Kevin Feige let news drop about Spider-Man when speaking to Collider. Get ready fans for round three of Peter Parker and the incredible trials of high school.
Collider reports that Kevin Feige may have dropped a Spider-Man bomb on audiences and fans: Peter Parker's back and in high school. Again.
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Fans know about the deal with Sony and Marvel Studios, the shared custody of the webbed one, but the age of the character has been somewhat hidden. After all, two series have a vastly different age and approach to the character. Fans assumed the age would be high school, but as the Collider reporter noted, age range guesses were up to a decade apart.
Sam Raimi's trilogy with Tobey Maguire centered on the serious and somewhat dour aspects of a radioactive spider bite. No one can ever really forget the emo-styling of Parker in Spider-Man 3 and the Venom-esque dancing sequence that's still used in gif wars.
And Marc Webb's two-part Amazing Spider-Man series with Andrew Garfield saw the introduction of Spidey's first love, Gwen Stacey (Emma Stone), and other elements to handling great responsibility through great power and ability. Of course, Garfield was fired as the news hit about the compromise between studios.
So Feige's comments about the age of Spider Man not being in high school long enough is a little confusing. Is this personal fan reaction to movies that weren't perhaps favorites? Does Spidey need to be younger in high school?
The leader of Marvel Cinematic Universe believes so. "Some of my favorite Spider-Man arcs and Spider-Man stories, he’s in high school for a lot of it. We want to explore that." While it's admirable that he wants to see a younger, fresher take on superhero behavior, will it fit in with Captain America: Civil War?
Is a 15- or 16-year-old going to understand the undercurrents of the darker elements to the MCU? That's unanswered question, really, since Captain America hasn't started filming in Atlanta quite yet. And a stand-alone Spider-Man movie is expected in 2017, but will the character be the same age or will he have matured in those two years between filming?
Feige also mentioned the aspects that Marvel Studios wants to play with, too. In a somewhat censoring tone, the president of Marvel Studios claimed that Spider-Man has a lot of sides that Sony seemed to ignore in their five film run.
"The most obvious being the ‘young, doesn’t quite fit in’ kid before his powers, and then the fella that puts on a mask and swings around and fights bad guys and doesn’t shut up, which is something we want to play with and we’re excited about."
Assuming he’s ignoring the whole fight scene in Maguire’s first movie about not fitting until a spider bite turns Parker into a fighting genius and a lot of celebratory yelling while swinging through New York, what does Feige want exactly?
He claims that the high school age range “makes him very, very different from any of our other characters" like Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) and Steve Rogers (Chris Evans).
Feige confirmed the new Spider-Man will be Peter Parker. But why not use Miles Morales instead? Here’s a younger, fresher take on a teenage superhero that has an audience, too. And Miles is part of the newest Avengers team, so the ties aren’t limited to Parker in that area, either.
Or will Miles eventually become Spidey later in the movie universe when the other characters transition out as phase three ends, a nod to changing times?
Or will Marvel Studios let their profitable series end once the lease is up? The payout with Marvel and Sony means that Spider-Man is vital to the forward motion of the studio right now.
So who is this 15- or 16-year-old Spider Man going to be exactly? Audiences get yet another Peter Parker reboot--though a much more talkative take this time. Is the third time a charm, or curse?
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