A member of the Captain America: Civil War cast has been missing from the promotional materials up to this point. Spider-Man has yet to be officially revealed, mirroring Luke Skywalker in the Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailers and posters.
Those who have seen the Star Wars film, or read J.J. Abram’s explanation as previously reported by the Inquisitr, understand why their favorite elder Jedi was given this treatment. If you haven’t seen it, it’s not likely that Spider-Man (Tom Holland) has been missing from the Civil War promotional materials for the same reasons.
The 2002 big-screen adaptation starring Tobey Maguire was well-received, even though the character deviated from his comic book origins. He was more emotional and soft-spoken, not the jokey teenager whose one-liners probably inspired the creation of Deadpool (aside from the obvious parallels to DC’s Deathstroke). By changing him, Sam Raimi made a whole new generation of fans care about the web-slinger enough to warrant two sequels. Sadly, Spider-Man 3 was plagued with problems that Raimi has since apologized for, and according to the Inquisitr, he’d like another chance to direct the character.
This isn’t likely to happen with the Captain America: Civil War cast member, since Marvel is using actor Tom Holland to remake the character as a modern day teenager. That isn’t saying Andrew Garfield was a bad choice; Andrew simply fell under the problem of bad direction, despite giving Peter Parker a personality more like his comic book counterpart.
Under the direction of the Russo brothers, Spider-Man will be cast in Captain America: Civil War as a very different character from what moviegoers have seen in the past. Hopefully, this time the comparison isn’t as disappointing as Joss Whedon’s version of Quicksilver in contrast with Evan Peters’ version.
According to Techno Buffalo, Joe Russo is focusing more on Spider-Man’s vulnerability as a high school student.
“It was very important to us that we go young with the character because what we love about Spider-Man is that he’s still a high school student. That’s 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.
“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.”
This means the Captain America: Civil War version of Spider-Man won’t be given a new origin story. We’ve already seen it twice and Marvel knows it.
Instead, it seems Peter Parker is going to become an outcast after revealing his true identity to the world, if the film is planning to follow that part of the “Civil War” comic book story arc. Captain America (Chris Evans) and the rest of the cast will most likely be deeply impacted by the scene, if it happens, and possibly give Steve Rogers and James “Bucky” Barnes (Sebastian Stan) the inspiration to give in to the government program.
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— Amazing Spider-Man (@Spidermansweb) December 26, 2015
If the Russo brothers plan on taking a queue from Joss Whedon, Spider-Man could end up being central to the story by the end like Vision (Paul Bettany) was. Vision didn’t have many scenes in Avengers: Age of Ultron, but he played a pivotal role in the story.
This is the biggest ensemble film since Age of Ultron, and the cast of Captain America: Civil War could have a much more memorable story to tell this time. With Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman), Spider-Man, and Ant-Man (Paul Rudd) all joining the team, the world is expecting the movie to be huge.
We will all know when the Captain America: Civil War release date of May 6, 2016 arrives.
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