It seems Collider was lucky enough to land an interview with Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige at Comic-Con 2016 last week, during which they were able to ask the man a lot of questions about the upcoming ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming,‘ the first footage of which was released during Comic Con this year. One of the best questions asked was about the potential for ‘Spider-Man’ sequels, and whether Marvel wanted to keep Peter in High School for his MCU run, or whether he would be aged up. Feige stressed that everything with Spider-Man has been heavily planned, and they have a process in mind:
“The first step was reintroduce a new Spider-Man into the Marvel Cinematic Universe in Civil War and have people leave the theater saying, ‘I love that Spider-Man. I wanna see more of him.’ I think that’s happened. The next step is making a great Spider-Man: Homecoming and a great film that showcases Spider-Man in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and makes everybody fall in love with him all over again…Should we be able to make more after that? Sure. This is sophomore year, is the next one junior year? Is the next one senior year? Is there a summer break between each of those? I don’t know what, but it was sort of how do we do a journey for Peter not dissimilar for what the students of Hogwarts would go through each of their years, which was one of the early ideas we had for the movies.”
Which makes a lot of sense, even if the timing would be difficult. For the most part the MCU runs in “real-time” so keeping Peter in high school would mean making movies very often, or else setting his story in the “past” of whatever the most current MCU movie is (for example: In 2017 ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ comes out and Peter is a sophomore in high school. If they cannot get another movie out till 2019, making him a junior in High School would mean that even though the film came out in 2019, it would take place in 2018). Other news revealed during Comic-Con is the fact that Michael Keaton’s Vulture will be a tech based villain, which was shown during the footage released. When asked about whether or not they considered making the Vulture a kind of metahuman, Kevin Feige answered with the following:
“That had been done in I think every prior Spider-Man film. Part of the fun of joining the cinematic universe, joining a world in which he now knows Tony Stark personally, has received a suit full of many things we haven’t seen yet that Stark Industries has supplied, it made sense to—cause that’s sort of the Marvel Cinematic Universe grounded nature is it is much more technologically based. In a world where Falcon flies around with a beautiful set of wings, it made sense that we had Vulture have technical origins.”
What are your thoughts on Feige’s ‘Spider-Man’ revelations? Do you like the idea of watching Peter Parker progress year-by-year through High School? Will the Vulture just be a Falcon knock-off in the MCU then? Share your opinions in the comments below!