Spider-Man is coming to the Marvel Cinematic Universe – that’s official. After years of the Webbed Wonder being secluded in his own movie universes, he will now take his rightful place – he’s Marvel’s flagship character, after all – alongside a plethora of elite superheroes, such as Iron Man, Captain America, the Hulk and Thor.
Previously, Sony Pictures had distributed two different solo franchises starring the New York-based hero – Sam Rami’s Spider-Man trilogy (2002-2007), starring Tobey Maguire, and two Amazing Spider-Man movies (2012-2014), starring Andrew Garfield. But Marvel Studios will now take responsibility for the character and, hopefully, give him the kind of epic action he truly deserves.
His appearance in the franchise has been confirmed for just shy of a year, but with his debut now quite imminent it seems like a good time to take a look at what we know about this new cinematic version of the character. Here are 10 things you need to know about the MCU’s Spider-Man:
10. He’ll Be Played By Tom Holland
Cast as the superhero in June of 2015, Tom Holland is a young-looking 19-year-old and will, therefore, be a younger version of the character than we’ve ever seen on film before (15, apparently).
Holland has acted on both stage and screen, having played the title role in Billy Elliot the Musical at the Victoria Palace Theatre in London, as well as having appeared in movies like The Impossible, How I Live Now and The Pilgrimage. He’s a real talent who will be a fantastic addition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
9. His First Appearance Is In Captain America: Civil War
Tom Holland’s first appearance as Peter Parker AKA Spider-Man in the Marvel Cinematic Universe will be in 2016’s epic Captain America: Civil War. The full extent of his role has yet to be confirmed to the public, but he is expected to appear as both his civilian persona and his heroic alter-ego.
It is anticipated that he will appear at his house in New York as Peter Parker, as well as be seen fighting as Spider-Man in Germany – supposedly in a very unique, dorky, raw and amateur looking performance from the young and inexperienced hero – as part of the titular Civil War.
8. He’ll Have A Special Relationship With Tony Stark
It is fully expected that the reason Peter Parker AKA Spider-Man gets involved in the events of Captain America: Civil War – and indeed superhero activities in general – will be thanks to the influence of Tony Stark.
Given how young this version of Spider-Man is, he will have been a small child when Iron Man first hit the scene in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and he will have grown up watching him on television. Therefore, when Stark shows an interest in his intellect and powers, he will be persuaded by him to follow in his footsteps and form a friendship with him – perhaps with Stark acting as a mentor/father figure. Robert Downey, Jr. will also appear in Spidey’s first solo movie in the franchise. Speaking of which…
7. His First Solo Movie Will Be In 2017
Spider-Man’s first solo movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe has been confirmed for release in July of 2017. It will slot into the already confirmed Phase Three of the franchise – and its inclusion resulted in some reshuffling of the schedule.
The Webbed Wonder will already be an established hero in the franchise – having appeared in Captain America: Civil War – by the time his movie comes around, but it is unknown exactly what it will be about. What is know – or at least highly expected – is the fact that Downey, Jr. will appear as Tony Stark in the movie.
6. How He’ll Look
Although this isn’t 100% confirmed, there have at least been a couple of hints about how the Marvel Cinematic Universe version of Spider-Man will look in costume – and it’s pretty different to anything we’ve seen before.
His first costume, at least, will be very amateur-looking – as if it was obviously made by a teenager – and may simply even include a hooded top. The eyes are very “goggle-like” as well. This is according to apparent leaks that have made their way to Twitter – and while it isn’t definitive evidence, the sources seemed quite legitimate. There are still rumours about the character going on to wear the Iron Spider suit too, as designed by Tony Stark.
5. His Aunt May Will Be A Much Younger Depiction
In past Spider-Man movies – as well as the classic version of the character in the comic books – Peter Parker’s Aunt May has been depicted as an elderly woman in her twilight years. Rosemary Harris was into her 75th year when she first portrayed her in 2002, while Sally Field was into her 66th when she first portrayed her in 2012.
The Marvel Cinematic Universe version of the character – who will first appear in Captain America: Civil War in 2016, if rumours are to be believed – is a very young-looking 51-year-old actress. This, of course, reflects the younger Peter Parker we’ll be seeing, but a sexy Aunt May is something that will be hard to get used to!
4. His Uncle Ben Will Already Be Dead
Uncle Ben is a tragic character who always dies in every Spider-Man story. In the movies to date, he has been portrayed by the late Cliff Robertson (the original Sam Raimi trilogy) and Martin Sheen (the Amazing Spider-Man movies). In both cases he was killed by robbers Peter Park had allowed to go free, prompting him to be a better man and hero.
In the Marvel Cinematic Universe, audiences will apparently be spared another tragic Uncle Ben death scene, as it is believed he will already be dead when Spidey first appears. His influence will surely be evident in MCU Spider-Man’s actions, but we’ll never get to meet him.
3. He’ll Go Up Against A Bunch Of New-To-Movie Villains
There have been some great Spider-Man villains depicted on the big screen to date – the Green Goblin, Doctor Octopus, Venom, Sandman, Lizard, Electro and Rhino, for example – but there are undoubtedly a load of unused villains yet to be seen in live action.
Fortunately, as far as the latter fact is concerned, Marvel Studios – initially at least – are going to focus on villains yet to be shown in live action movies. So we could see the likes of Kraven the Hunter, Mysterio, Chameleon and/or Morbius. It’s an interesting and exciting prospect (symbiotic villains like Carnage and Toxin would be exciting, but you’d expect Venom to appear before those guys).
2. He Will Have Been Spider-Man For A Year
Head of Marvel Studios Kevin Feige has confirmed that, by the time Spider-Man first appears in 2016’s Captain America: Civil War, he will already have been fighting crime for a year. Given that he’ll be 15 in that movie, the spider-bite incident will have occurred when he was just 14.
This means there’ll be no Spidey origin movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe – which is a relief, given that we’ve seen it done twice since the turn of the millennium. No spider-bite, no Uncle Ben death, just straight into Spider-Man superhero action – and that will make a nice, refreshing change.
1. Sony Pictures Still Owns Him
Thus far in terms of his cinematic appearances, Spider-Man has appeared in movies owned and distributed by Sony Pictures – it’s what has kept him away from appearances alongside the Avengers and company. However, in February of 2015, a deal was made to bring him over to the Marvel Studios-owned Marvel Cinematic Universe.
But it’s not quite that simple. The deal sees Sony Pictures continuing to own, finance, distribute and have final creative control of the Spider-Man films. Everything will be done in accordance with Kevin Feige and Marvel Studios, but Sony Pictures still have the final say. Complex, huh?!