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Spider-Man Will Battle New Onscreen Villain According to Kevin Feige

With Tom Holland officially wearing the webs in Sony and Marvel's "Spider-Man," the question now turns to who Spidey will face in the July 28, 2017 feature? Past iterations of the character have faced Dr. Octopus, Sandman, Venom, the Lizard, Electro, the Rhino, and three different versions of Green Goblin. As Kevin Feige recently told Birth Movies Death (via Comic Book Movie), you shouldn't expect a repeat for Spider-Man's next throwdown.

When BMD's Devin Faraci asked about the character's rouges gallery, Feige noted they'd be tapping an unused baddie for this latest outing. "That's the advantage," he said of the "deep bench" of villains. "Right now we're interested in seeing villains we haven't seen before."

Elsewhere in the discussion, Feige again noted the oft-mentioned John Hughes reference point for the film. "It's the soap opera in high school, and those supporting characters, that are interesting," Feige told Faraci. "Just as we hadn't seen a heist movie in a long time, or a shrinking movie in a long time, we haven't seen a John Hughes movie in a long time. Not that we can make a John Hughes movie - only John Hughes could - but we're inspired by him, and merging that with the superhero genre in a way we haven't done before excites us."

Part of that comes down to the stakes of the film. Feige said that despite the fact that many Marvel movies deal with world-ending threats, things are different for a high schooler. "What we wanted was a movie where the stakes could be as high as 'This bad person is going to do this bad thing, and a lot of people could die' OR 'You don't get home in time and your aunt is going to figure this out, and your whole life is going to change.' Particularly at that age, in high school, everything feels like life or death. The tests feel like life or death. Coming home from being out with your friends seemed like life or death."

Finally, to cap off the interview, Faraci asked Feige if we'd ever see Spider-Man on a Netflix show. While a chance exists, current deals don't allow for it. "My general answer to that is never say never," Feige said. "But our current Sony deal is very specific - we're producing the standalone film, with a certain amount of back and forth allowed." Still, with Spider-Man being a close bridge between street-level hero and Avenger, there's always a possibility.

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