By now, everyone knows that the Spider-Man franchise is being rebooted… again. This time Sony has bent over for Disney and given them the opportunity to use Spidey in their own version of the Marvel Universe. This gave rise to a lot of fan outcry that Marvel should give one of the other favorite incarnations of Spider-Man a chance – namely Miles Morales. But according to MCU overlord Kevin Feige, they’ll be sticking with the familiar face of Peter Parker.
In a recent interview with Collider, Feige had this to say about the arrival of Spidey to the Disney franchise:
“In terms of the age of an actor we’ll eventually to cast, I don’t know. In terms of the age of what we believe Peter Parker is, I’d say 15-16 is right.”
He then went on to talk more about what Disney is looking for when it comes to the kind of Spider-Man they want to portray:
“We want to play with Spider-Man in the high school years because frankly there’ve been five Spider-Man films and the amazing thing about it is, even though there’ve been five Spider-Man films, there are so many things from the comics that haven’t been done yet. Not just characters or villains or supporting characters, but sides to his character. The most obvious being the ‘young, doesn’t quite fit in’ kid before his powers, and then the fella that puts on a mask and swings around and fights bad guys and doesn’t shut up, which is something we want to play with and we’re excited about.
I think it was midway through the first film that he graduated high school. At the beginning of the second Marc Webb film, he graduated high school. And some of my favorite Spider-Man arcs and Spider-Man stories, he’s in high school for a lot of it. We want to explore that. That also makes him very, very different from any of our other characters in the MCU, which is something else we want to explore: how unique he is when now put against all these other characters.”
So no Morales, folks. We can wish that they’d do something different until the stars fall from the sky, but it ain’t happening. Gods forbid we have to watch ANOTHER Peter Parker origin story though. If that’s what Disney tries to do, I’m out. In other interviews, Feige has stated that there will be no origin story. Let’s just hope that attitude makes it all the way through pre-production.
Still, Sony and Disney are sharing the Spidey-rights. Do they both get a say in who is cast? Sony’s supposed to be following up Disney’s 2017 reboot with a sequel, but exactly how much power will they have in determining how the franchise unfolds? Personally, I haven’t been a big fan of the newer Spider-Man flicks, but I’d hate to see Disney have full control and turn it into yet another of their just-above-par Marvel films, complete with bad jokes and generic-yet-flashy action. Hopefully, Sony has enough influence that we’ll see something a bit different and the cinematic comic-book universe won’t start to all fade into one giant shade of money-colored green.