Ever since word first came down that Marvel Studios had entered into a licensing agreement with Sony Pictures to bring Spider-Man to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, fans have been speculating on whether or not the man under the mask would actually be Peter Parker. While comic book events like “Spider-Verse” and alternate versions of the character abound, some people have reasoned that the studio might be going with the Ultimate universe iteration of the Webslinger, Miles Morales. The character that premiered in the comics in the summer of 2011 after the Ultimate version of Peter Parker died, Miles is quite a bit younger than Peter as well as being an African-American, and has become a fan-favorite in the four years since he made his debut.
For fans who had either hoped or believed that Miles would be the iteration of Spider-Man that would show up in upcoming films based in the MCU, we have some different news to report. According to Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige — in an interview with Collider — Peter Parker will be returning in the new films. He said,
In terms of the age of an actor we’ll eventually to cast, I don’t know. In terms of the age of what we believe Peter Parker is, I’d say 15-16 is right. […] 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.
Feige has an excellent point. For the Marvel films that have been released outside of Marvel Studios — going back to 1998’s Blade and 2000’s X-Men — there have been a greater degree of notable deviations from the comics. The most recent movies for Spider-Man definitely took certain elements from the comics, but the world established by the films of Marc Webb didn’t really end up resembling the comics very much, especially in the ways some of the supporting characters were handled. It would be great to see a Spider-Man — and his supporting cast — that look a bit more like the comics, and under the supervision of Marvel Studios that seems much more likely.
The rumor is that Spider-Man will first show up in Captain America: Civil War, which will hit theaters on May 6th, 2016. For more on this story as it develops, keep it locked on GeekNation!
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