Marvel and Sony are planning to take the next live-action iteration of Spider-Man in a different direction from either of the previous film series. Besides being part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe - which will undoubtedly have a large influence on the tone of the reboot - this new take on Spider-Man will be slightly younger than his predecessors, still in high school by the time we meet him in Captain America: Civil War.
It took Marvel and Sony months upon months to cast the new web-slinger, eventually deciding on Tom Holland, the young star of the upcoming In the Heart of the Sea. Holland is the youngest actor to play a live-action Spider-Man, having only recently turned 19. In addition to the younger Spider-Man for this reboot, its Aunt May will also be significantly younger, this time being played by Oscar-winner Marisa Tomei.
Although the next Spider-Man movie does not come out till 2017, it's clear to see that Marvel has placed a lot of importance on finding the right cast and crew ahead of time. While talking with IGN during the ongoing 2015 Comic-Con in San Diego, Marvel CCO Joe Quesada briefly spoke on the significance of Spider-Man to his company:
… It’s Spider-Man. What’s not exciting about that? I can’t imagine there’s a person on planet Earth that can’t relate to some aspect of Spider-Man or Peter Parker, and he is for all intents and purposes, he is Marvel’s Mickey Mouse. He is that icon of so much of what we have was built upon, so to create that movie along with our Sony partners it’s phenomenally exciting.
Based off of Quesada's comments and everything we have already learned about Holland's Peter Parker, it seems they're going with the most iconic version of Spider-Man for the reboot. That means he'll likely be in high school for some time to come, and be joined by some of his typical companions like Flash Thompson and Mary Jane Watson.
That doesn't mean Marvel Studios' Spider-Man film won't differ from its predecessors, though. Marvel president of production Kevin Feige has said the 2017 Spidey movie will have a new villain, rather than the typical Green Goblin or Doc Ock. That means Marvel is making an effort to keep things fresh for the franchise, while hanging onto key components of the character.
A new on-screen Spider-Man usually means another new suit for the character, and such is the case for Tom Holland's Spider-Man. Feige previously described the new costume as "homemade," and now Joe Quesada has offered his thoughts on what he's seen of Spidey's new outfit:
It looks awesome. I’ve seen a lot of design work that’s been done on the costume. I think there are elements of it that are really going to blow people away, where they are going to go ‘Ah, that’s Marvel doing Spider-Man.'
Quesada indicates that this Spider-Man will be instantly recognizable, while also fitting in with the rest of the MCU. As for when the public will get to see this new suit, it may not be long, what with Civil War currently filming in Atlanta. But if Marvel has managed to keep it confidential this long, they may continue to do so until they feel it's the right time for fans to finally see it.
Ant-Man opens in theaters July 17, 2015; Captain America: Civil War – May 6, 2016; Doctor Strange– November 4, 2016; Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 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.
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