Russo Brothers Tease Spider-Man And Stakes Of Captain America: Civil War


Captain America: Civil War looks set to be 2016’s biggest superhero movie, especially as along with pitting The Avengers against each other, it’s set to finally bring Spider-Man into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. That’s something which is long overdue, and with not so much as a single image of the new Spider-Man online as of right now, pretty much everything about him is a mystery.

However, Joe and Anthony Russo have now shed some light on what we should expect from the character’s appearance in Captain America: Civil War, and the latter had this to say about bringing the wall-crawler (and his aunt) into this world:

“This is a completely new version of Spider-Man that’s introduced in Civil War. It was very important to us that we go younger with the character because what we love about Spider-Man is that he’s still a high school student. That’s a 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.

We also wanted to think about ‘Who is Spider-Man today?’ A lot of times when you get interpretations of Spider-Man, they’re very nostalgic to the origins of the character. Sometimes there’s an old-fashioned patina to the tone of who Spider-Man is. We wanted to think about who is Spider-Man today if he’s living in Queens, what’s the texture of his life like, what’s the texture of his relationship with his aunt who lives with him. How can we make the relationship and character very contemporary? That’s our goal with the character.”


Following the success of Captain America: The Winter Soldier, the Russos have been drafted in to take the helm of both Captain America: Civil War and the two-part Avengers: Infinity War, and they didn’t hold back when it came to emphasizing just how huge all three of the movies they’re working on are going to be and the kind of ramifications they’ll have on the MCU.

“The stakes of both Civil War and the Avengers: Infinity War movies are gonna be very high, and there will be a price to pay [for?] a lot of characters. And that’s the whole point of cumulative storytelling. We’re going to go on emotional journeys with these characters. We’ve got a lot invested in the emotion. We have responsibilities to be mindful of how these people feel about the characters and, at the same time, we also have a responsibility to carry through on the storytelling. As filmmakers, we believe in stakes. You can’t have good storytelling without strong stakes. So, there will be a price to pay in Civil War.”

Captain America: Civil War is set to be released next May, and more details about Spider-Man will hopefully be revealed early next year. However, there is of course a chance that Marvel will wait until the movie hits theatres to reveal him. Either way, we’ll be sure to keep you posted when we hear more.