Next year's Captain America: Civil War will not only kick off Marvel Phase 3, but will introduce Spider-Man, played by Tom Holland, into the MCU. One year later, Sony will distribute the new Spider-Man movie, produced by Marvel. At this time, we know that Marvel will skip the familiar origin story, with Peter Parker already established as the web-slinger, as he juggles his heroic secret life with high school. While promoting Ant-Man, producer Kevin Feige offered some insight into the new Spider-Man movie, comparing it to a John Hughes version of a superhero movie.
"It's the soap opera in high school, and those supporting characters, that are interesting. Just as we hadn't seen a heist movie in a long time, or a shrinking movie in a long time, we haven't seen a John Hughes movie in a long time. Not that we can make a John Hughes movie - only John Hughes could - but we're inspired by him, and merging that with the superhero genre in a way we haven't done before excites us."
"What's fun about a Spider-Man movie for us - stakes don't need to be end of the world. Oftentimes, in our films, it is, and in our future films Thanos doesn't work small. But sometimes the stakes can just be 'Will this little girl grow up to be healthy and well put-together, or are there too many issues for her to overcome?' That's HUGE! That overrides a threat to reality itself. And I think Spider-Man straddles that line in a fun way in his comics. What we wanted was a movie where the stakes could be as high as 'This bad person is going to do this bad thing, and a lot of people could die' OR 'You don't get home in time and your aunt is going to figure this out, and your whole life is going to change.' Particularly at that age, in high school, everything feels like life or death. The tests feel like life or death. Coming home from being out with your friends seemed like life or death. The stakes are high at that age."
The producer also confirmed that fans will get to see brand new villains who haven't been seen in the first two versions of Spider-Man, although he didn't mention any specific villains yet.
'That's the advantage. Right now we're interested in seeing villains we haven't seen before."
Earlier this month, we reported that the new Spider-Man reboot could feature other Marvel heroes, but some fans are wondering if Spidey could show up in any of the studio's Netflix TV shows. While he didn't give a definitive answer, Kevin Feige teased that it may be possible.
"My general answer to that is never say never. But our current Sony deal is very specific - we're producing the standalone film, with a certain amount of back and forth allowed."
In a separate interview, Kevin Feige said that this adaptation will be the closest to the comics that fans have seen.
"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. 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."