
Second, while rumors swirled that the new Spider-Man could end being Miles Morales — the Spider-Man from the Marvel ‘Ultimate’ universe — that was also shot down this week when Feige confirmed that Peter Parker will be the only web-head appearing on screen any time soon. He also went one step further and also stated that the new Spider-Man will be a teenager in high school when we first meet him in the new ‘Captain America’ movie.
“In terms of the age of an actor we’ll eventually to cast, I don’t know. In terms of the age of what we believe Peter Parker is, I’d say 15-16 is right,” Feige said.
Feige went onto say that part of the reason they want a high school aged Spider-Man is because that’s one type of character Marvel really hasn’t tackled yet not to mention many of his greatest stories take place while he’s still a teenager.
“We want to play with Spider-Man in the high school years because frankly there’ve been five Spider-Man films and the amazing thing about it is, even though there’ve been five Spider-Man films, there are so many things from the comics that haven’t been done yet,” Feige said.
“Not just characters or villains or supporting characters, but sides to his character. The most obvious being the ‘young, doesn’t quite fit in’ kid before his powers, and then the fella that puts on a mask and swings around and fights bad guys and doesn’t shut up, which is something we want to play with and we’re excited about.”
One additional piece of good news revealed by Feige recently about the relaunch of Spider-Man — there won’t be another origin story for the next film made about him. The idea is at this point with at least two different origin stories told in a couple of Spider-Man films in the last 15 years, not to mention decades worth of comics and other materials out there, it’s just not necessary to re-tell it again!
Casting still hasn’t officially been confirmed, but ‘Captain America: Civil War’ is picking up production soon so you’d have to imagine there will be a new Spider-Man announced sooner rather than later.
Be on the lookout for a teenager with messy hair and slightly geekish qualities because he might just be the next Peter Parker.