Spider-Man’s leap from Sony over to Marvel means that he’s no longer the coolest kid in town. Now he has to compete with the likes of Iron Man, Thor, Captain America, et al, whereas within the Sony movie universe, he was their only fish. But, as per usual, Kevin Feige has already orchestrated the perfect plan to make sure that Spider-Man stands out at Marvel as part of the larger MCU.
While talking to IGN, Kevin Feige explained that he believes Spider-Man is going to thrive within the hallowed walls of the Marvel Cinematic Universe because we’ll now get to see him juxtaposed with other superheroes. Feige declared:
And talk about throwing Spider-Man into at the deep end, because Tom Holland will be making his debut as the character in Captain America: Civil War. And while in the past he has had to try and steal screen time from the likes of Aunt May, Gwen Stacey, Mary Jane Watson, Harry Osborn, and Macho Man Randy Savage, this time he’s got quite a formidable team of superheroes to contend with.
That’s because Captain America: Civil War will star Chris Evans as the titular superhero, Robert Downey, Jr. as Iron Man, Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow, Sebastian Stan as Winter Soldier, Anthony Mackie as Falcon, Don Cheadle as War Machine, Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye, Chadwick Boseman as Black Panther, Elizabeth Olsen as Scarlet Witch, and many, many other heroes from Marvel’s formidable roster.
But, as Kevin Feige said, this should actually be good for Spider-Man. Sam Raimi’s trilogy of films helped to legitimize the genre and proved that comic-book films weren’t just for kids, but could also possess heart, thrills and sensational action sequences that were grounded and relatable and could be enjoyed by the whole family. But, the attempt to reboot the character with The Amazing Spider-Man fell flat, partly because they just weren’t as fun as Marvel’s adventures. In fact, as Marvel’s universe increasingly expanded, poor old Spider-Man looked more and more alone over at Sony, with only the Green Goblin, Electro and The Lizard for company.
By bringing him into Marvel’s fold, and having him bounce off the sensational roster of actors and characters that they have at their disposal, Spider-Man should be rejuvenated. We’ll see if that’s the case when he makes his debut in Captain America: Civil War on March 25, 2016, before he then gets his own solo outing, directed by Jon Watts, that will hit cinemas on July 28, 2017.