About two months ago, Spider-Man returned home. Although there were some caveats here and there with Sony Pictures, the bottom line is that the friendly neighborhood web-slinger can now appear in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. But many True Believers have wondered since that day which version of Spider-Man will we see in 2017? Will it be Peter Parker? Will it be Miles Morales? How old will he be? There have been rumblings here and there, but now we get a straight answer from the man who would probably know best.
While doing press for ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron,’ Kevin Feige has finally addressed the latest addition to the MCU. First, the Marvel Studios President stated during an interview with Collider that their version of Peter Parker would be in high school again. Though that’s something that we’ve seen on the big screen already, Marvel definitely has a different approach:
“In terms of the age of an actor we’ll eventually to cast, I don’t know. In terms of the age of what we believe Peter Parker is, I’d say 15-16 is right…We want to play with Spider-Man in the high school years because frankly there’ve been five Spider-Man films and the amazing thing about it is, even though there’ve been five Spider-Man films, there are so many things from the comics that haven’t been done yet. Not just characters or villains or supporting characters, but sides to his character. The most obvious being the ‘young, doesn’t quite fit in’ kid before his powers, and then the fella that puts on a mask and swings around and fights bad guys and doesn’t shut up, which is something we want to play with and we’re excited about.
[S]ome of my favorite Spider-Man arcs and Spider-Man stories, he’s in high school for a lot of it. We want to explore that. That also makes him very, very different from any of our other characters in the MCU, which is something else we want to explore: how unique he is when now put against all these other characters.”
Now that we have an idea about the character’s age, another huge concern is the type of story that we’ll be seeing. Though that question isn’t fully answered yet, we do know that we won’t be getting yet another Spidey origin story. Check out what Feige had to say to Crave Online:
“There is a young kid [already] running around New York City in a homemade version of the Spider-Man costume in the MCU. You just don’t know it yet. We’ve already designed the costume, which is different than any of the ones that have come before. And yet ours is classic Spidey, as I think you’ll see.”
Finally, Feige talks about the inclusion of Miles Morales in the MCU in an interview with MTV. While it’s perfectly clear that Peter Parker is Spider-Man for now, that might not always be the case:
“I mean we always felt it should be Peter [Parker] because we’ve never seen the MCU version of Peter Parker. We felt like we needed to see that first. Miles, I think is awesome. I think there are opportunities for him for sure if this all works.”
After reading all of this, the bottom line is that Marvel Studios has a solid vision for the future of Spider-Man. Hopefully Sony doesn’t impede this vision too much, but then again why would they? We’ve seen what happens when they’re left to their own devices.
What do you think about Kevin Feige’s comments about the Marvel Cinematic Universe version of Spider-Man? Are you more exited for the upcoming reboot? Share your thoughts in the comments below.