Civil War: Spider-Man & Film Tone Talk

Marvel’s “Captain America: Civil War” is so top secret that even the guy who plays Spider-Man in the film is confused about what exactly his part in proceedings is – a deliberate choice on his part.

Speaking on SiriusXM’s EW Radio show, Tom Holland was asked about his role as Peter Parker/Spider-Man in that Marvel film which marks his first appearance as the superhero. Holland says he opted not to read the script beyond his few scenes in the production:

“I don’t even know what Civil War is about. I was only working on it for a week or two weeks or something. So they offered for me to read the script, and I said ‘No, I don’t want to read it, because I’ll be doing all these interviews and I’ll end up telling secrets and stuff. I’ve got such a big mouth.’ So I actually don’t know what it’s about. I’m going to watch this film as an audience member, rather than someone who is in it. I’ll be like, ‘I wonder what my bits are about?'”

In the same interview, Holland also spoke about his audition process and his chemistry read with Robert Downey Jr.:

“It was so intimidating. But the thing was, I walked into the room on this soundstage, and they had this little set, and Robert took me aside and said, ‘Listen, I remember my screen test for Iron Man. I remember how terrified I was. Just think of it as an audition. It’s nothing too scary. If you get it wrong, we’ll just start again. No pressure.’ But that kind of raised the pressure a little bit for me. But he was great and super supportive, and because he said he’d been there and had been in the same situation, it made me relax a little bit.”

Asked by Variety how his portrayal will compare to his predecessors, he says:

“The only difference I’m going to tell you is that I’m way younger, and at the moment, there’s going to be both things from Tobey [Maguire] and Andrew’s [Garfield] character that I’m going to steal. But there’s one very specific path that [Spider-Man director] Jon [Watts] and I agree on and we would like to take the character down and explore his background.”

Holland’s comments come as Heroic Hollywood reports that a rough cut of the film, currently deep in post production, has been or is about to be screened for Sony executives so they can sign off on his portrayal in the film.

Sony and Marvel are set to collaborate heavily soon on the solo “Spider-Man” project with Birth.Movies.Death indicating this week that they’ve heard that film will be “very small, very interested in Peter Parker” and they’ve heard only good things so far about the project including a “GREAT villain choice”.

Meanwhile co-director Anthony Russo appeared at Comic-Con Experience in Brazil the other day where he spoke with OmeleteTV about the tone of ‘Civil War’. Russo says it has a more serious tone than any other Marvel [Studios] film to date:

“That’s kind of natural to the process because you’re really gonna turn these heroes, who have been friends and partners, against one another. And if we’re gonna have them fight for a whole movie to the end, there has to be a serious issue because these are smart people, they’re likeable people; they’re not villains, they’re good guys. And so you have to think very hard about a very complex situation that’s gonna put them in conflict with one another for an entire movie.”

Even so, Ant-Man and Spider-Man will provide some comic relief due to them appearing later in proceedings and not having the same investment in the conflict:

“There are certain characters that come into the story a little later who don’t have the same baggage that the Avengers have in terms of what’s going on in the film. So they don’t have as much darkness to deal with in the film, so they can be a little lighter and more fun.”

Another character who will help out, albeit in a different way, is Chadwick Boseman’s Black Panther who plays more of a central role:

“He’s very central to the story. He comes into the story pretty early, but what’s great about Black Panther in this film is all the other characters break down into two sides – Captain America’s side and Iron Man’s side. Black Panther never quite chooses a side, he’s sort of on his own side for the whole movie.”

Russo was also cornered by SUPER Interessante who asked him if we’ll see the ‘Iron Spider’ red-and-gold Spider-Man suit from the ‘Civil War’ comics in the film along with the classic red-and-blue Spider-Man costume. Russo says: “He’s not ready yet because so much will be produced with special effects… the film will show a mix of what everyone is waiting for with a little twist.”

You can also see a new featurette about the film below. “Captain America: Civil War” opens on May 6th.

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