For most up-and-coming young directors, being handed the keys to a huge movie about an iconic character whose image desperately needs rehabilitated would be daunting enough. Being told that the studio would really like you to give it the same vibe as the classic movies of a legendary director would just add to that.
But recently-appointed Spider-Man director Jon Watts (Clown, Cop Car) relishes the challenge, as he explained in an interview with Daily Beast:
The thing that everyone keeps saying is that it’s sort of like the John Hughes version of Spider-Man, which I think is a really cool take on it. He’s in high school, and the questions that that raises I think we haven’t explored as much as we can. In the comics so much of it was about him juggling his high school life and trying to be a superhero. I think there’s a lot to do there.
In the same interview, Watts, who watched the original Sam Raimi Spider-Man being filmed from his dorm room, gushed about it being given the opportunity of a lifetime:
I still don’t quite believe it. I’m still waiting for someone to tell me it was all a prank. I’m really not sure what I did to get the job, but I’m happy that whatever I did worked.
While I admit to being a little nervous about letting a relatively inexperienced director handle the task of making a movie about our beloved Spider-Man, I just look to what James Gunn did when he jumped from making indie films to being given free rein on Guardians of the Galaxy (which has since become what I think is the best Marvel movie so far). Marvel knows what it's doing when it comes to putting the right people in the right positions, and I have complete faith they've made a great choice here.
Spider-Man makes his debut in next May's [Captain America: Civil War](tag:994409) and will be in his own film on July 28, 2017.