With Captain America: Civil War hitting theaters this Friday, we’re finally going to see the growing tension between Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) and Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) reach its tipping point, with both character on opposite sides of an ideological issue that threatens to destroy the Avengers. And while this conflict will be at the center of the latest Marvel film, Civil War will also mark the introduction of two new characters into the Marvel Cinematic Universe: Spider-Man and Black Panther.
Sure, we’ve seen Spider-Man onscreen before in two different cinematic incarnations, and while each of those portrayals have their own merits, this is the first time that one of Marvel’s most iconic characters will appear onscreen alongside Iron Man, Captain America, and the rest of the MCU. Tom Holland has been tapped as the teenage webslinger, and although his role in Civil War may be a small one, he’ll be back in Spider-Man: Homecoming, a standalone adventure that Marvel is co-producing in an unprecedented deal with Sony Pictures.
While this is very much a reboot of the Spider-Man franchise (again), fans can rest easy knowing that Marvel won’t be rehashing the character’s origin story again. Speaking with Collider this week, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige acknowledged that Spidey’s background is basically common knowledge at this point:
“We spend a lot of time as we work on these movies saying ‘Don’t take it for granted that the audience saw the other the other movies or that the audience is as versed in the comic books as we are.’ We take great pains to give you everything you need to know within the context of whatever movie you’re actually watching. However, we did say, if it’s safe to assume anything, it’s safe to assume that everybody knows how Spider-Man became Spider-Man and what that backstory was. We’ve seen it a number of times now, it’s its own well-known mythology. So we said, let’s reveal that there’s been a Spider-Man in the MCU and we meet him, as you see, in this movie.
There are events that made Peter who he was, and we’ll certainly allude to those events, but we’re much more focused on his future and how he continues to grow and have a steep learning curve after, certainly, the adventure he had in Civil War on how to be his own hero.”
But your friendly neighborhood wall-crawler isn’t the only new character that will be getting the solo treatment, with Chadwick Boseman set to reprise his role as Black Panther for a standalone flick with Creed director Ryan Coogler. Early buzz from Civil War points to Black Panther as one of the film’s best elements, and Feige seems pleased with the way things are progressing on the solo outing. When asked if the script for Black Panther has been completed, he said:
“Very soon, very soon. We have a number of writers on it, including Ryan Coogler who is also directing. He’s working on the draft right now. I think between now and the end of the summer there’ll be more casting announcements. We start filming at the very beginning of next year.”
For more on Captain America: Civil War, make sure you check out Alex’s review – and stay tuned to Geek Nation as we continue to bring you the latest news about Spider-Man: Homecoming and Black Panther.
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