Spider-Man has struggled on screen for the last 3 installments and the Marvel Cinematic Universe breathed new life into the character. Sony and Marvel struck a deal making it possible for the Web Slinger to meet the Avengers in the big screen for the first time. Casting Tom Holland to play a teenage version of Peter Parker/ Spider-Man in Captain America: Civil War was gutsy and perfect direction to go in. The film went on to be a critical and financial success and one thing that’s for sure: Spider-Man stole the show.
At a recent junket for Spider-Man: Homecoming, producers Kevin Feige and Amy Pascal reminisced of how the deal happened:
“FEIGE: It was one of the handfuls of ‘This will never be possible, but let’s dream about it’ moments at Marvel Studios and now we’re sitting in front of all of you nice people in orange chairs today, having made the movie. It’s unbelievable, it’s incredible.
Pascal: It’s incredible, it started with a lunch between me and Kevin, and I can’t believe we’re here now. It’s pretty exciting.”
The next move was crafting the perfect solo film to push the character forward in the MCU and Marvel went for a lesser known director named Jon Watts and the rest was history. Jon Watts and the team over at Marvel wanted to create a John Hughes esque Spider-Man film where Peter stays in high school and deals with the angst of it all as well as dealing with his super powers and the Stark Internship. You would think that because Spidey was introduced somewhere else that Watts would feel like he’s playing with another directors toys but it isn’t so. Wats had this to say about the challenges of Spider-Man: Homecoming:
“I got kicked off very nicely by what the Russo brothers did in Civil War. They set up this really great premise that Peter Parker is going to get plucked out of obscurity by Tony Stark, given this really high-tech suit and taken on a crazy adventure and then just drop back into his regular life without another thought. So to me, everything you are saying, the challenge for me was just like an opportunity. If Tony Stark built a Spider-Man suit, what could it do that could be so amazing? There’s a little bit of precedence in the comics with the Iron-Spider suit that gets built, so we use that as sort of inspiration for all the bells and whistles that Tony would put into this thing.”
What do you guys think about these comments? Are you excited to see what Watts adds to the Spider-Man filmography? Sound off in the comments below.
“A young Peter Parker/Spider-Man (Tom Holland), who made his sensational debut in Captain America: Civil War, begins to navigate his newfound identity as the web-slinging super hero in Spider-Man: Homecoming. Thrilled by his experience with the Avengers, Peter returns home, where he lives with his Aunt May (Marisa Tomei), under the watchful eye of his new mentor Tony Stark (Robert Downey, Jr.). Peter tries to fall back into his normal daily routine – distracted by thoughts of proving himself to be more than just your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man – but when the Vulture (Michael Keaton) emerges as a new villain, everything that Peter holds most important will be threatened.”
Directed by Jon Watts, Spider-Man: Homecoming stars Tom Holland, Michael Keaton, Zendaya, Donald Glover, Jacob Battalion, Laura Harrier, Tony Revolori, Tyne Daly, Bokeem Woodbine, with Marisa Tomei, and Robert Downey Jr. Spider-Man: Homecoming hits theaters July 7th, 2017.
7 Big Potential Changes For The Marvel Cinematic Universe After ‘Avengers 4’
Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige has officially said he’s holding back on reveals about the Marvel Cinematic Universe until after Avengers 4. With Feige holding information close to the chest, it seems likely big changes are set to hit the MCU soon.
Now that the MCU is more than fifteen films strong, I expect new characters and dramatic team shakeups soon so fans stay invested. There are a lot of things I wish could happen to the MCU, but I’m only talking about things I consider a real possibility here. Yeah, I’d love for the X-Men and the Fantastic Four to join the MCU, but I don’t expect that anytime soon. At the moment, Captain America and Wolverine will never hit the trenches together, but just know that would be number 1 on my list if Fox and Disney had a better relationship.
Hit Next to learn about some of the changes I think are coming to the Marvel Cinematic Universe in the near future!