Last night we heard a little bit from Kevin Feige about the future connections between Marvel’s films and television. While speaking at the same event for the home release of The Avengers: Age Of Ultron, the head of Marvel Studios also had some comments on the addition of a certain wall crawler to the Marvel Cinematic Universe and the “great purpose” that he would serve beyond his appearance in next year’s Captain America: Civil War.
“Making that agreement…was great, and was really amazing, and on a personal level making these movies, it means a lot because I think we can do great things with Spider-Man. I think Spider-man can serve great purpose in our universe and that’s where he belongs. That was what was unique about him in the comics was not that he was the only superhero in the world; it’s that he was a totally different kind of superhero when compared against all the other ones in the Marvel universe at the time.”
Kevin Feige commented that it’s “not about when you show up, it’s about what you do once you’re there” in regards to the where the character has been up until now seemingly confirming that he has been active for a small period of time. He also revealed that Marvel has always had a plan ready in case they got the character but also a contingency plan ready to go if things didn’t work out.
“This has been a dream of ours for a long time,. We always had contingency plans, which we always do anyway. Are we going to be able to make another deal with this actor? If so, we’re going to do this; if not, we’re going to do this. If we get the rights to a certain character, that’s great; we’re going to do this. If not, we’re going to do this. We always sort of operate under those various alternate timelines available and ready to shift if something happens.”
Kevin Feige then went on to state that the “most important thing” for the studio when it comes to the property though is “relaunching Spider-Man in his own standalone movie with his own storylines that fits into this universe. That is job number one for us. The connectivity is great, but it doesn’t drive the train.” In regards to the characters appearance in Captain America: Civil War and just how big of a role the character has in the film, he said the following:
“There were a lot of characters in The Winter Soldier, but it felt like a very singular and relatively simple thriller. Civil War follows in that same way. I think that’s something [directors Joe and Anthony Russo] pride themselves on, and our screenwriters Chris Markus and Steve McFeely are excellent at giving each character just enough. They’re not full arcs for everybody; it’s just enough that their presence is felt and important, but that the very clear single story that is being told is being served at all times.”
We’ll first meet the new Spider-Man when Captain America: Civil War hits theaters on May 6, 2016.