Disney and Marvel’s press junket for “Avengers: Age of Ultron” is underway in California all this weekend with interviews popping up left and right. One of the earliest comes from Collider who spoke with Marvel’s Kevin Feige about various topics.
The key one though deals with the Marvel/Sony deal which will see Spider-Man brought into the Marvel Cinematic Universe fold. Beige confirms once and for all that the MCU version WILL be Peter Parker, and he will be much younger than previous incarnations with the character to be someone in the mid-teens.
Talking about why they’re going in that direction, he says it not only differs him from the other Avengers but allows them to explore comic storylines the previous five films never even touched:
“In terms of the age of an actor we’ll eventually to cast, I don’t know. In terms of the age of what we believe Peter Parker is, I’d say 15-16 is right.
We want to play with Spider-Man in the high school years because frankly there’ve been five Spider-Man films and the amazing thing about it is, even though there’ve been five Spider-Man films, there are so many things from the comics that haven’t been done yet.
Not just characters or villains or supporting characters, but sides to his character. 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.
I think it was midway through the first film that he graduated high school. At the beginning of the second Marc Webb film, he graduated high school. And 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.
That also makes him very, very different from any of our other characters in the MCU, which is something else we want to explore: how unique he is when now put against all these other characters.”
Filming on “Captain America: Civil War” is slated to get underway shortly with whomever is cast as Spider-Man believed to be making his first appearance there. The standalone “Spider-Man” movie will hit cinemas on July 28th 2017.