It is hard to believe that almost a year ago that Sony and Marvel agreed upon a groundbreaking deal that will allow Spider-Man to join the MCU. Now that we have Tom Holland playing Peter Parker, he will be making his first appearance in Captain America: Civil War later this year.
The responsibility of nailing his first appearance not only falls on Marvel, Sony, and Kevin Feige, but also on directors Joe Russo and Anthony Russo. They recently spoke to Comicbook.com about how their approach to the character is different then we have seen in the past.
Joe: We took a very personal approach to the character. He was my favorite character growing up, so the opportunity to bring Spider-Man to the screen is a dream come true. It’s something that I spent a lot of time thinking about as a kid. We had thought back to the things that excited us about him as a character when we were younger, and one of the most important components of that was that he’s a high schooler burdened with incredible powers and responsibility. That really differentiates him from every other character in the Marvel universe as opposed to other superheroes. For us, it was extremely important that we cast somebody very close to the age of a high school student. The previous films had adults playing a high schooler. We wanted more of an authenticity to the casting. We were very specific about that. We wanted an energy and charisma from the character, an energy, but also an insecurity that would make him fun to watch in contrast to the confident superheroes.
We try to take a very logical and realistic and naturalistic approach to the character. Again, in combination those are all of the things that we try to do, and of course, to bring our own touches, too.
The Russo brothers have established a very specific tone with how they are making the Captain America franchise and hopefully later down the line with Infinity War. This darker and realistic tone helped them figure out how to portray Spider-Man in Civil War.
Anthony: We’re bringing Spider-Man into the movie in that universe, now, in that specific tonal stylistic world. I think underscoring everything Joe was saying about your question in terms of how were we thinking about the character in relation to past interpretations of the character, part of our choices were all so colored by the specifics of the world what we were playing in with these two Captain America movies, meaning Winter Soldier and Civil War. It’s a very specific tonal world. It’s a little more grounded and a little more hard-core contemporary. That was also coloring our choices a lot about the character on Spider-Man.
Joe: We’re trying to honor the feeling of naturalism and to honor the feeling of reality. The harder we can pull these characters into reality, the better for us, especially because we’re all so connected now through social media, the Internet. We’re all so dialed in to what’s happening in current events. That it’s important for us that these characters live in the world that we live in because it makes them more real and it makes our experience of watching them more passionate and more well-rounded.
One of the biggest questions surrounding the character is when we will get our first look at Peter Parker and the MCU version of the Spider-Man suit, plus the various incarnations that could appear in the movie. I have previously stated why I think he should be hidden from the trailers, similar to Luke Skywalker in The Force Awakens, but the Russo brothers do not want to reveal when or if we will see him.
Anthony: No. We really can’t comment on that.
Joe: Part of making these movies is maintaining surprise so that everybody’s excited and that’s one we’re going to make fans surprised.
We will have to wait and see what the suit looks like and it could be a while. Until then, we should be getting more information on his role and the larger picture with the character leading up to his debut appearance.
Captain America: Civil War is scheduled to hit theaters May 6, 2016.