With Marvel and Sony’s deal firmly in place to reboot Spider-Man yet again, one of our primary concerns has always been with the possibility of having to sit through yet another Spidey origin story. But we can all breathe a sigh of relief as the writers of the new reboot have confirmed that we will not have to endure a retelling of how Peter Parker became the web-slinging hero.
Well that was fast — though not entirely surprising. Captain America: Civil War has been filming for a few months now, and various set photos have confirmed that the film is basically Avengers 2.5, featuring just about every major player in the MCU. One of those characters will be our new Spider-Man, Tom Holland, who is set to make a cameo in the film ahead of his solo Spidey movie.
Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige previously discussed the tone of the upcoming Spider-Man reboot, comparing it to the classic teen films of John Hughes. That’s a pretty high bar to set for the franchise, but an admirable aspiration all the same. It’s a challenge that director Jon Watts seems capable of taking on, and while we don’t know too much just yet about his plans, Watts has opened the door just a crack to give us a peek at what he has in store for Spidey.
Comic book fans know that Spider-Man has always been something of a wise-ass, cracking a lot of jokes while on his way to defeating Doctor Octopus or Mysterio. The laughs in the cinematic versions of Spider-Man have varied. The three Sam Raimi film captured the tone of the books, but were mostly light on laughs (emo Peter Parker notwithstanding). The two Amazing Spider-Man movies captured some of Spidey’s goofiness (remember when Spider-Man pulled Rhino’s pants down?), but tried to balance that with a humorless plot. The new Spider-Man reboot is still a few years off, but the writers of the film are at least talking a good game about making Spider-Man’s humor crucial to the plot.
Tom Holland has either begun filming his part as Spider-Man in Captain America: Civil War or he’s about to head off to the Atlanta set soon. In either case, it won’t be long before we get our first look at the new Spidey outfit. You think all of those photos from the Suicide Squad set were bad? Just you wait. The new, official Marvel Cinematic Universe Spider-Man is going to attract paparazzi like nothing else. So expect Marvel Studios to beat them to the punch by releasing an official image before long. But what if they have already been secretly, quietly, teasing the costume under our noses?
It’s still a bit strange that we’re getting a third Spider-Man franchise already — the second reboot in three years, and the second reboot since Sam Raimi kicked off the franchise with 2002's Spider-Man. Following Marvel and Sony’s highly-anticipated deal to collaborate on the new reboot of the character, Raimi himself is weighing in with his thoughts on the deal and his faith in the future of Spidey.
Recently, Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige has been talking up the Spider-Man reboot, comparing the intended tone to something along the lines of John Hughes’ teen movies in the ‘80s. Have Marvel and Sony found the right writers to deliver that promise? The studios are eyeing the writers of another upcoming reboot to help reshape the web-slinger’s franchise.
Before Marvel and Sony reached their highly-anticipated agreement to combine forces for a Spider-Man reboot, there was a lot of confusion about where the web-slinger was headed. We saw some of that in the e-mails following the Sony hack, accompanied by rumors about potential character returns and various spinoff plans. Now that director Marc Webb and the cast have moved on, they’ve begun to clarify what a third Amazing Spider-Man film would have been like.
After months of rumors and half-truths, everything about the new Spider-Man has come together in the past few weeks. Actor Tom Holland officially signed on to play the new wall-crawler. Director Jon Watts was hired to helm the next Spider-Man movie. And now, Marvel COO Joe Quesada has started talking up the new costume, using words like “awesome” and phrases like “blow people away.”
Start the puns now: Marisa Tomei has joined the cast of Sony and Marvel’s upcoming Spider-Man reboot in the role of Aunt May. Marisa Aunt May! See, it’s fun. You try. We can’t have a Spider-Man film without Uncle Ben and Aunt May, and since the studios are heading back to the drawing board with the origin story (again), it’s time to revisit Peter Parker’s family.