Ever since it was announced that Marvel Studios had worked out a deal with Sony to include Spider-Man in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, speculation has run rampant about just which Spidey we’d be seeing; after all, the comics has two Spider-Men–Peter Parker, who everyone knows and loves, and the more recently introduced “Ultimate Spider-Man,” Miles Morales, a half Hispanic/half African-American teenager who took over the mantle of Spider-Man after Peter’s death in an alternate universe.
Considering the lack of any lead superhero who isn’t a straight, white male in the movies, the rumor mill was churning overtime recently that the MCU’s Spidey would indeed be Miles Morales, not only as a way to add diversity to the MCU (where right now three of their franchises are headlined by a white dude named Chris) but to differentiate themselves from the previous Sony Spider-Men, Andrew Garfield and Tobey Maguire,
Well, according to the head of Marvel Studios, Kevin Feige, at the recent Avengers: Age of Ultron press junket, he was asked about the upcoming inclusion of Spider-Man in the MCU, and confirmed that not only is Peter Parker their new Spidey, but he’ll be high school age, and high school age for some time, as opposed to to the previous movies, where Peter’s time in high school was pretty limited.
According to Fiege, “In terms of the age of an actor we’ll eventually cast, I don’t know. In terms of the age of what we believe Peter Parker is, I’d say 15-16 is right. We want to play with Spider-Man in the high school years 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.”
So there you have it: Spider-Man is Peter Parker once again, just de-aged. While I am looking forward to seeing Miles Morales on screen one day, I’ve waited a long, long time to see Peter Parker trade quips with the likes of Tony Stark and evade the Hulk’s punches while cracking wise, so I’m glad we’re going to see Peter in Avengers tower before anyone else. Don’t worry Miles….your day will come.
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