As of right now, we know very little about what to expect from the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s version of Spider-Man. There are a long list of rumours and theories doing the rounds of course, and while it’s expected to be a very different take on the iconic character, details are very much scarce as of right now.
In a recent interview, Captain America: Civil War directors Joe and Anthony Russo shed some light on their interpretation of the character, and the former kicked things off by describing what they love about Spidey and which elements of his personality they’re most excited about bringing to the big screen a few months from now.
“We had thought back to the things that excited us about him as a character when we were younger, and one of the most important components of that was that he’s a high schooler burdened with incredible powers and responsibility. That really differentiates him from every other character in the Marvel universe as opposed to other superheroes. For us, it was extremely important that we cast somebody very close to the age of a high school student. The previous films had adults playing a high schooler. We wanted more of an authenticity to the casting. We were very specific about that. We wanted an energy and charisma from the character, an energy, but also an insecurity that would make him fun to watch in contrast to the confident superheroes.”.
“It was also important to us that the actor that was cast feel contemporary because the other films that portrayed where he lived is more… they honored the comic books in terms of the choices. But you go look at the home that Tobey Maguire lived in in Raimi’s Spider-Man was… those were very expensive homes. We wanted to relate it to the reality. A character growing up with his aunt in New York, a single income family… Where would they live? What would that look like? Where could they afford to live? We asked ourselves all those questions. We try to take a very logical and realistic and naturalistic approach to the character.”
While some may consider moving Peter Parker and his Aunt May out of their Queens home a rather controversial decision, a quick Google search shows that those properties go for upwards of $300,000, so it does make sense that they’ll have downsized following the death of Uncle Ben. It obviously remains to be seen where they’ll be living now, but if we know anything about Marvel, it’s that they find a way to honour the comics even when they make fairly big changes to the source material!
Anthony then went on to talk about their take on Spider-Man and how introducing the wall-crawler in Captain America: Civil War has played a role in the way he’ll be portrayed.
“We’re bringing Spider-Man into the movie in that universe, now, in that specific tonal stylistic world. I think underscoring everything Joe was saying about your question in terms of how were we thinking about the character in relation to past interpretations of the character, part of our choices were all so colored by the specifics of the world what we were playing in with these two Captain America movies, meaning Winter Soldier and Civil War. It’s a very specific tonal world. It’s a little more grounded and a little more hard-core contemporary. That was also coloring our choices a lot about the character on Spider-Man.”
Much more from The Russos can be found by clicking below, but what do you think about their approach to Spider-Man? As always, let us know your thoughts in the comments section!