Outside of leaked promo art and unofficial set photos, Disney and Marvel Studios have released very little on the marketing front for next summer’s Captain America: Civil War. At Disney’s D23 event in August and AsiaPop Comic-Con in the Philippines, the companies played a teaser trailer for attendees – but nothing has been released to the public just yet.
The most closely held secrets revolve around the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s introduction of Peter Parker a.k.a. Spider-Man, the longtime poster boy of Marvel Comics. It was only at D23 where Tom Holland was officially listed as playing Peter Parker in the Captain America 3 cast, but no official details regarding his costume, story or role in the film have been revealed to date.
What we know comes from rumors, reports, and hints from Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige and Spider-Man re-reboot director Jon Watts – who confirmed that young Peter Parker is only 15 years old and still in High School. Rumor has it he’s been serving as a superhero in the streets of New York for a year or so, but that he doesn’t have webshooters yet. That’s part of his potential entry point into Civil War when Tony Stark a.k.a. Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) recruits him and helps develop the web-slinging tech alongside a costume upgrade.
That brings us to the latest rumor today regarding the design of Tom Holland’s Spider-Man costume. By all accounts, there are two Spider-Man costumes in Captain America: Civil War. The first is the homemade one Parker put together himself, described as loose-fitting and pajama-like, and possibly utilizing goggles for the eyes. The second is his first real Spider-Man suit that we assume Stark makes.
According to HH, there was a screening for “theater staff” this week where 15 minutes of Captain America: Civil War footage was played. In it – and this is all sadly entirely unconfirmed – Spider-Man’s back can be seen rocking the old school original, thicker logo. If true, the design is a clear nod to the original 1962 Steve Ditko design which included webbed underarms and thicker bold logos on the chest and back. That design will be familiar to viewers who watched the Ultimate Spider-Man animated series as well.
Going old school for inspiration for the debut costume is a smart place to start with MCU Spider-Man, with Parker where he belongs in high school, serving as the youth and innocence of the Avengers roster, and rocking the OG duds. From there, just like in the books, Marvel Studios and Sony can utilize other Marvel Comics suits designs in future movies. We suspect there’s a very long-term plan for this Peter Parker and that he’ll eventually be a veteran hero of the Avengers, potentially mentoring other heroes one day like Miles Morales, the next Spider-Man from the comics and animated series fans are eagerly awaiting to meet in live-action as well.
Question for you: Want to see webbed arms on the first costume?
Captain America: Civil War will release on May 6, 2016, followed by Doctor Strange – November 4, 2016; Guardians of the Galaxy 2 – May 5, 2017; Spider-Man – July 28, 2017; Thor: Ragnarok – November 3, 2017; Black Panther – February 16, 2018; The Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 – May 4, 2018; Ant-Man and the Wasp – July 6, 2018; Captain Marvel – March 8, 2019; The Avengers: Infinity War Part 2 – May 3, 2019; Inhumans – July 12, 2019; and as-yet untitled Marvel movies on May 1, July 10 and November 6, 2020.