Kevin Feige, the king of Marvel and the man responsible for pulling off the impossible in agreeing a Spider-Man deal between Sony and Marvel Studio’s have spent a lot of time talking about the character in the past week.
While discussing the character’s introduction into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Feige has this week confirmed a few of the question marks surrounding the unprecedented movie deal with Sony.
Firstly we now know for certain that it will be Peter Parker that we see as Spider-Man in this new version despite many speculating that Marvel Studios may want to go in a different direction and introduce one of the other versions found in the comic books such as Miles Morales from the ultimate universe.
Feige also took some time to discuss the characters age and origin for the MCU, saying that Spidey will not be getting another origin story. Feige confirmed that the actor he is looking to cast in the film will be around 15 years of age, with the story set to keep him firmly rooted in high school.
“We want to play with Spider-Man in the high school years,” says Feige to Collider, “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.”
“Some of my favorite Spider-Man arcs and Spider-Man stories, he’s in high school for a lot of it,” continues Feige. “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.”
With regards to the lack of origin story this time out, Feige has said that Marvel’s position is that with two origin stories since the turn of the century they are assuming that fans are familiar with the way in which Peter Parker becomes Spider-Man and so to retell this same story wouldn’t be required.
“In Spider-Man’s very specific case, where there have been two retellings of that… for us we are going to take it for granted that people know that, and the specifics,” he explains.
“There is a young kid [already] running around New York City in a homemade version of the Spider-Man costume in the MCU,” he says. “You just don’t know it yet.”
The new Spider-Man is expected to make his debut into the MCU as part of the upcoming Marvel epic Captain America: Civil Warin 2016, based on the popular comic miniseries in which Spider-Man has a prominent role to play.