Production wrapped on Marvel's Captain America: Civil War earlier this week after the cast and crew shot scenes on location in Germany for a key sequence that new hero addition Spider-Man seems to be involved in.
What was initially touted as a mere cameo appearance of the new and much younger Peter Parker (Tom Holland) is clearly much more than that. There were already reports of Spider-Man getting more than one costume for his Civil War debut - his own and one potentially made by Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) - but recent rumors have the Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man fighting Captain America (Chris Evans) just as he did in the Civil War story in Marvel Comics.
Of course, introducing Marvel's most important character into the Marvel Cinematic Universe for the first time is about much more than seeing Spidey swing through the streets and fighting other recognizable characters; Peter Parker's life must be teased as well before the character's own solo movie in 2017.
Last week we learned that furniture from Parker's home was needed for at least one scene in Captain America: Civil War, and yesterday HH reported a rumor that builds off speculation that Aunt May may appear as well. We already knew Oscar winner Marisa Tomei was offered the part in early July and it's a good bet that if moviegoers get to see Peter Parker as a teenage hero rocking a homemade costume in New York, that his home and family should appear as well.
The idea of seeing not just Spider-Man appear, but Peter Parker's home life is essential to Marvel Studios working with Sony Pictures to reboot the iconic character. Spider-Man was always one of the most relatable and believable heroes in comics, who also brings a sense youthfulness to his stories and banter with other characters. In order to successfully adapt that again (after two Spider-Man movie franchises in rapid succession), fans need to see the character grounded before seeing him only in costume alongside The Avengers.
Captain America: Civil War is not only the launch platform to Phase 3 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but it's also helping bring in the entire Spider-Man universe that's owned by Sony. Going forward this is just the beginning of the many stories Sony and Marvel can work together on, from including other Marvel-owned heroes (i.e. certain Avengers) in future Spider-Man movies and spinoffs (Venom, Sinister Six) and from seeing Spider-Man's library of supporting characters and villains appear in Marvel Studios productions as well. Yes, we're talking about seeing Norman Osborn - the original Green Goblin - taking over S.H.I.E.L.D. like he did in the comics before sporting his own Iron Man armor (the Iron Patriot suit, as seen in Iron Man 3) and leading his own villainous team of Avengers. Things like that are now possible.
Hopefully seeing Aunt May and Peter Parker in the third Captain America movie is just the beginning of something much more grand.
Captain America: Civil War opens in theaters May 6, 2016; Doctor Strange – November 4, 2016; Guardians of the Galaxy 2 – May 5, 2017; Spider-Man – 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.
Spider-Man art by Patrick Brown