Tomorrow night, ABC will air a 75th anniversary Captain America special to honor the character. While nothing has been announced, most of us are hoping that we get some new footage for Captain America: Civil War attached at the end.
Even though the movie is stuffed with characters we have come to know and love in the MCU, there are plenty of people that are most awaiting the debuts of Black Panther and Spider-Man. The latter is only possible because of the deal struck by Sony and Marvel almost a year ago, and yet we have yet to see what he looks like.
This is something that personally I am okay with (see my full thoughts here), but I am probably in the minority. While speaking with Collider, Joe and Anthony Russo talked about Spider-Man’s inclusion in the film.
The deal between Marvel and Sony has allowed them to share the rights to the character, meaning he can appear in Marvel movies, and some MCU characters can show up in movies Sony makes. However, part of the reason we have yet to see what his costume will look like is not just to keep it a secret and a surprise for audiences, but because they are still figuring out how they are allowed to use the character outside of the films.
Anthony: It’s a very complicated deal between studios. We were lucky cause we were positioned, we have a producing deal with Sony and we’re working with Marvel. We were well positioned to help reconcile the two studios in terms of what the creative vision of the character would be in the movies. We had a good communication line. Part of the reason I think what was so secretive, our use of the character, the deals were always lagging behind how we were using the character. We were always in danger of like upsetting the deal. When we were casting Tom Holland, screen testing him for the movie, there was a whole very involved process that was kind of under the radar and secretive because of the fact it was still a sensitive business deal.
We’re still kind of in deal zone so the reason we still won’t talk about stuff like that is Marvel and Sony still haven’t worked out what uses they have to the character on a promotional level, on a commercial level, etc.
For all we know, Marvel is just waiting for a preset date or a trailer to show the suit off and steal headlines for days. It is interesting to note that the one year anniversary of the deal falls on a Tuesday when Agent Carter will be airing, so maybe a special trailer is in store on February 9th. However, when they were asked when we may get our first look at the character, they gave a different response.
Joe: I think May 6th is when you’ll see.
So there you have it! It is confirmed that we won’t see Spider-Man until the movie debuts. Only kidding however as I am sure somewhere between the two other full length trailers, 40+ TV spots, and other promotions we will get a look at the character.
Captain America: Civil War is scheduled to hit theaters May 6, 2016.