Spider-Man may have to wait until 2017 before appearing in his next standalone movie, but audiences will get to see Tom Holland take on the role of Peter Parker for the first time in the very next Marvel Studios release, Captain America: Civil War. From what we know of the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s Spider-Man so far, he will be younger than previous incarnations (firmly a high school student, rather than being on the verge of graduating) and will have to balance his life as a superhero with homework and the struggles of teenage social awkwardness.
The casting process for Spider-Man was fairly lengthy and involved an ever-changing list of actors who were rumored to be in the running, including Asa Butterfield and Nat Wolff. Just because the role has been cast, however, it doesn’t mean that the Spider-Man rumors are about to slow down.
Latino-Review has now shared an image that the site originally claimed was concept art drawn from a description of Spider-Man’s costume in Captain America: Civil War. After it emerged that the image was actually fan art drawn by artist Pietro Scola Di Mambro several years ago, the article was updated to clarify that it wasn’t really an artist’s rendering, but that an inside source had picked the image out as being a rough approximation of what Peter Parker’s costume looks like in Civil War.
Take this with a big pinch of salt due to the unverified nature of the source and the confusion over where the artwork came from. Still, the rumored costume style is worth checking out as a cool piece of fan art, and it does fit with the image of a teenage superhero who had to make his costume at home in secret, using whatever he could get his hands on. A design like this would certainly help to differentiate Marvel’s Spider-Man from the previous big screen versions of the character.
The main indication that there might be some truth to this costume description is an unverified Twitter account called Russo Brothers (named after Anthony and Joe Russo, who are directing Captain America: Civil War), which has been posting extreme close-ups of what appear to be costumes and props from the upcoming Marvel movie. One of the recent photos showed what looks like a call sheet for “Sputnik” (Civil War‘s working title), and there have been several photos that seem to offer tiny sneak peeks at Marvel’s Spider-Man.
The clearest of these shows what looks like a pair of goggles against a black and red costume, and another photo shows textured fabric with the same color. This aligns with the claim that Spider-Man’s new costume will be be black and red rather than blue and red, as in previous films. These photos could, of course, have been faked, but it may be worth keeping an eye on this mystery Twitter account (which James Gunn has assured everyone does not belong to the real Russos) in future for more tidbits.
The final bit of rumor currently circulating is a cast list for the Spider-Man standalone movie that supposedly names all of the actors who are currently in talks or have already been cast. According to this list, Jason Biggs (American Pie) is in final talks to play Mac Gargan a.k.a. Scorpion, and Billy Zane (Titanic) is in final talks to play Adrian Toomes a.k.a. The Vulture. Other actors on the list include Timothée Chalamet, who was previously on the shortlist to play Peter Parker, as Harry Osborn.
With no disrespect meant to Biggs, it’s quite difficult to picture him taking on the role of Scorpion. Zane as The Vulture is a somewhat more exciting prospect, but the source for this cast list is an anonymous Imgur and Reddit poster. Literally anyone could type out a hypothetical cast list, take a photo of it and upload it to the internet, so we don’t advise taking the list seriously.
A black and red Spider-Man costume with foot wraps and goggles? Jason Biggs as a Marvel supervillain? Billy Zane joining the MCU? Let us know in the comments which of these rumors you’d most like to be true.
Ant-Man is in theaters now; Captain America: Civil War releases on May 6, 2016; Doctor Strange– November 4, 2016; Guardians of the Galaxy 2 – May 5, 2017; Spider-Man reboot – July 28, 2017; Thor: Ragnarok – November 3, 2017; The Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 – May 4, 2018; Black Panther – July 6, 2018; Captain Marvel – November 2, 2018; The Avengers: Infinity War Part 2 – May 3, 2019; Inhumans – July 12, 2019.