‘Spider-Man’ Director Reveals Peter Parker’s Age

By September 21, 2015

While there has certainly been more than a fair share of distaste thrown towards Marvel and Sony’s 2017 Spider-Man reboot, it’s almost impossible not to be excited for it at this point. Where the original Sam Raimi Spider-Man films were the perfect kind of early 2000s superhero movies, and the most recent Amazing Spider-Man movies featured possibly the best romance storyline of the entire genre and some incredible acting, but failed due to too much studio meddling – this new take on the property sounds unlike anything we’ve seen from the character before.

The new reboot has already been compared to the 80s coming-of-age films from filmmakers like John Hughes, and is said to not only focus on a younger Peter Parker (Tom Holland) than in the previous movies, but will also be skipping over the character’s origin story.

While speaking with Empire recently (via Yahoo! UK), director Jon Watts not only confirmed that the movie will begin after Peter gets bitten by the spider and Uncle Ben’s death, but also revealed the character’s exact age in the film. Read his full quote below:

“There are only so many times you can kill Uncle Ben… I love the idea of making a coming-of-age high-school movie. We’re really going to see Peter Parker in high school and get deeper into that side of it. He’s just 15 now.”

So this puts Peter right around the beginning of his Sophomore year when the movie takes place, and for anyone who’s experienced that time in High School too, it’s probably one of the most angst-filled times in your life. So the setting should help to tap into the emotions and tone from the comics that made fans fall in love with the character in the first place .

Peter Parker/Spider-Man is my personal favorite superhero though, and while I agree that the idea of yet another reboot is somewhat frustrating – I also can’t help but be excited by the comments that Watts and Kevin Feige have made about the movie so far. With Tom Holland’s casting and a creative team filled with young and exciting new talents in the industry – it sounds like the Spider-Man movie I’ve been waiting my whole life for.

Spider-Man is set to hit theatres on July 28th, 2017.

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Alex Welch

Alex Welch

Alex dreams of meeting a girl with a yellow umbrella, and spends too much time* staring at a movie screen. His vocabulary consists mostly of movie quotes and 80s song lyrics. *Debatable