Captain America: Civil War Directors Tease The Film’s More “Hardcore” Version Of Spider-Man


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Don’t let his absence from the threequel’s first teaser fool you: Tom Holland’s Spider-Man is primed to have a major arc throughout the course of Joe and Anthony Russo’s Captain America: Civil War.

But how will this particular incarnation differ from those that have come before? We know that Holland’s Spidey will be 15 upon swinging into action in Civil War, but recently the Russo brothers teased that his character will have been shaped by the “hardcore, contemporary” world of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.


Growing up in the shadow of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes has clearly not been easy for a budding new superhero, and both Joe and Anthony Russo spoke with about their naturalistic approach to your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man.

“A character growing up with his aunt in New York, a single income family… Where would they live? What would that look like? Where could they afford to live? We asked ourselves all those questions,” Joe Russo told Comic Book. “We try to take a very logical and realistic and naturalistic approach to the character. Again, in combination those are all of the things that we try to do, and of course, to bring our own touches, too.”

Further in the piece, Anthony Russo stressed that the “specific tonal world” that Captain America: Civil War inhabits will influence the way in which Spider-Man is introduced. By this stage, particularly with the superhero legislation throwing a spanner in the work, Holland’s character will have an understanding of the Avengers and the collateral damage they cause, which is a fascinating angle to take when it comes to the wet-behind-his-ears webslinger.

“I would also add, again, we’re introducing this character in a Captain America movie,” he added. “If you look at what we did with ‘Winter Soldier’ with the Cap character in terms of bringing him into the modern world, trying to ground the movie tonally into something that was a step toward real-world, at least to the degree you can do that in a superhero movie, that’s still the tonal universe that we’re playing in in ‘Civil War.’ We’re bringing a character… we’re bringing Spider-Man into the movie in that universe, now, in that specific tonal stylistic world. I think underscoring everything Joe was saying about your question in terms of how were we thinking about the character in relation to past interpretations of the character, part of our choices were all so colored by the specifics of the world what we were playing in with these two Captain America movies, meaning Winter Soldier and Civil War. It’s a very specific tonal world. It’s a little more grounded and a little more hard-core contemporary. That was also coloring our choices a lot about the character on Spider-Man.”

Heroes collide when Captain America: Civil War opens in theaters on May 6, 2016.

Source: ComicBook

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