Kevin Feige loves his phases. His Marvel Cinematic Universe just embarked on Phase 3 with Captain America: Civil War, which (re)introduced Peter Parker aka Spider-Man to the world in the form of Tom Holland. Now, he’s in charge of revitalizing a character who’s had five films and three actors in the last 15 years and his approach? Phases.
In speaking with Collider, he outlined them. Phase 1: successfully reboot the character. I think most everyone who saw Holland in Civil War can agree this was successful.
“The first step was reintroduce a new Spider-Man into the Marvel Cinematic Universe in Civil War and have people leave the theater saying, ‘I love that Spider-Man. I wanna see more of him.’ I think that’s happened.
Phase 2: make the first good Spider-Man film since 2004’s Spider-Man 2. Jury’s out but everything from the production team to John Hughes tone to the casting seems spot-on.
The next step is making a great Spider-Man: Homecoming and a great film that showcases Spider-Man in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and makes everybody fall in love with him all over again.”
Finally, Phase 3: franchise it! Feige said, when it was agreed high school Spider-Man was the best Spider-Man, the tentative plan was to make a trilogy based on the high school years, with Homecoming beginning in sophomore year and two hypothetical sequels chronicling junior and senior years. An inspiration for this idea was J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series, which in seven books told the seven years of Harry’s time at the wizarding school of Hogwarts.
“Should we be able to make more after that? Sure. This is sophomore year, is the next one junior year? Is the next one senior year? Is there a summer break between each of those? I don’t know what, but it was sort of how do we do a journey for Peter not dissimilar for what the students of Hogwarts would go through each of their years, which was one of the early ideas we had for the movies.”
Directed by Jon Watts (Cop Car) and starring Holland and Marisa Tomei, it also features Robert Downey, Jr. as Iron Man with Michael Keaton rumored as the Vulture (along with many, many others), Spider-Man: Homecoming hits theaters July 7. 2017. Filming is currently underway. Here’s the synopsis.
A young Peter Parker/Spider-Man (Tom Holland), who made his sensational debut in Marvel Studios’ “Captain: Civil War,” begins to navigate his newfound identity as the web-slinging superhero in “Spider-Man: Homecoming.”