Earlier this year there was a rumour going round that Marvel’s Spider-Man may not actually focus on Peter Parker, but instead would put Mile Morales, a black Spider-Man, as the main character. However, while fans got excited about Marvel actually covering new ground in terms of Spider-Man in the movie world, Kevin Feige has now confirmed what I suspect everyone was waiting for anyway.
The MCU Spider-Man will actually be Peter Parker, and as with Sam Raimi and Marc Webb’s films, will focus on Parker while at high school.
“In terms of the age of an actor we’ll eventually to cast, I don’t know. In terms of the age of what we believe Peter Parker is, I’d say 15-16 is right.” Feige told Collider.
He then went on to explain his reasons for covering ground many fans feel has already been covered by the previous Spider-Man movies:
“We want to play with Spider-Man in the high school years because frankly there’ve been five Spider-Man films and the amazing thing about it is, even though there’ve been five Spider-Man films, there are so many things from the comics that haven’t been done yet. Not just characters or villains or supporting characters, but sides to his character. The most obvious being the ‘young, doesn’t quite fit in’ kid before his powers, and then the fella that puts on a mask and swings around and fights bad guys and doesn’t shut up, which is something we want to play with and we’re excited about.”
Feuge further explained that by covering Parker’s back story in detail, it would make him different from other characters in the MCU. Basically, it sounds like they want to start Spider-Man from the beginning ,and build on his character to fit in with the MCU, which while frustrating to everyone already bored of Spider-Man at school kinda makes sense if Marvel want to build on the Spider-Man story:
“I think it was midway through the first film that he graduated high school. At the beginning of the second Marc Webb film, he graduated high school. And some of my favorite Spider-Man arcs and Spider-Man stories, he’s in high school for a lot of it. We want to explore that. That also makes him very, very different from any of our other characters in the MCU, which is something else we want to explore: how unique he is when now put against all these other characters.”