Directors Joe and Anthony Russo give us a “contemporary” version of Spider-Man in Captain America: Civil War that takes the character back to his teenage roots.
In part one of this four part series, we brought you highlights from and interview with Hollywood directors Anthony and Joe Russo where they began by discussing the relationship between Captain America, Bucky/The Winter Soldier and Black Widow in the upcoming Captain America: Civil War. In the next portion of this same interview with the Marvel directors/brothers, the questions turned to the introduction of Spider-Man in Civil War and how their version of the Web Slinger would differ from previous screen incarnations of this classic character.
“This is a completely new version of Spider-Man that’s introduced in Civil War,” Anthony Russo professed. “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.” Anthony elaborated by stating, “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.”
I think it’s great that the brothers are bringing Spider-Man back to his teenage years. I was always disappointed that they didn’t do this to a greater degree in past films. Watching a character’s evolution from a point of creation to ultimately become the hero that we know and love is screen worthy, in my opinion. Though, Hollywood clearly thinks differently and would rather get the character to hit the floor running as soon as possible. And by the mentioning of the character, it seems evident that Aunt May will be introduced in Civil War, which only makes sense. If you’re going to give a teen aged Spider-Man any kind of substance or realism you must include Aunt May, even if it’s to a lesser degree.
Directed by Anthony & Joe Russo from a screenplay by Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely, Captain America: Civil War picks up where Avengers: Age of Ultron left off, as Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) leads the new team of Avengers in their continued efforts to safeguard humanity. After another international incident involving the Avengers results in collateral damage, political pressure mounts to install a system of accountability and a governing body to determine when to enlist the services of the team. The new status quo fractures the Avengers while they try to protect the world from a new and nefarious villain. Starring Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie, Paul Bettany, Jeremy Renner, Don Cheadle, Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Rudd, Chadwick Boseman, Emily VanCamp, Daniel Brühl, Frank Grillo, William Hurt, and Martin Freeman, Captain America: Civil War is set for release on May 6, 2016.