Last month it was reported that the Spider-Man film franchise would once again receive a reboot. The decision was made due in-part to the underperformance of The Amazing Spider-Man 2 film and a deal between Marvel Studios and Sony Pictures Entertainment — the latter of whom owned the rights to the film franchise since 1999 — which would bring Spidey back over to Marvel. This agreement simultaneously marks the end of The Amazing Spider-Man franchise and the beginning of a new film series for the web-slinger and judging from Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige we have a lot to look forward to.
“There are so many things that are integral to his character in the comics that haven’t been explored yet,” Feige told IGN in a recent interview. One of these “things” being his sense of humor, which Feige thinks has been underrepresented in previous films. “When he puts that mask on in the comics, he has a nonstop wit, that’s almost as troublesome to the bad guys he’s fighting as his webs and agility, and we feel like we haven’t seen that in the movies yet,” he said.
Feige made the analogy that the reboot will be to the Spider-Man film franchise, what Christopher Nolan‘s Batman Begins was to the Batman film series, in that it will attempt to delve into unexplored parts of Spidey’s story. The difference however is that, the Spider-Man reboot will not be an origin story — which is good considering our hearts can stand to see “Uncle Ben” die for a third time on film. According to Crave Online, in the reboot “Peter Parker” will be a 15 or 16 years old high school student who already possess his superhuman abilities, and fighting crime in a homemade version of the Spider-Man suit. “[We want to] spend much more time focusing on this young high school kid in the [Marvel Cinematic Universe] dealing with his powers,” he explained.
Additionally, Feige says we can expect interaction between Spidey and other superheroes now that he’s joining Iron Man, Captain America, Thor and the other Marvel Studios heavy hitters.
The yet-to-be-named Spider-Man reboot is set to hit the big screen on July 28, 2017, so there’s sure to be quite a few details before then. Be sure to check back with The Source as new details roll out.
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