When the trailer for Captain America: Civil War debuted in November, some were disappointed that it didn't include our first official look at the new Spider-Man (Tom Holland). Back in February 2015, Marvel finally struck a deal with Sony Pictures to include the web-slinger in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, with his debut coming in Captain America: Civil War. While we wait for our first official glimpse of the new Spidey, Captain America: Civil War directors Joe Russo and Anthony Russo spoke with ComicBook.com, with Joe Russo revealing how this version of the iconic wall-crawler is so different from previous incarnations.
"We had thought back to the things that excited us about him as a character when we were younger, and one of the most important components of that was that he's a high schooler burdened with incredible powers and responsibility. That really differentiates him from every other character in the Marvel universe as opposed to other superheroes. For us, it was extremely important that we cast somebody very close to the age of a high school student. The previous films had adults playing a high schooler. We wanted more of an authenticity to the casting. We were very specific about that. We wanted an energy and charisma from the character, an energy, but also an insecurity that would make him fun to watch in contrast to the confident superheroes."
After debuting in Captain America: Civil War, Tom Holland will go on to star in Marvel and Sony's stand alone Spider-Man reboot. Unlike the previous versions, Peter Parker will already be established as a hero, with this new movie skipping the iconic origin story. Joe Russo also revealed that he wanted to make Peter Parker a truly contemporary character, who will have a more grounded and realistic living environment.
"It was also important to us that the actor that was cast feel contemporary because the other films that portrayed where he lived is more... they honored the comic books in terms of the choices. But you go look at the home that Tobey Maguire lived in in Raimi's Spider-Man was... those were very expensive homes. We wanted to relate it to the reality. A character growing up with his aunt in New York, a single income family... Where would they live? What would that look like? Where could they afford to live? We asked ourselves all those questions. We try to take a very logical and realistic and naturalistic approach to the character."
Marvel president Kevin Feige has previously teased that the studio has big plans for Spidey in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and the studio's deal with Sony allows the character to appear in several other movies, but nothing has been confirmed yet. Anthony Russo added that the MCU itself helped inform the choices they made for this new incarnation of Peter Parker. Here's what the filmmaker had to say.
"We're bringing Spider-Man into the movie in that universe, now, in that specific tonal stylistic world. I think underscoring everything Joe was saying about your question in terms of how were we thinking about the character in relation to past interpretations of the character, part of our choices were all so colored by the specifics of the world what we were playing in with these two Captain America movies, meaning Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Civil War. It's a very specific tonal world. It's a little more grounded and a little more hard-core contemporary. That was also coloring our choices a lot about the character on Spider-Man."
When the new Spidey debuts in Captain America: Civil War, arriving May 6, this will be the third version of the character to hit the big screen in the past 14 years. 19-year-old Tom Holland is much younger than both Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield were when they played the webbed wonder, but Joe Russo added that they aren't trying to slight any of the previous versions of Spidey. Here's what the director had to say.
"We're not trying to denigrate other interpretations of Spider-Man. Raimi's movies are fantastic. Spider-Man one and two are amazing. Two, is one of if not my favorite comic book movie of all time. But he made a very strong choice with those movies from a color palate standpoint to a costume standpoint, execution standpoint, camerawork standpoint to honor the feeling of the comic book. We're trying to honor the feeling of naturalism and to honor the feeling of reality. The harder we can pull these characters into reality, the better for us, especially because we're all so connected now through social media, the Internet. We're all so dialed in to what's happening in current events. That it's important for us that these characters live in the world that we live in because it makes them more real and it makes our experience of watching them more passionate and more well-rounded."
There have been rumors that the reboot will take place in Peter Parker's first year of high school, with the subsequent sequels also taking place over one year of his high school career. The previous movies didn't spend much time in high school, so it will be interesting to see how this new set of movies takes shape. What do you think about all of these new Spidey details?