Marvel Studios: Spider-Man Confirmed for ‘Civil War,’ Searching for ‘Black Panther’ Director

By June 24, 2015

Coming off of the announcement of Spider-Man’s casting in the new venture between Sony Pictures and Marvel Studios, the latter’s president has confirmed that their newest recruit will indeed be present in the upcoming film featuring many of the MCU’s biggest stars.

In an interview with THR, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige commented on Spider-Man’s recent casting, and his inclusion in next May’s blockbuster-in-waiting, Captain America: Civil War, saying that Tom Holland will be expected to arrive “immediately” to the Atlanta, Georgia set of that film, where it’s currently shooting. On the venture with Sony for Spider-Man, Feige said,

Well, we’re producing it for Sony. It’s exciting, and we’re treating it like we treat all of our films. To try to make the best version now of Spider-Man and a version of Spider-Man that inhabits this universe that we’ve created. We’re in lockstep with [Sony Pictures chairman] Tom Rothman and [producer] Amy Pascal at every turn.

He also added that there’s a potential for other characters established in the Marvel Cinematic Universe to show up in Sony’s new Spider-Man films, but stayed far away from any specifics in regards to that possibility. Feige also talked a lot about the upcoming Black Panther film, and its ongoing search for a director. Black Panther himself will also be appearing first in Civil War, as played by actor Chadwick Boseman. Recently, Black Panther’s homeland of Wakanda was explicitly named and featured in the plot of last month’s Avengers: Age of Ultron.

Feige spoke about his hopes of bringing on directors for that project and the upcoming Captain Marvel film that represent those characters well. In regards to a lack of female directors and directors of color in mainstream Hollywood, Feige said,

It’s an issue across the industry, for sure. And the issue is, we need to find the best director for any given movie. And that’s really where we always start. If diversity is part of that, it’s great. It’s important. You will start to see things across the industry as a whole change as more filmmakers come up through the ranks and become part of making movies like this.

Captain America: Civil War will be partially based off of the Marvel Comics event storyline Civil War, published in 2006-07 and written by Mark Millar, with art by Steve McNiven. The film will feature the return of many major Marvel Cinematic Universe characters, including Chris Evans as Captain America, Robert Downey, Jr. as Iron Man, Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow, Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye, Elizabeth Olson as Scarlet Witch, Paul Bettany as Vision, Anthony Mackie as Falcon, and Sebastian Stan as the Winter Soldier. Also returning is William Hurt as General Thaddeus “Thunderbolt” Ross from The Incredible Hulk, as well as Paul Rudd from this July’s Ant-Man. And now, of course, Tom Holland as Peter Parker/Spider-Man.

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Chris Clow
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