We’re only a few months away from Captain America: Civil War, and the debut of Spider-Man in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Many are waiting eagerly for the characters arrival, but many are equally curious to see how he will be portrayed in the film, and how he’ll differ from the two actors who portrayed him previously.
The Russo Brothers, who are directing the film, revealed to a panel, when asked by ComicBook.com, how their version is indeed different:
“We took a very personal approach to the character,” explained Joe Russo. “He was my favorite character growing up, so the opportunity to bring Spider-Man to the screen is a dream come true. It’s something that I spent a lot of time thinking about as a kid. We had thought back to the things that excited us about him as a character when we were younger, and one of the most important components of that was that he’s a high schooler burdened with incredible powers and responsibility. That really differentiates him from every other character in the Marvel universe as opposed to other superheroes. For us, it was extremely important that we cast somebody very close to the age of a high school student. The previous films had adults playing a high schooler. We wanted more of an authenticity to the casting. We were very specific about that. We wanted an energy and charisma from the character, an energy, but also an insecurity that would make him fun to watch in contrast to the confident superheroes.
It was also important to us that the actor that was cast feel contemporary because the other films that portrayed where he lived is more… they honored the comic books in terms of the choices. But you go look at the home that Tobey Maguire lived in in Raimi’s Spider-Man was… those were very expensive homes. We wanted to relate it to the reality…”
“The everyman appeal of the character, which is something we’ve always loved,” added Anthony Russo.
Does this get you more excited for Spider-Man’s debut? He’ll arrive in Civil War on May 6th.