At long last, Marvel and Sony found their new Peter Parker/Spider-Man, recently casting Tom Holland in the role. What makes the third live-action iteration of the character so exciting is that finally, Your Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man will be able to play in the same sandbox as Iron Man and Captain America, as he is officially part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe in a groundbreaking deal between the two studios.
As expected, Holland will be making his debut in next year's Captain America: Civil War, but Spidey also has a solo film that is planned for release in July 2017. With five features already dedicated to this character, one may be wondering how director Jon Watts is going to separate it from what came before, but according to Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige there is a plan to make the new reboot unique.
Speaking with Birth Movies Death, Feige described the tone they're aiming for with the film and invoked the name John Hughes, director of many beloved teen films throughout the 1980s (The Breakfast Club, Ferris Bueller's Day Off):
“It’s the soap opera in high school, and those supporting characters, that are interesting. Just as we hadn’t seen a heist movie in a long time, or a shrinking movie in a long time, we haven’t seen a John Hughes movie in a long time. Not that we can make a John Hughes movie - only John Hughes could - but we’re inspired by him, and merging that with the superhero genre in a way we haven’t done before excites us.”
Indeed, part of what makes Spider-Man such a memorable character is the Peter Parker persona. Peter's personal struggles and how he tries to balance a normal life with his web-slinging career is a vital piece of what makes him work. More than most superheroes, Spider-Man is relatable on a human emotional level because of the everyman troubles he faces on a daily basis. We all dream of being a billionaire playboy philanthropist, but in reality we're closer to the geeky high school science student.
And since Peter's teenage years are such a big part of what makes him who he is, it's important for the new films to take advantage of that and really dive into a young Peter's psychology. Honestly, it's something that we have barely seen in the previous takes, as Tobey Maguire's Peter graduated high school in Spider-Man's first act, and Andrew Garfield was looking ahead to college in the beginning of The Amazing Spider-Man 2. There's potential here to craft some interesting moments and character dynamics, something that Feige is very much looking forward to, saying that the personal stakes of the Peter character (i.e. Aunt May learning about his secret) are just as important to them as whatever supervillain is out there plotting against the world.
Speaking of that evildoer, every Spider-Man fan is going to have their own opinion on who it should be. Currently, there's been no word on the possibilities; the closest rumor was that Matthew McConaughey could be the next Norman Osborn. Feige shed some light on this topic as well, indicating that they will be taking advantage of the character's deep rogues gallery and look to give a villain their live-action cinematic debut:
“Right now we’re interested in seeing villains we haven’t seen before.”
The key phrase is "right now," as certain villains who have previously been realized (Green Goblin and Venom) are large enough parts of the mythos that they would almost have to be included in future productions. For the time being, however, it's nice to know that the studios are looking to do something different. Spider-Man has a lot of great adversaries that would be a treat to see on-screen (Vulture, Kraven the Hunter, Mysterio, etc.) and open up the doors for some fresh takes on the property. Especially after the Amazing Spider-Man series was criticized for retreading elements of the Raimi trilogy, this would help the MCU Spidey stand out on his own.
Ant-Man opens in theaters July 17, 2015; Captain America: Civil War – May 6, 2016; Doctor Strange– November 4, 2016; Guardians of the Galaxy 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.
Source: Birth Movies Death
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