Every comic book fan is excited or at least curious to see the fruit of Sony Pictures and Marvel Studios’ collaboration in the upcoming “Captain America: Civil War”, when Spider-Man finally joins the MCU. But to date, we’ve no idea how much of the web-slinger we’ll see in the film, especially since it’s already so jam-packed with characters.
It looks like directors Joe and Anthony Russo have thought his introduction through. When interviewed by ComicBook.com recently, the brothers revealed how the new Spidey/Peter Parker (played by Tom Holland) will differ from previous incarnations as well as other Marvel heroes..
“We took a very personal approach to the character, he was my favorite character growing up, so the opportunity to bring Spider-Man to the screen is a dream come true. It’s something that I spent a lot of time thinking about as a kid. We had thought back to the things that excited us about him as a character when we were younger, and one of the most important components of that was that he’s a high schooler burdened with incredible powers and responsibility. That really differentiates him from every other character in the Marvel universe as opposed to other superheroes. For us, it was extremely important that we cast somebody very close to the age of a high school student. The previous films had adults playing a high schooler. We wanted more of an authenticity to the casting. We were very specific about that. We wanted an energy and charisma from the character, an energy, but also an insecurity that would make him fun to watch in contrast to the confident superheroes.”
Anthony Russo added: “I would also add, again, we’re introducing this character in a Captain America movie, if you look at what we did with Winter Soldier with the Cap character in terms of bringing him into the modern world, trying to ground the movie tonally into something that was a step toward real-world, at least to the degree you can do that in a superhero movie, that’s still the tonal universe that we’re playing in in Civil War. We’re bringing a character, we’re bringing Spider-Man into the movie in that universe, now, in that specific tonal stylistic world. I think underscoring everything Joe was saying about your question in terms of how were we thinking about the character in relation to past interpretations of the character, part of our choices were all so colored by the specifics of the world what we were playing in with these two Captain America movies, meaning Winter Soldier and Civil War. It’s a very specific tonal world. It’s a little more grounded and a little more hard-core contemporary. That was also coloring our choices a lot about the character on Spider-Man.”
Interestingly, the Russos said that they actually love Sam Ramie’s version of Spider-Man in terms of the costume, but ultimately they need to be consistent with the MCU’s more grounded and realistic approach. So the comic book look & feel will be dialled back as they “honor the feeling of naturalism and to honor the feeling of reality. [It’s also very important] that these characters live in the world that we live in because it makes them more real and it makes our experience of watching them more passionate and more well-rounded.”
“Captain America: Civil War” stars Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr, Anthony Mackie, Don Cheadle, Jeremy Renner, Scarlett Johansson, Paul Bettany, Paul Rudd, and Chadwick Boseman. It premieres 6th May.