It has been about three months since it was announced that Tom Holland would be appearing as the brand new Spider-Man in the Marvel Cinematic Universe under the direction of ‘Cop Car’ filmmaker Tom Watts. And while we do know that the web-slinger will appear in next year’s ‘Captain America: Civil War’ prior to starring in his own feature in 2017, we still don’t know too much about what the relatively new director has in store for the third iteration of Marvel Comics’ iconic wall-crawler. But now, Watts has opened up about what we can expect from the character’s arrival in the MCU.
Previously, screenwriters John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein revealed that their script for Sony and Marvel’s currently untitled Spider-Man film wouldn’t be an origin story. Though True Believers welcomed that news with open arms since they had seen that story twice on the big screen already, very little was known about the plot beyond that. Luckily while promoting the UK release of his debut film featuring Kevin Bacon as a cop whose car gets stolen by a pair of mischievous kids, Watts expanded on this a bit and shared how old Peter Parker would actually be when we meet him:
“There are only so many times you can kill Uncle Ben. I love the idea of making a coming-of-age high-school movie. We’re really going to see Peter Parker in high school and get deeper into that side of it. He’s just 15 now.”
Even though we knew that we wouldn’t be starting with the iconic Ben Parker death this time around, I can’t help but let out an amen for that. I’m glad that we’re finally moving on to other areas of Spidey’s expansive mythology. And as for the character’s age, there is so much that Watts and company can explore with a hero in his middle teens. Even though the source material puts Peter at around 15 when he actually gets his powers, it will be interesting to see the new changes that are made to the MCU version of young Parker.
What do you think about Spider-Man’s age in the Marvel Cinematic Universe? Are there any particular moments from high school that you hope to see Peter Parker awkwardly struggle through on top of dealing with his powers? Let us know in the comment section.