Sure, Marvel is dealing with one of the biggest characters in comic-book history, but the new Spider-Man movie still has to compete with the fact that we’ve already had five movies (and a reboot) all in the past 13 years. So what makes the new Spider-Man different?
Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige was out to explain just that in a new round of interviews, and actually made some good points about what will set this one apart. The big thing? They’ll finally be able to replicate one of the most integral angles from the comics — fitting Peter Parker into a larger world of heroes, and giving him other heroes to learn from. He’s always been NYC’s savior, but this world already has the Avengers. So, where does a geeky kid with spider-powers fit in?
Here’s an excerpt from what he told Zap2it:
"The biggest thing ... is that it takes place in this universe. It's the first time that you'll be able to see Spider-Man like he was in the comics, as a very different type of hero when compared to the other heroes in the universe. Up until this point in the other Spidey films, he was the only hero, and now he's not. Now he's a kid in Queens with these powers and has other [superheroes] to look to.
Does he want to be like these other characters? Does he want nothing to do with these other characters? How does that impact his experience, being this grounded but super powerful hero? Those are all the things that Stan Lee and Steve Ditko played with in the first 10 years of his comics, and that now we can play with for the first time in a movie."
As for what we’ll actually see from Marvel’s first proper Spider-Man film? Feige touched on that with Birth.Movies.Death. He says they’re aiming for a John Hughes vibe (which is fascinating in and of itself) to capitalize on the high-school setting, and teases that they’re eyeing villains “we haven’t seen before.” So, thank goodness, we hopefully won’t get a Lizard or Doc Ock rehash right out the gate.
Here’s the full quote:
“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.”
Tom Holland is set to make his debut as Peter Parker in next year’s Captain America: Civil War, with a solo outing scheduled for summer 2016.
Do you like the direction Marvel is taking the franchise?