This spring, the Marvel Cinematic Universe as we know it will change when Captain America: Civil War hits theaters on May 6. Not only will the heroes we’ve grown to love over the last eight years take sides against one another, but fans will finally be introduced to the MCU version of Spider-Man, played by Tom Holland.
Being the third incarnation of the wall-crawler since 2002, Holland has a big job ahead of him making sure that his version doesn’t feel like a rehash of what we’ve already seen. In a recent interview, Civil War co-director Joe Russo sheds some light as to how Holland’s version will be unique.
Russo told ComicBook.com, “We took a very personal approach to the character. We had thought back to the things that excited us about him as a character when we were younger, and one of the most important components of that was that he’s a high schooler burdened with incredible powers and responsibility. That really differentiates him from every other character in the Marvel universe as opposed to other superheroes.”
In the previous movie versions of Spider-Man, being in high school seemed more like a backdrop rather than another thing he had to deal with. The Lee-Ditko years of Spidey made the school/hero juggling act one of the most compelling aspects of the character. I’m looking forward to seeing the Russos’ take on that.
Russo went on to say, “We’re introducing this character in a Captain America movie. If you look at what we did with Winter Soldier with the Cap character in terms of bringing him into the modern world, trying to ground the movie tonally into something that was a step toward real-world, at least to the degree you can do that in a superhero movie, that’s still the tonal universe that we’re playing in Civil War.”
I think Winter Soldier created the perfect balance between “real-world” issues while still incorporating the fantastic. Spider-Man’s constant “Parker Luck” issues seem to be a perfect fit with the tone the Russos are trying to achieve with the Captain America films.
You can check out the entire interview here. From the sound of it, we may be getting the closest “page-to-screen” interpretation of the wall-crawler to date.
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HT: Entertainment Weekly via ComicBook.com