Marvel Studios’ highly anticipated Phase 3 has begun now that Captain America: Civil War has been released worldwide, and with it came not only a fracture in the relationship of two of the main Avengers team members, but also new characters that the audience will get to know better in the near future. Civil War served as debut for T’Challa a.k.a Black Panther, but the film also marked the return of Spider-Man to Marvel’s neck of the woods.
After a deal was struck between Sony and Marvel Studios, Spider-Man made his debut in the Marvel Cinematic Universe next to Iron Man and his teammates before heading off to make his own movie, Spider-Man: Homecoming, which is scheduled for a July 2017 release. The new Spider-Man, played by Tom Holland, was widely praised by critics and fans alike – but still was not exempt of critics towards his look, as it was mostly a CGI-costume, very different from what we saw in past incarnations of Spidey. Still, Holland’s portrayal of Peter Parker left a good impression in fans and experts, and even in one of Spidey’s creators: Stan Lee.
During his appearance at Denver Comic Con, Spider-Man co-creator Stan Lee revealed he is more than satisfied with this new incarnation of Peter Parker/Spider-Man, even saying that it’s as if the character came to life.
“Oh, he’s wonderful, I was with him the other day. He’s great. I can’t believe it. It’s as if we created a living being to be Spider-Man and it turned out to be Tom. Really!”
As many fans are no doubt aware, Holland will put on the Spider-Man suit once more for his solo movie, Spider-Man: Homecoming, where he will re-team with his mentor Tony Stark/Iron Man, in a high-school context, one that will see Peter Parker dealing with both his superhero identity and his life as a teenager.
Opinions on the past incarnations of Peter Parker are divided: some find Tobey Maguire’s portrayal in Sam Raimi’s trilogy to be the best, while others feel Andrew Garfield’s version in The Amazing Spider-Man saved Spidey’s honor. Holland is the first to be closer to the character’s age, which in a way gives him some advantage over his colleagues. If his small but significant role in Civil War is any indicator of the style his version of Peter Parker will follow, it’s fair to say he is on his way to becoming the best (and most accurate) version of Peter/Spider-Man put on the big screen.
Captain America: Civil War is in theaters now. Doctor Strange opens November 4, 2016; Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 – May 5, 2017; Spider-Man: Homecoming – July 7, 2017; Thor: Ragnarok – November 3, 2017; Black Panther – February 16, 2018; Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 – May 4, 2018; Ant-Man and the Wasp – July 6, 2018; Captain Marvel – March 8, 2019; Avengers: Infinity War Part 2 – May 3, 2019; and as-yet untitled Marvel movies on July 12, 2019, and on May 1, July 10, and November 6 in 2020.