Imagine you’re a young actor who just got cast as an iconic superhero character in a huge, massive franchise. You good? Now imagine that—before your own movie has even been written—you get to shoot a scene for another, already star-studded outing. Is your head properly wrapped around that idea? Now, what if your character has been in the movie a ton already but you don’t have to shoot any of it. Probably less cool. Or more cool, depending on your view of things.
Either way, that’s what new Peter Parker actor Tom Holland has on his plate. While we learned recently that he shot his cameo for Captain America: Civil War, Peter Parker’s alter-ego Spider-Man has been on set for awhile, and will allegedly be a major part in the movie.
Peter Parker’s cameo was a pretty short affair, but allegedly/as is the going rumor, Spidey’s web-slinging skills are reportedly all over Civil War, and in one major fight scene specifically. He’ll show up and get into a scrape and that scrape won’t be a super-suave set of kicks and flips; it’s going to be “profoundly dorky.” Finally, a Spider-Man who is both a) young enough to actually be Spider-Man from his comics origins, and b) a regular person whose powers are certainly an enhancement but not a ticket for near-invincibility, something both previous screen versions—especially the way-too-cool Andrew Garfield version—have lacked.
The deal between Marvel and Sony for the rights to Spider-Man as an entity seems to have been one that got the Civil War writers really excited. You’ve got Spider-Man—a guy who wears a mask—so all you really need is a stunt man and some CGI and you’ve got the character for your main action scenes. That’s the world we’re living in now. And while that might be slightly disappointing for Tom Holland, it’s especially great for us who get to see this new Marvel-endorsed version of Spidey in Spring of next year!
Do you think there’s any validity to these rumors? Would you like to see Spider-Man as a bigger influence in Civil War? Let us hear it in the comments.