In case you somehow missed the mega news this past February, Sony and Marvel have agreed to share Spider-Man's film rights, thus resulting in the wall-crawler's addition to the sprawling Marvel Cinematic Universe. While speaking with reporters at a press event for the Blu-ray release of "Avengers: Age of Ultron," Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige spoke to Peter Parker's larger importance to the Marvel movie-verse.
"Making that agreement ... was great, and was really amazing, and on a personal level making these movies, it means a lot because I think we can do great things with Spider-Man," Feige said, as reported by IGN. "I think Spider-Man can serve great purpose in our universe and that's where he belongs. That was what was unique about him in the comics was not that he was the only superhero in the world; it's that he was a totally different kind of superhero when compared against all the other ones in the Marvel universe at the time."
Feige also revealed that he and the creative minds behind the MCU had a "backup plan" in place for Spider-Man, should the superhero ever get added into the shared universe. "This has been a dream of ours for a long time," said Feige. "We always had contingency plans, which we always do anyway. Are we going to be able to make another deal with this actor? If so, we're going to do this; if not, we're going to do this. If we get the rights to a certain character, that's great; we're going to do this. If not, we're going to do this. We always sort of operate under those various alternate timelines available and ready to shift if something happens."
Spider-Man, played by Tom Holland, will make his Marvel debut in "Captain America: Civil War," something that Feige seems to no longer shy away from discussing after keeping quiet about it for a while. He touched upon the film's massive cast.
"There were a lot of characters in 'The Winter Soldier,' but it felt like a very singular and relatively simple thriller 'Civil War' follows in that same way," said Feige. "I think that's something [directors Joe and Anthony Russo] pride themselves on, and our screenwriters Chris Markus and Steve McFeely are excellent at giving each character just enough. They're not full arcs for everybody; it's just enough that their presence is felt and important, but that the very clear single story that is being told is being served at all times."
"Captain America: Civil War" opens on May 6, 2016.