With 2015 winding to a close, many fans are reflecting on the year that was. One landmark highlight for many superhero fans was Marvel's deal with Sony to bring Spider-Man into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The web slinger, played by Tom Holland, will make his MCU debut in next year's Captain America: Civil War, although we still haven't gotten our first official glimpse at this updated character quite yet. In a new video interview posted by Anily, directors Anthony Russo and Joe Russo shed some light on how this iconic character will be different in Captain America: Civil War. Here's what Anthony Russo had to say about this modern-day interpretation of Spider-Man.
"This is a completely new version of Spider-Man that's introduced in Civil War. It was very important to us that we go younger with the character because what we love about Spider-Man is that he's still a high school student. That's a part of his vulnerability and it's what makes him special in the Marvel Universe; he's very unique. We wanted to play to that aspect of the character. We also wanted to think about 'Who is Marvel today?' A lot of times when you get interpretations of Marvel, they're very nostalgic to the origins of the character. Sometimes there's an old-fashioned patina to the tone of who Marvel is. We wanted to think about who is Marvel today if he's living in Queens, what's the texture of his life like, what's the texture of his relationship with his aunt who lives with him. How can we make the relationship and character very contemporary? That's our goal with the character."
While we still don't know much about how Spider-Man fits into the story, we know he will have a new costume, although we still haven't seen our official first look quite yet. Spidey won't be the only character with a new costume in Captain America: Civil War, though, with Chris Evans' title character getting an upgrade in his third stand alone adventure. We've seen glimpses of this outfit in the first trailer released last month, now director Anthony Russo offers this about Cap's latest wardrobe change.
"It is a new costume We were trying to pull forward the work that we had done in Captain America: The Winter Soldier on Cap. So, the innovations that we made to his costume in that form are very much the tonal texture that we are pulling forward. Civil War is very much connected and rooted in The Winter Soldier. So, as far as the specifics of the costume, we don't want to give too much away, but it is a new costume slightly different from what you've seen before. And it's grounded in that Winter Soldier tone."
Captain America: Civil War will not only be the first Phase Three movie, but it will also be the first movie to be released since the studio disbanded their creative committee. The move happened in September, just one week after studio president Kevin Feige restructured his deal so he would report directly to Disney, and not Marvel Entertainment CEO Ike Perlmutter. When asked if there will be any noticeable differences in Captain America: Civil War, Joe Russo had this to say.
"To the audience, I don't know if they'll see a difference in the quality of the movies. That's for sure because Kevin Feige is still the brains behind Marvel, and that hasn't changed. I just think, from a political standpoint, the machinations of the studio have become more streamlined. Does that make for a better creative storytelling? Yes, absolutely because it's easier for my brother and I to sit in a room with Kevin and discuss storytelling, and to come to creative decisions, and move through those decisions much quicker. We'll see how people respond to Captain America: Civil War."
There had long been rumors that the Marvel Creative Committee caused quite a bit of friction with some filmmakers, and is reportedly one of the reasons that Edgar Wright backed away from directing Ant-Man. Anthony Russo revealed that he didn't have much interaction with the committee on Captain America: The Winter Soldier or Captain America: Civil War, before it was disbanded. Here's what the filmmaker had to say.
"Just to speak to our experience on Captain America: The Winter Soldier, we didn't have a whole lot of interaction with the committee. So, for us on a personal level, I don't know if it will be that different because we've never engaged with them that much anyway. Maybe other directors have had a different experience, but for us, we had a very limited interaction with the committee. We deal with Kevin Feige and Marvel Studios. That's how we made Captain America: The Winter Soldier and that's how we made Captain America: Civil War. For us it's a very similar process."
After Anthony Russo and Joe Russo finish work on Captain America: Civil War, they'll move into directing Avengers: Infinity War Part I and Avengers: Infinity War - Part II. Back in May, it was confirmed that the directors will film the two-part adventure entirely using a revolutionary new IMAX camera. When asked how much of the movie will be shot with the traditional large-format IMAX cameras, Joe Russo had this to say.
"It's about 20 minutes of IMAX. It's our first time using these new Arri 65 cameras in the IMAX format and it's beautiful. Once we saw the 20 minutes of footage that we had shot, that's when we made the decision to do both movies of the Infinity War [entirely] in it. The scale is appropriate for superhero storytelling. There's a lot of characters in those movies, a lot of characters who are tall characters. Big characters who are much taller than regular humans. So, when you have that beautiful IMAX top and bottom frame, it creates a much grander format for a movie like that to be viewed in. I just feel like the thing that distinguishes movies right now is that wide-screen format and the difference of why you go out of your house to go to the theater; it's to have that experience that you can't have at your house. For us, we wanted to really deliver on the promise of those movies. There're 20 movies behind them, so they're the culmination of 20 films and it needs a big beautiful format to tell that story."
There is still very little we know about Avengers: Infinity War Part I and Avengers: Infinity War - Part II, except that the Russos will direct from a screenplay by Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely. Unfortunately, the director's wouldn't reveal any characters who will be appearing in the two-part adventure, but Joe Russo added that fans won't be disappointed.
"You won't be disappointed in the scale of those movies, or in the amount of characters that are in them. As mentioned, 20 films of storytelling will intersect in those movies. We don't have any surprises for anybody [right now]. Those movies are a couple years away. Let people speculate about who they want to see in those films, and why they want to see them. And we'll see how the storytelling continues to develop in the movies that have still yet to come out. But you won't be disappointed in the amount of characters." We can guess, but time will tell."
After Captain America: Civil War, we still have several more Marvel adventures to enjoy before Avengers: Infinity War Part I and Avengers: Infinity War - Part II hits theaters. Doctor Strange hits theaters on November 4, 2016, followed by Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (May 5, 2017), Thor: Ragnarok (November 3, 2017), Black Panther (February 16, 2018), Ant-Man and the Wasp (July 6, 2018), Captain Marvel (March 8, 2019) and Inhumans (July 12, 2019). What do you think about these new details for Captain America: Civil War and Avengers: Infinity War Part I and Avengers: Infinity War - Part II? While we wait for more on these superhero adventures, take a look at the Russo brothers' 17-minute video interview below.