“Captain America: Civil War” is finally here, and that means Tom Holland’s Spider-Man has officially joined the Marvel Cinematic Universe. During an interview with Deadline, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige discussed the purpose of Spider-Man’s presence in “Civil War,” why “Spider-Man: Homecoming” isn’t a reboot and more.
“His presence in ‘Civil War’ was meant to be the counterpoint,” he explained. “The other heroes have a lot of history together. They have a lot of angst, they have a lot of geopolitical issues that they’re dealing with, and it’s heavy. This kid basically feels like he hit the jackpot. The most famous man in the world, Tony Stark, asks him to go to Germany and participate with the Avengers and he loves every minute of it. That’s fun. That’s who Spider-Man is, and we can and will do much more of this in ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming.’ You saw it in the comics; he constantly talks. In ‘Civil War,’ he goes up against Falcon and at one point Falcon says, ‘I don”t know if you’ve been in a fight before, but there’s usually not this much talking.’ That’s Spider-Man to us. That’s what we love. Tom Holland, God bless him, is that in real life. This amazing young English actor who was brought over here, got into our audition process and suddenly found himself in a room, doing a scene with Robert Downey. I swear it, the exact dynamic that we wanted between Peter Parker and Tony Stark, we had between Tom Holland and Robert Downey Jr.”
Of course, finding Holland wasn’t a walk in the park, at least according to Feige. “The biggest challenge of course was finding a Spider-Man,” he shared. “Our angle on the character was to make him younger because in our favorite comics, he is young. He is not graduating, he is just starting high school. He is young. That’s what makes him interesting as a superhero, particularly in the MCU. It’s what makes him so different than all the other heroes. So we really wanted him to be an amazing counterpoint to the other Avengers, which of course is what he was and why he pops so much when he was introduced in the comics in the early-’60s.”
As to the deal that enabled Marvel creative control over the Sony property, he recalled, “That deal was agreed to, over many discussions. Thankfully, it’s now been well over a year and step one in our two-step plan is unveiled this weekend. So far, the response has been a dream come true in introducing him. Instead of it being the third reboot of the Spider-Man character, it becomes the first version of the Spider-Man character that we reveal has been inside the MCU. To Amy [Pascal]’s credit and to Tom Rothman, who now has been at the helm at Sony, as we’ve been actively putting it all together, their support has been spectacular in allowing us to bring him into this world.”
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