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Spider-Man’s role in Captain America: Civil War is “very unique,” says directors

by Brandon Russell | March 17, 2016March 17, 2016 1:40 pm PST

Now that we’ve seen Spider-Man officially appear in the latest Captain America: Civil War trailer, directors Joe and Anthony Russo are finally able to (mostly) speak freely about how the character is involved. In a new interview with Forbes, the brothers talk about the politics involved in getting the superhero onscreen and how he’ll fit into the larger arc Marvel is building.

Perhaps the biggest question people have: How big will Spider-Man’s role be? The character wasn’t confirmed to be part of the MCU until early last year and with such complicated politics at play, it meant Marvel had to walk a tightrope as to what they could and couldn’t do. It doesn’t sound like his role will be ripped right from the Civil War comics, but the brothers did say fans will still be happy with his involvement.

“I think people are going to be happy with him in the movie, he’s got a very interesting role in it,” said Joe Russo.

When asked just how big that role will be, Anthony Russo revealed that, because Spider-Man is entering the fray as a newcomer, it will give him a unique perspective on the situation. “Spidey does not have the baggage that all these other characters have,” he said.

Many rumors have claimed that Tony Stark approaches Spider-Man after having kept tabs on his exploits in New York City. In an effort to get him on Team Iron Man, Tony apparently offers Spider-Man an advanced suit, which is what fans saw in the trailer. Speaking of which, the Russo Brothers are offering no apologies about the design.

“The design of the costume is what it is,” Joe Russo said. “That’s the design we love, it’s the design that Kevin Feige loves and so on. He’s a very popular character so it’s always going to be controversial, people are always going to love or hate what you do with him, but all we can do is make sure that we love it, that we are true to ourselves and true to how we feel about the character and then hope that everybody else digs it.”

Anthony Russo went on to say that we only got a small glimpse of the character in the latest trailer, but we’ll get a much more complete view once Civil War comes out. We’ll learn, for example, why the eyes move. “And there is still effects work that needs to be done on it,” Joe Russo added.

Finally, the Russo Brothers played it coy when asked whether Spider-Man will appear in Avengers: Infinity War—a movie they’re directing—though they did talk about where they would take the character should he continue to evolve in the MCU. Oh, and if you plan on seeing Captain America: Civil War when it comes out on May 6, it’s probably a good idea to stay through the credits, as there could be as many as three extra scenes.

Check out the full interview at the source link for more.

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