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CBMB: Spider-Man Comes into Focus as the Release Date Shifts

By Muuka Muyumba

It has almost been a year since Marvel and Sony cut the shocking deal that brought Spider-Man to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. As we close in on May’s premiere of Captain America: Civil War, we have seen most of the heroes coming to the big screen, but we have yet to see a glimpse of the new Peter Parker.

Despite his absence from most promotional materials, there has been plenty of conversation on Spidey’s inclusion in Civil War and beyond. Most recently, some new apparel has debuted showing some possible indications of a new look for the wall-crawler.

But before Marvel got their hands on Spidey’s look, they had to find a director to lead their new franchise for Sony. In a recent interview between Kevin Feige and Collider, Marvel Studios president noted that he was involved in picking director Jon Watts, along with Amy Pascal and Tom Rothman, Jeremy Latcham, and Louis D’Esposito.

Feige went further noting that it was truly the Marvel way when it came to choosing Watts. “We met with a lot of people and came down to a couple of very, very, very good finals candidates. Jon just—we really liked his movie Cop Car, we met with him four, five, or six times, and each time he had more and more interesting things to say. And at Marvel, it always comes down to ultimately, ‘We can make a movie with this person for two years, we could spend almost every day with this person for two years. Let’s go.’ ”

So the job is in Watts’s hands to bring the 3rd version of Spider-Man to theaters, and he spoke about avoiding redundancy in sparking off a new franchise. Watts spoke with Yahoo.com, noting that “[t]here are only so many times you can kill Uncle Ben. I love the idea of making a coming-of-age high-school movie.” Cut to Marvel and Sony coming down to largely unknown Tom Holland as their choice for Peter Parker, the youngest actor to play the role so far.

Watts noted that “[w]e’re really going to see Peter Parker in high school and get deeper into that side of it. He’s just 15 now.” Watts also had the following to say about actor Tom Holland playing the role: “Tom was pretty perfect. He’s very athletic. He can actually do a backflip! If he didn’t already capture the spirit of the character, with that on top the kid is Spider-Man.”

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Marvel’s influence goes beyond story and the look of the classic hero, as we learned from a recent discussion between Collider’s Frosty Weintraub and Civil War directors Joe and Anthony Russo. The Russos revealed that they had long been planning on including Spider-Man, and have gone a long way to establishing their vision for the web-head with his introduction likely to come as a protege of Tony Stark (Robert Downey, Jr.). Joe Russo offered that they had included him in their original script, and had to keep their fingers crossed that a deal could get done. First and foremost, they wanted a teenage actor to portray a teenage Spidey, setting the template for how a solo film version of the hero would present himself.

Holland has also spoken about his inclusion in the MCU recently, reporting to Comingsoon.net that “I think one of the most interesting things about Peter Parker for us is that he’s the only person in the MCU now that has a secret identity, so we all know who everyone else is. I think it’s quite interesting to go back to that hiding behind a mask.”

“We’re shooting in Atlanta for most of it, because they have studios there and I think it’s cheaper to build a New York set than it is to shoot here, because it’s going to be very expensive. We probably will end up here (in New York) for one week or two.”

Despite the looming magnitude of this reboot of the hero, Holland noted in a conversation with Daily Beast that his Spider-Man will tell a much smaller story than ever before.

“It’s not The Dark Knight. One of the special things about what we’re going to try and create is that you’re going to see the biggest independent film ever. It’s not going to be an epic thing; it’s going to be a film surrounded by these incredible things, but that follows this boy and his life. Peter Parker is a favorite of many because everyone can relate to him, and we’re going to try to make everyone relate to our Peter Parker. And John Hughes is a perfect example of what we’re going to try and do.”

As we close in on the start of production for the new Spider-Man film, the Russos, as well as most Marvel higher-ups, remain coy about details of Spider-Man for a surprising reason beyond the usual Marvel veil of silence.  The Russos revealed that Marvel and Sony haven’t totally finalized the ‘deal’ to bring Spider-Man into the MCU. So, after a year of the announcement last February, Marvel is still worried about the perilous falling through. Does that mean there is an alternate version of Civil War that excludes Spidey? Who knows.

What we do know is that Marvel and Sony are moving the first Spider-Man solo film up to July 7, 2017.