With the release of the “Captain America: Civil War” trailer this week, all fans can think about is what to expect from the next installment in the connected Marvel Cinematic Universe film. With Spider-Man being on the tip of most people’s tongues, one of the biggest stars of the MCU is dropping some details about when the wall-crawler will arrive.
Entertainment Weekly has the best evidence yet that Spider-Man will appear in the coming film, thanks to a set visit where one of its reporters claims to have seen a stunt person dressed in the character's costume. In addition, the star of the 2008 “Iron Man,” Robert Downey Jr., seems to have revealed at long last that Peter Parker (Tom Holland) will come into the story in “Captain America: Civil War” as many fans expected.
“[Don] Cheadle and I are just going, ‘Wow, dude, look at this.’ We’re now like the old guard, and our storyline carries real weight just because of our history in the [canon]. But we’re also looking around like, ‘Who thought that Falcon and Black Panther and Ant-Man and now Spider-Man…?’” he told the outlet. “I mean it’s like wow, this thing is just crazy,”
While it certainly sounds like the 50-year-old actor finally confirmed what most people already knew, it’s important to keep in mind that Marvel Studios has a history of being particularly tricky when it comes to big news like Spider-Man. In addition, Downey could very well be fibbing just to mess with fans' expectations. However, given the timing of Marvel’s deal with Sony as well as how important the character was to the comic book version of the famous “Civil War” storyline, many assumed that the first appearance of Holland’s Peter Parker would be in the May 6 film.
Meanwhile, Holland himself teased reporters with his Spider-Man and what they can expect to be different about the hero after the world-changing events of the battle between Captain America (Chris Evans) and Iron Man (Downey Jr.).
“I think one of the most interesting things about Peter Parker for us is that he’s the only person in the MCU now that has a secret identity,” he told Superhero Hype. “So we all know who everyone else is. I think it’s quite interesting to go back to that hiding behind a mask.”
As those who paid attention to the “Civil War” plot synopsis will know, the main point of contention between the two quarrelling heroes has to do with “The Sokovia Accords,” which seek to ensure that all superheroes have to register with the government and allow themselves to be subject to its oversight while fighting crime. While heroes like Captain America, Iron Man, Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) and War Machine (Cheadle) have identities that are known to the public, the debate over whether or not people like Spider-Man should unmask themselves ends up being a major plot point in the comics. With so few characters being kept a secret anymore, the web-slinger’s arrival in “Civil War” might end up being a necessity in order to get the story to work.
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