We’ve had the Tobey Maguire “Spider-Man” films which were a blend old fashioned super heroics with humor, then came the Andrew Garfield films which were more a combination of contemporary teen angst and mystery thriller.
In a new interview, Marvel chief Kevin Feige says the new Tom Holland-led “Spider-Man” films will be different again in tone, something much more akin to a 1980s coming of age film in the classic John Hughes mold. He tells Zap2It:
“It’s the soap opera in high school, and those supporting characters, that are interesting. Just as we hadn’t seen a heist movie in a long time, or a shrinking movie in a long time, we haven’t seen a John Hughes movie in a long time. Not that we can make a John Hughes movie – only John Hughes could – but we’re inspired by him, and merging that with the superhero genre in a way we haven’t done before excites us.
What’s fun about a Spider-Man movie for us – stakes don’t need to be end of the world. Oftentimes, in our films, it is, and in our future films Thanos doesn’t work small. But sometimes the stakes can just be ‘Will this little girl grow up to be healthy and well put-together, or are there too many issues for her to overcome?’ That’s HUGE! That overrides a threat to reality itself. And I think Spider-Man straddles that line in a fun way in his comics.
What we wanted was a movie where the stakes could be as high as ‘This bad person is going to do this bad thing, and a lot of people could die’ OR ‘You don’t get home in time and your aunt is going to figure this out, and your whole life is going to change.’ Particularly at that age, in high school, everything feels like life or death. The tests feel like life or death. Coming home from being out with your friends seemed like life or death. The stakes are high at that age.”
Feige goes on to say the plan is to exploit Spider-Man villains we have NOT seen on screen yet: “Right now we’re interested in seeing villains we haven’t seen before”. As for the possibility of a crossover with Spider-Man appearing on one of the Netflix shows, Feige says it depends upon the deal: “My general answer to that is never say never. But our current Sony deal is very specific – we’re producing the standalone film, with a certain amount of back and forth allowed.”
The first of the new “Spider-Man” standalone films hits cinemas July 28th 2017.