While most of us are still working our way through our Daredevil binge-watches on Netflix this weekend, a little bit of news regarding New York’s other masked vigilante broke today, as Marvel head honcho Kevin Feige relayed some interesting tidbits about the casting process for Spider-Man to Collider.
There’s been a lot of discussion surrounding Marvel’s newest character acquisition for their cinematic universe, as to whether we’ll see another version of Peter Parker or will the studio shake things up with Miles Morales? How old will he be? etc…
As a part of the press junket for Avengers: Age of Ultron, Kevin Feige cleared a good deal of this information up:
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…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.
That makes it pretty official folks, we’re looking at a high school aged Peter Parker as the next Spider-Man.
With the character reportedly appearing in Captain America: Civil War, which began shooting this week, Marvel and Sony are clearly moving quickly to get their new webslinger in place. I wouldn’t be surprised if we get a big breaking news story on that front in the next week or so.
Does more Peter Parker make you more or less excited about the Marvel Studios supported version of Spider-Man?
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