Spider-Man In The Marvel Cinematic Universe Confirmed As A Teen
“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…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.”Spider-Man being younger definitely plays perfectly into the majority of theories making their way around the web (pun intended). It’s a relatively unexplored arena on the big screen, and it gives Parker plenty of room to grow into whatever his Avengers role eventually becomes. Plus (and this is very important to Marvel and Sony), this will allow Spider-Man to be played by the same actors for the next 15-20 years. Peter Parker’s already been played by two actors within the same decade, and it’s unlikely that Sony wants to repeat that mistake.
“It will not be an origin story,“ Feige flat-out said, no doubt to the collective sigh of relief from fans. “But, with great power comes great responsibility. It is inherent to who his character is. But we want to reveal it in different ways and spend much more time focusing on this young high school kid in the MCU dealing with his powers.”It’s important to note that while Feige did say it wouldn’t be an origin story, he did also mention his past could be revealed in different ways. In other words, don’t expect to get little to no real introduction to the character. It’s very possible that in the first standalone Spidey-flick we’ll get some glimpses into his past. Who knows, we may be treated to an origin story akin to what Marvel did with The Incredible Hulk, where they told the origin in an opening credits sequence. They may even show series of flashbacks throughout the first film, and how they relate to the character now (a la the more recent Daredevil television series). But if this won’t be an origin story for Peter Parker, exactly how long has he had his powers in the Marvel world?
“There is a young kid [already] running around New York City in a homemade version of the Spider-Man costume in the MCU, you just don’t know it yet.”That does nothing to explain what Spider-Man could’ve possibly been doing during the first Avengers movie, or even the upcoming Avengers: Age of Ultron. But we’ll just have to trust that Marvel will come up with a great reason. Let’s just hope that when it’s revealed, that it’ll be enough to buy over hardcore fans.