Among the many reasons comic-book aficionados should be pumped for next year’s Captain America: Civil War is the fact that the Joe and Anthony Russo-directed blockbuster will give audiences their first look at Tom Holland’s new Spider-Man.
Speaking with Vulture recently, writers John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein confirmed that Holland’s cameo in Civil War has already been wrapped. “We hear good things,” said Goldstein, who revealed that he and Daley are heading to Atlanta this weekend to look at the footage. “We might even get to look at the Spidey suit, which is exciting.”
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While Civil War wraps up production, though, Daley and Goldstein will have their hands full writing the script for the Spider-Man stand-alone movie, which Jon Watts (Cop Car) is directing for a planned summer 2017 release.
Recently, while guests on The Andy Greenwald Podcast, the pair spoke at length about their plans for the pic, with Goldstein promising relieved fans in no uncertain terms that this will not be another origin story:
“I think that everybody feels like you know he got bit by a spider and you know Uncle Ben died, and we probably don’t need to revisit that.”
Given how much the past Spidey flicks beat his early days into the ground, that’s welcome news. Moreover, Daley elaborated on the tone:
“We have a meeting set up at the end of the week just to go over the logistics and to look at his suit, which will be fun. But we’re so pumped about it and Marvel seems to be doing everything right; we’re both such huge fans of the stuff they’re putting out. I think it’ll be a fun departure from the Peter Parker you’ve seen, where now he is truly a kid and I think the stakes are increased in that his struggle through high school is very real and isn’t just a sort of side note; it matters now.”
Addressing why Holland, who at 18 is the youngest actor to tackle the role to date, is perfect to play this webslinger, Goldstein explained:
“We want to explore the fact that just because you get superpowers doesn’t make you into a really sophisticated, successful adult. He’s still a kid and he’s clumsy and he’s a geek and he’s a bit of an outcast, and in many ways the superpowers amplify that and exacerbate his trying to fit in.”
Daley added, stressing the high school stakes:
“He has one more secret that he has to sort of keep from the world, one more burden that he’s dealing with above all the other crap that he’s dealing with at school. So it’s gonna be fun, and we can relate to that Peter Parker character—we’re geeky guys that weren’t popular in school ourselves.”
Of course, both noted that they’re still extremely early on in the writing process, so anything and everything about their current plans for the story could shift (that’s likely why no one is confirming a villain yet). Still, the pair are giddy about the gig, and it’s going to be interesting to see how they continue to explore the Spider-Man universe.
The untitled Spider-Man reboot is set for release on July 28, 2017.