Although the upcoming Spider-Man reboot was rumoured to feature an altogether different Spider-Man, it looks as though Peter Parker will return…
During an interview with Collider, Marvel studio boss Kevin Feige confirmed that Spider-Man will be heading back to high school… and it’ll be Peter Parker behind the mask.
“We want to play with Spider-Man in the high school years because frankly there’ve been five Spider-Man films and the amazing thing about it is, even though there’ve been five Spider-Man films, there are so many things from the comics that haven’t been done yet.”
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“Not just characters or villains or supporting characters, but sides to his character,” he added. “The most obvious being the ‘young, doesn’t quite fit in’ kid before his powers, and then the fella that puts on a mask and swings around and fights bad guys and doesn’t shut up, which is something we want to play with and we’re excited about.”
Of course, Feige is certainly onto something there.
After all, by The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Andrew Garfield’s Parker had graduated high school… and it’s a similar story when it comes to Tobey Maguire.
But who will take over in the new series?
“In terms of the age of an actor we’ll eventually to cast, I don’t know,” he added. “In terms of the age of what we believe Peter Parker is, I’d say 15-16 is right.”
So it looks as though those rumours of a teenage Spider-Man are right on the money… and that sadly puts fan favourite Dylan O’Brien out of the running.
And with the kind of stories they want to tell, it sounds as though they’re casting in the right direction.
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“Some of my favorite Spider-Man arcs and Spider-Man stories, he’s in high school for a lot of it,” he said. “We want to explore that. That also makes him very, very different from any of our other characters in the MCU, which is something else we want to explore: how unique he is when now put against all these other characters.”
Who will end up in the role? For now, we’ll have to wait and see… but perhaps Asa Butterfield is starting to sound like a strong contender.
The new Spider-Man movie heads to cinemas on 28 July 2017.
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