Captain America: Civil War is in many ways Marvel's most ambitious movie to date, bringing together a huge roster of MCU superheroes and pitting them against each other. For many Marvel fans, though, the most exciting development is the addition of Spider-Man to that roster after an agreement between Sony and Marvel made his appearance possible.
Sony isn't lending Spider-Man back to Marvel out of the kindness of their hearts, though. The agreement came after the lukewarm reception for The Amazing Spider-Man 2 put Sony's plans to expand on the film with some sinister spinoffs on ice, and now the burden is on Marvel to present an all-new, slightly more amazing Spider-Man.
In a new video interview, Civil War directors Joe and Anthony Russo talked about how their new take on Spider-Man will be more "contemporary" than previous incarnations:
"Sometimes there’s an old-fashioned patina to the tone of who Spider-Man is. We wanted to think about who is Spider-Man today if he’s living in Queens, what’s the texture of his life like, what’s the texture of his relationship with his aunt who lives with him. How can we make the relationship and character very contemporary? That’s our goal with the character."
Spider-Man isn't the only hero getting a makeover, though. Captain America is still the name on the marquee, and he'll be getting an update to his look as well:
"We were trying to pull forward the work that we had done in Captain America: The Winter Soldier on Cap. So, the innovations that we made to his costume in that form are very much the tonal texture that we are pulling forward. Civil War is very much connected and rooted in The Winter Soldier."
Granted, a new costume isn't quite as extreme a makeover as a new actor and new take on the character. Captain America will still be the Captain America audiences have gotten to know through his first two solo movies and the first two Avengers movies. Changing that at this point would be a blow to the consistency Marvel's movies have become known for. Hopefully some of that consistency rubs off on Spider-Man when he heads back over to Sony for his eventual solo movie.
Captain America: Civil War stars Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie, Emily VanCamp, Don Cheadle, Jeremy Renner, Chadwick Boseman, Paul Bettany, Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Rudd, Frank Grillo, Tom Holland, with William Hurt and Daniel Brühl. The film is directed by Anthony & Joe Russo and produced by Kevin Feige. Louis D’Esposito, Alan Fine, Victoria Alonso, Patricia Whitcher, Nate Moore and Stan Lee serve as executive producers and the screenplay is by Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely.
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.