Late last month, Marvel CEO Joe Quesada let it slip that their version of Spider-Man, who will first appear in a Marvel movie before getting his own standalone reboot at Sony, is indeed Peter Parker. This came after much speculation that Marvel and Sony might go with Miles Morales for their planned Phase 3 rebranding of the franchise. Today, while doing press for Avengers: Age of Ultron, master and keeper of all things in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Kevin Feige confirmed that it is indeed Peter Parker whom we'll see, mostly likely making his debut in next year's Captain America: Civil War. He also talked about the rumored high school story line, and casting.
Collider caught up with Kevin Feige, who will be overseeing this reboot of the Spider-Man mythos for the big screen. And he deserves a fair amount of credit for bringing Spider-Man back into the Marvel fold. Casting is currently ongoing right now, and about that, the producer says:
"In terms of the age of an actor we'll eventually cast, I don't know. In terms of the age of what we believe Peter Parker is, I'd say 15-16 is right."
It is believed that the new Spider-Man trilogy will take place primarily in High School. Kevin Feige went onto explain why he is exciting to place the character back behind his desk in a classroom. And how that makes for a different take on the series:
"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. 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."
The producer goes onto talk about Peter Parker's high school career in previous movies. With a lot of the other MCU characters nearing or reaching middle-age, he thinks bringing a kid into the mix will serve as the perfect foil for characters such as Tony Stark's Iron Man and Steve Roger's Captain America. He explains:
"I think it was midway through the first film that he graduated high school. At the beginning of the second Marc Webb film, he graduated high school. And some of my favorite Spider-Man arcs and Spider-Man stories, he's in high school for a lot of it. We want to explore that. That also makes him very, very different from any of our other characters in the MCU, which is something else we want to explore: how unique he is when now put against all these other characters."
Captain America: Civil War is rumored to be the movie that introduced this new Peter Parker to the world. Shooting on this Marvel Phase Three adventure is scheduled to start as soon as Chris Evans and the rest of his cast mates complete their Avengers: Age of Ultron press tour. So expect to hear Peter Parker casting soon. The teenager will arrive in his own solo adventure summer 2017. So it won't be too long before Spider-Man is back up and swinging once again.