Marvel Studios’ head-honcho Kevin Feige has teased that Spider-Man: Homecoming and its upcoming sequels could follow the same style and universe-building structure as Harry Potter.
Earlier this summer, Tom Holland made his debut as Peter Parker, making him the third incarnation of the superhero in the last 14 years after the tenures of Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield.
This time around, though, Peter Parker/Spider-Man is finally in the same universe as his Marvel cohorts Iron Man, Captain America, The Hulk, Thor, et al, which is why there’s a growing excitement for Spider-Man: Homecoming, due out next summer.
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Unless something drastic occurs, Homecoming will be followed by several Spider-Man films as the character evolves in his very own universe. While speaking to Collider, Kevin Feige admitted that they might take inspiration with how to expand the series from a certain iconic wizarding franchise.
After being asked whether they will keep Peter Paker in high school in future films, Feige explained, “Should we be able to make more after that? Sure. This is sophomore year, is the next one junior year? Is the next one senior year? Is there a summer break between each of those? I don’t know what, but it was sort of how do we do a journey for Peter not dissimilar for what the students of Hogwarts would go through each of their years, which was one of the early ideas we had for the movies.”
The Harry Potter films, as well as J.K. Rowling’s books, were each set during a new school year at Hogwarts, while Marvel and Kevin Feige made the conscious decision to cast a much younger actor as Peter Parker so that they could take advantage of the high school setting over a number of films. That’s why they cast 20-year-old Tom Holland as the superhero.
Speaking about the planned process for how to introduce Tom Holland’s Peter Parker into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Feige admitted that there was a careful plan for how to make it work. During the same interview with Collider, Feige explained, “The first step was reintroduce a new Spider-Man into the Marvel Cinematic Universe in Civil War and have people leave the theater saying, ‘I love that Spider-Man. I wanna see more of him.’ I think that’s happened.”
Feige added, “The next step is making a great Spider-Man: Homecoming and a great film that showcases Spider-Man in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and makes everybody fall in love with him all over again.”
Tom Holland also spoke to Collider, via Screen Rant, about how Spider-Man: Homecoming will be different from Sam Raimi’s original trilogy and Marc Webb’s two films, insisting that their version will very much play upon how young the character is and how he struggles with trying to save New York City and adjusting to his super-powers.
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“This is a very different side to Spider-Man because you’re going to see a kid dealing with everyday problems that a 15-year-old deals with as well as trying to save the city,” Holland explained.
“He’s conflicted because of what it is he’s trying to do and what it is that’s going on with the whole Avengers in the universe. Obviously after Civil War we still don’t really know what’s happening and he’s in the middle of that world. So that’s very exciting to explore that and also just to see a kid in high school figure out what to do with his super powers is really fun.”
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