The Underoos superhero of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) is about to swing his way into theaters on May 6 along with everyone else in “Captain America: Civil War.” However, after that the character will wall-crawl his way into a standalone movie all his own in 2017, and now the Marvel Studios president is sharing some details about what to expect.
It was previously reported that Marvel and Sony had cut a deal to allow the Peter Parker character to join the cadre of movies that Marvel has been making since 2008. Spider-Man will potentially join forces with characters like Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Captain America (Chris Evans), The Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) and more. In exchange for letting Spidey, played by actor Tom Holland, join the MCU, Sony would co-produce a “Spider-Man” movie in 2017. Now, speaking to Collider, Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige revealed what people can expect from the film — or rather, what they shouldn't expect.
“We spend a lot of time as we work on these movies saying ‘Don’t take it for granted that the audience saw the other movies or that the audience is as versed in the comic books as we are.’ We take great pains to give you everything you need to know within the context of whatever movie you’re actually watching,” he told the outlet. “However, we did say, if it’s safe to assume anything, it’s safe to assume that everybody knows how Spider-Man became Spider-Man and what that backstory was.”
In other words, Feige says he and Sony are aware that Holland is the third big-screen Spider-Man in less than a decade. As a result, Sony and Marvel Studios won’t be spending too much time rehashing his well-known origin story (bright high-school student gets bitten by a radioactive spider, Uncle Ben dies, etc.). Instead, the film will be focused on the character’s future and how he’ll fit into the “Avengers” world ahead of the impending “Infinity War.”
According to earlier reports, this could mean that Spider-Man’s big story will have less to do with how he became a superhero and instead focus on what kind of hero he wants to be. To do that, Marvel Studios will enlist the help of other characters to foil Parker. Previously, rumors indicated that Iron Man would act as a mentor to Spidey, as he does in the comic books, but Feige recently revealed that almost anyone in the MCU is up for grabs.
Additionally, ScreenRant notes that Feige feels confident that the dual studio partnership that will be behind the 2017 “Spider-Man” film won’t hurt the project, saying that it’s a true collaboration that shouldn’t feel or look any different from other MCU films.