With great power, comes an unnecessary number of reboots.
In February 2015, Sony and Marvel announced a licensing deal which would mean that Spider-Man would appear for the first time in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Marvel recently released the latest trailer for Captain America: Civil War which unveiled Tom Holland‘s Spider-Man alongside Iron Man, Captain America, and the rest of The Avengers (okay, some of The Avengers).
Spider-Man plays a pivotal role in the comic book series, however, it seems like the movie is going to deviate drastically from the source material which has left fans wondering what exactly Spider-Man is going to do in the film. Is Spider-Man on Team Captain America or Team Iron Man? Will we get to see Uncle Ben die again? And will several Spider-Man villains be unnecessarily shoehorned into the movie? Here’s everything you need to know about Spider-Man’s role in Captain America: Civil War:
What role will Spider-Man play in the Civil War?
In the Civil War comic series, the U.S. government passes the Superhero Registration Act which requires heroes to disclose their secret identities and register with the Government so they can be regulated and held accountable for their actions. A group of anti-registration heroes, led by Captain America, rallies against pro-registration heroes led by Iron Man in an all out war and Spider-Man finds himself caught in the middle.
For years, Spider-Man had one of the most closely guarded secret identities in the Marvel Universe. When Spider-Man sided with Iron Man and willingly took off his mask on live television, the story was such big news that CNN and Fox News even covered the event in real life. However, as Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige explained, the film version of Civil War has less to do with secret identities and more to do with government oversight so it’s possible that Spider-Man won’t play as big a role in the movie adaptation.
Is Spider-Man on Team Iron Man or Team Captain America?
Much like in the comics, it appears that Spider-Man will join Iron Man (along with Vision, Black Widow, War Machine, and Black Panther) in his fight against Captain America (and his team of Hawkeye, Falcon, Ant-Man, Sharon Carter, Scarlet Witch, and the Winter Soldier). At least initially.
Much like in the comics, is appears that Peter Parker will be torn between superhero ideologies. Kevin Feige explained his mindset, “Does he want to be like these other characters? Does he want nothing to do with these other characters? How does that impact his experience, being this grounded but super powerful hero? Those are all the things that Stan Lee and Steve Ditko played with in the first 10 years of his comics, and that now we can play with for the first time in a movie.”
How will Spider-Man interact with The Avengers?
In the comics, Peter Parker has a very special mentor-mentee relationship with Tony Stark and it appears their friendship will be highlighted in the film (in the trailer, Stark summons Parker with the codeword “Underoos!”). Parker looks up to Stark as both a hero and a scientist and director Anthony Russo said that Parker’s decision to side with Stark comes from their “very personal relationship,” rather than any strong political ideology.
Will we get to see the Iron Spider-Man suit?
In the Civil War comic series, Tony Stark makes Peter Parker a badass iron Spider-Man suit (which came equipped with the ability to fly, mechanical limbs, and internet access for surfing the web). However, after the latest trailer, it was revealed that Spidey will be wearing his trademark red and blue suit (with a few minor adjustments including mechanical eyes). Although director Joe Russo explained that the film will explore the way the suit operates, so there’s still room for some Stark Industries upgrades.
When can we expect a standalone Spider-Man movie?
Tom Holland has reportedly signed a three film deal (not including his appearance Civil War) so fans should expect to see more of the web slinger in upcoming years. However, Spidey fans will have to wait until July 7, 2017 to see him in a standalone film. It was also recently announced Zendaya had been cast in the Spider-Man reboot, where she’ll most likely play a version of Peter Parker’s roommate, Michele Gonzales.
Will we be forced to watch Uncle Ben be murdered again?
While the upcoming Spider-Man movie is officially being labeled a “reboot,” Kevin Feige has promised that the Spider-Man film would not be an origin story explaining, “You know he got bit by a spider and you know Uncle Ben died. We probably don’t need to revisit that.”
Captain America: Civil War hits theaters May 6, 2016.