Kevin Feige has called Spider-Man the greatest superhero. The web-slinger has undoubtedly left his mark on pop culture, from his appearances in comic books and cartoons to his short stint as a live-action TV star to his now-fifteen-year-long run in big-budget movies spread across three distinct franchises (plus a memorable re-introductory appearance in Captain America: Civil War). This summer, Spider-Man is a huge part of the movie landscape with Spider-Man: Homecoming, starring Tom Holland as a youthful Peter Parker and featuring Robert Downey Jr's Tony Stark in the role of mentor.
Spider-Man's arrival in the MCU was a big deal, especially considering all the contract negotiations between Sony and Marvel just to make it happen, and the character will be a huge part of Marvel's plans at least for the near-future. In fact, if you listen to Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige, Spider-Man is more than just a key character in the MCU, he is the main guy when it comes to Marvel.
In an appearance as part of the Disney Channel's A Fan's Guide to Spider-Man: Homecoming, Feige stated that he views Spider-Man is more than just a really awesome comic book character, but the best ever:
"Spider-Man is the biggest Marvel character. He is the jewel in the crown. Such an amazing icon. He's a very different kind of hero because he is, quite simply, the greatest superhero of all-time."
Considering what a huge stable of characters Marvel has, it's a pretty big declaration for Feige to call Spider-Man the greatest of all-time, although his argument about him being a relatable argument is definitely a strong one. Of course, he is also engaging in a little bit of pre-release hype here by talking up Spider-Man.
Though Spider-Man is undoubtedly an important character to Marvel, there are natural concerns about Homecoming, a movie that is trying to ever-so-softly reboot the franchise. As many thought the character was taken in the wrong direction in the two Amazing Spider-Man movies starring Andrew Garfield, and Sony and Disney definitely are hoping that an infusion of fun, youthful energy (with some assistance from other MCU characters) can re-establish the character as a box office draw.
Spider-Man: Homecoming also stars Michael Keaton as the villain Vulture, Zendaya as Peter Parker's love interest Michelle, Marisa Tomei as Aunt May and Tony Revolori as Flash Thompson.. Chris Evans has a cameo as Captain America (who we now know is not Kevin Feige's favorite Marvel character).
Source: Disney Channel
- Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) release date: Jul 07, 2017
- Thor: Ragnarok (2017) release date: Nov 03, 2017
- Captain Marvel (2019) release date: Mar 08, 2019
- Black Panther (2018) release date: Feb 16, 2018
- Avengers: Infinity War / The Avengers 3 (2018) release date: Apr 27, 2018
- The Avengers 4 / Avengers: Endgame (2019) release date: Apr 26, 2019
- Ant-Man & The Wasp (2018) release date: Jul 06, 2018