‘Spider-Man’ Won’t Be A Third Retelling Of The Origin Story

Spider-Man fans have heard it enough that many know the entire story by heart and it doesn’t help that both big screen treatments of the Spider-Man story began with an updated (though essentially the same) version of the same origin tale. Now, with news that there will be a third incarnation of Spider-Man, fears have been mounting that fans will be expected to sit through a third version of the same story.

Not so, says Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige.

“There is a young kid [already] running around New York City in a homemade version of the Spider-Man costume in the MCU [Marvel Comics Universe]. You just don’t know it yet… In Spider-Man’s very specific case, where there have been two retellings of that origin in the last whatever it’s been – [thirteen] years – for us we are going to take it for granted that people know that, and the specifics.”

While Feige thinks the previous Spider-Man films were dead on with much of how they represented Spider-Man, there was also much that was missed, and Kevin would like to see that corrected in the new Spider-Man reboot. In particular, Peter Parker (A.K.A. Spider-Man) was primarily a high school student in the comic books, but, when the film adaptations came along, the story pushed Spider-Man into young adulthood, shoving him out of high school as soon as possible.

Spider-Man patrols the city by night.
Spider-Man at night. Courtesy of Marvel Comics.

Also specifically mentioned by Mr. Feige is the fact that comic book Spider-Man is frequently encountering other heroes within the M.C.U., something which hadn’t been possible with past film adaptations.

Kevin also commented on the general appearance of Spider-Man in the films. While both previous film versions of Spider-Man showed a faithful representation of the Spider-Man costume, Feige feels that the look could still be improved upon.

“I was more involved in the Raimi ones, and think they did a very good job. But that being said, we’ve already designed the costume, which is different than any of the ones that have come before. And yet ours is classic Spidey, as I think you’ll see.”

Spider-Man and Wolverine meet up in the Marvel comic books. Spider-Man and Wolverine fist bump. Courtesy of Marvel Comics.

Although casting hasn’t yet begun for this new, younger Spider-Man, a choice will have to be made very soon, because the new Spider-Man will make his debut long before the first official film. Spider-Man will first be seen in Captain America: Civil War, which is set to hit theaters on May 6, 2016.

The new Spider-Man solo film, which is being written by Drew Goddard (Netflix’s Daredevil), has a release date of July 28, 2017.

[Image courtesy of Marvel Comics]