Marvel Studios recently dropped its newest trailer for Captain America: Civil War. In the short time it was released, it has achieved the distinction of being the most viewed movie trailer of all time right behind Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Sufficed to say, pretty much every geek on the planet has seen it (and probably viewed it multiple times). While the trailer showed tons of new footage and put emphasis on the tensions between Team Cap and Team Iron Man, it also gave us our very first look at Spider-Man. His appearance in the trailer seems to be the only thing fans are talking about – not all of that juicy action and fighting among Marvels heroes. But, yes, Spider-Man is out of the death grip of Sony Pictures and finally back in the home of Marvel…. And he looks spectacular.
In response to the suit design, and his actual role in the movie, directors Anthony and Joe Russo sat down with Forbes Magazine and shed some more light on the inclusion of everyone’s friendly neighborhood Spider-Man.
Firstly, there has been some debate among fans, on why Marvel felt it necessary to reveal Spider-Man in this trailer. Up until now, he’s inclusion in the movie, and any sight of him, has been kept at the wayside – like Marvel was initially planning to keep his role in the movie a surprise. Throwing him in the trailer felt like a direct response to fans on the internet who’ve been pulling a J. Jonah Jameson “I Want Pictures of Spider-Man!”. Anthony assures revealing him that way was always the plan, stating:
We went through a very thorough casting process, we tested Tom Holland vigorously with Chris Evans and Robert Downey Jr., we screen tested him along with several other actors. It was a very intense part of the movie to us. Finally, it’s all secure and we’re at a place where we can present him even in just a small tease.
As for how substantial his role in the movie will be, Joe Promises fans will be “happy” while his brother elaborated on the subject:
Part of the fun of Spider-Man is that this film is basically a war amongst the Avengers and Spidey does not have the baggage that all these other character have. He enters the story after the conflict that is happening between the Avengers and that gives him a very unique place in the story.
Now, in response the highly discussed suit design in which reactions have been mixed (though most fans seem to like it), Joe says everyone at Marvel was/is confident fans will like it because, well, they like it:
The design of the costume is what it is. That’s the design that we love, it’s the design that Kevin Feige loves and so on. He’s a very popular character so it’s always going to controversial, people are always going to love or hate what you do with him, but all we can do is make sure we love it, that we are true to ourselves and true to how we feel about the character and then hope that everybody else digs it. And there is still effects work that needs to be done to it.
Like with every super hero movie sequel, the one constant is that super hero costumes always change/evolve. Is this something that fans can expect for the solo Spidey movie and future film appearances? To whit, Joe said:
Without question. We like making strong choices with character so while this might be slightly more traditional, Steve Ditko influenced suit, it is certainly in our vocabulary to develop it into something more extreme as the story line requires. I think there are thing that people will discover when they see the film about why the suit operates the way it does, why the eyes move, as that stuff is substantiated. Everybody wants answers yesterday but then what would be the point of seeing the movie?
Lastly, the brothers Russo addressed the question as to why fans should care at yet another big-screen version of Spider-Man:
I’m a skeptical fan and I would look at the multiple version and I would even go “Guys, give me a break. Let me wash my palette clean of whatever the last interpretation was because your exhausting me!”. However, there are a couple of key factors here. One of them is that he’s back in the Marvel Universe, he’s interacting with characters that you’ve never seen him interact with before, it’s actually a young actor playing the part which is a new interpretation of the character and that’s what I remember about the character when I was a kid. The cons are obviously fatigue but the pros are that it could potentially be a really invigorating piece of story telling and catalyzing interpretation of the character. At the end of the day, the purpose here is to deliver Spider-Man that people will **** themselves over”.
Captain America: Civil War hits theaters May 6th.