For months after it was announced that the third Captain America movie would indeed be [Captain America: Civil War](tag:994409) (which I called well ahead of time), fans who were familiar with the comic book arc sighed in disappointment that Spider-Man would not be appearing.
And then in the wake of Sony's nightmarish winter, a deal was put in place that found the much beloved, much maligned webhead coming home to Marvel in a joint partnership with Sony, and he was back in the movie revolving around the iconic clash between Captain America and Iron Man. However, due to the lengthy casting process to find its new Spider-Man in Tom Holland and the lateness of the decision, it was stated that he would only cameo in the film, which didn't make much sense, as, well, why use Spider-Man at all if you're not going to put him in a pivotal role? Holland flew in, shot his scenes, and flew out again despite it not - quite - adding up.
But Devin Faraci of Birth. Movies. Death. believes that we'll see more of Spider-Man than we were led to believe, according to his sources - much more. And nor will Spidey be sitting passively on the sidelines, but actively engaged in the battle and invested in the outcome, rather than a satellite to the other, bigger players.
Now, whether this will end up being true is something to be regarded with skepticism, as all rumors are. Trusted sources don't equal confirmation. But it makes sense. What fans never realize is that putting a stuntperson in a full bodysuit and mask is vastly different than the actual actor or actress putting in face time on screen. For example, when fans argued that there was no way a Spider-Man cameo at the end of [The Avengers: Age Of Ultron](tag:293035) could happen because the role hadn't yet been cast, I pointed out to them that that was the least of the reasons why we probably would not get one (which we didn't). Put a face-covering mask on anybody of a similar build and suddenly, having the role cast or Tom Holland physically on set isn't a necessity.
So it may be that Tom Holland as Peter Parker will only have a cameo or two, but the costumed Spider-Man will have a much larger role. It's easy enough for Holland to record any lines needed for the fight scenes at a later time. And it is his fight scene, Faraci's sources have informed him, that fans will be buzzing about, because it will be dorky, quippy, and unlike any superhero fight scene we've seen yet - all of which bodes well for the new direction in which Marvel is taking their live-action Spidey.
Again, take this all with a grain of salt, but at least there's evidence as to why Spider-Man having an expanded role isn't such an outlandish rumor, after all.
Captain America: Civil War is in theaters May 6th of next year.