We’re starting to get a better idea of how Marvel Studios will be utilizing Spider-Man, now that we know that actor Tom Holland will be the new Peter Parker, and that Jon Watts will direct the 2017 film.
In a couple of new interviews, Feige elaborated on what the tone of the new film with the Webslinger will be. In an interview with SlashFilm, Feige described the upcoming Spider-Man reboot as being, “a John Hughes movie.” Hughes was known in his career for directing teen-oriented films like Sixteen Candles, The Breakfast Club, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, and Curly Sue, along with writing films like Mr. Mom and Home Alone. He also talked about how the character’s age will put him in a fundamentally different place than many of Marvel’s other heroes, who are generally more adult.
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.
In an interview with Collider, Feige also talked about pitting Spider-Man against other heroes, saying that one of the things that actually got Holland the job was a screen test with him “squaring off” against Robert Downey, Jr. in character as Tony Stark. In that test, Holland reportedly held his own against the veteran quick-wit pretty well. “That was part of it,” Feige explained. “When we’ll see that, I don’t know, but that was part of it.”
Feige also said in the interview with SlashFilm that he’s interested in the new film and subsequent installments exploring villains from Spider-Man’s rogues gallery that have yet to be explored on film yet, so that likely rules out previous cinematic villains like the Green Goblin, Doctor Octopus, Sandman, Venom, the Lizard, Electro, and Rhino from the primary antagonist slots of the forthcoming films. Feige also explained to Collider why Jon Watts was the ultimate choice to helm the new Spider-Man solo film.
We met with him four, five, or six times, and each time he had more and more interesting things to say. And at Marvel, it always comes down to ultimately, ‘We can make a movie with this person for two years, we could spend almost every day with this person for two years. Let’s go.’
Tom Holland’s Spider-Man will debut in the MCU in some form when Captain America: Civil War hits theaters on May 6th, 2016. The solo Spider-Man film is being co-produced between Marvel Studios and Sony Pictures, and is expected to bow in theaters in the summer of 2017. For more on Spider-Man as it develops further, keep a tab open to GeekNation!
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