The Russo Brothers On Introducing A ‘Contemporary’ Spider-Man; Comment On ‘Civil War’ Stakes

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Recently, directors Anthony and Joe Russo made their way to Beijing, China to launch a new film studio. While doing an interview across seas, the directing duo were of course asked about the upcoming Captain America: Civil War. Whi;e disucssing the upcoming Marvel Studios film, the pair were asked about the new incarnation of Spider-Man would be different than the ones we’ve seen on the big screen in the past. Co-director Anthony Russo had the following to say on the matter.

This is a completely new version of Spider-Man that’s introduced in Civil War,” answered Anthony Russo. “It was very important to us that we go younger with the character because what we love about Spider-Man is that he’s still a high school student. That’s a part of his vulnerability and it’s what makes him special in the Marvel Universe; he’s very unique. We wanted to play to that aspect of the character. We also wanted to think about ‘Who is Spider-Man today?’ A lot of times when you get interpretations of Spider-Man, they’re very nostalgic to the origins of the character. Sometimes there’s an old-fashioned patina to the tone of who Spider-Man is. We wanted to think about who is Spider-Man today if he’s living in Queens, what’s the texture of his life like, what’s the texture of his relationship with his aunt who lives with him. How can we make the relationship and character very contemporary? That’s our goal with the character.

The Russo brothers were then asked about the stakes in the 2016 film as well as the two-part Avengers: Infinity War, to which Joe Russo added that “the stakes of both Civil War and the Avengers: Infinity War movies are gonna be very high, and there will be a price to pay [for?] a lot of characters,” replied Joe Russo. “And that’s the whole point of cumulative storytelling. We’re going to go on emotional journeys with these characters. We’ve got a lot invested in the emotion. We have responsibilities to be mindful of how these people feel about the characters and, at the same time, we also have a responsibility to carry through on the storytelling. As filmmakers, we believe in stakes. You can’t have good storytelling without strong stakes. So, there will be a price to pay in Civil War.” Let us know your thoughts on the duo’s comments in the usual section below.

Source: CBM

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