We’ve seen many different interpretations of Spider-Man over the years, both on the big and small screen. But one thing that has remained constant, as Joe and Anthony Russo noted (they’re directing Captain America: Civil War), is the nostalgia to the origins of the character. We saw it with Toby Maguire’s Spider-Man, and then again with Andrew Garfield’s take on the character.
The Spider-Man we see in Civil War, however, will be a “completely new version,” Joe Russo teased.
“It was very important to us that we go young with the character because what we love about Spider-Man is that he’s still a high school student,” Joe Russo explained. “That’s part of his vulnerability and it’s what makes him special in the Marvel Universe; he’s very unique. We wanted to play to that aspect of the character.”
He added that the directors wanted to explore a more contemporary interpretation, and what Spider-Man’s life would be like if he lived in a place like Queens, New York today.
“What’s the texture of his life like, what’s the texture of his relationship with his aunt who lives with him?” Joe Russo said. “How can we make the relationship and character very contemporary? That’s our goal with the character.”
Although we know Spider-Man will appear in Captain America:Civil War, we have yet to see the character in action, making his debut that much more anticipated. Whether he shows up in any future Captain: America Civil War promotional materials remains to be seen; my gut feeling tells me his appearance will be saved for the actual movie, which comes out on May 6, 2016.
Once Spider-Man swings into action, we’ll see him again in his own standalone movie, and then in Avengers: Infinity War, which the Russo brothers are also directing.