WARNING: Spoilers for the Civil War comic and, by extension, possible spoilers for the Civil War film (though not likely) are contained in the article below.
"GET ME PICTURES OF SPIDER-MAN!"
These are words commonly shouted by the Daily Bugle's editor-in-chief, but also by fans clamoring for their first look at the new cinematic wall crawler ever since it was announced that he would be joining the MCU and making his first appearance in Captain America: Civil War.
When it was first announced that the third Captain America film — from returning Winter Soldier directors Joe and Anthony Russo — was going to be based on the popular Civil War story, fans were disappointed (to say the least) that it would not be including Spider-Man due to the theatrical license rights being held by Sony (vs. the MCU belonging to the House of Mouse, Disney).
However, when The Amazing Spider-Man 2 failed to deliver both critically, commercially, and with fans, Sony and Disney struck the mightiest of deals that would allow Spider-Man to interact with the Avengers-based characters and vice versa.
Rejoice. As news of the deal broke, attention was quickly turned to whether or not our friendly neighborhood Spider-Man would make it into Civil War, in any capacity, to interact with Cap, Iron Man and the other returning Avengers.
So, as the latest trailer for Captain America: Civil War hit the Internet, imagine the outpouring of joy when fans were finally treated to its closing scene.
The Internet pretty much exploded at the first sight of the MCU's new version of Spider-Man (take that Kim Kardashian!) being played by actor Tom Holland. So, why is this important? Well, aside from the obvious fact that it means Spider-Man (Marvel's most recognized superhero) is finally swinging around the MCU and set to become the new flagship character as the original big three franchises reach their end?
This is big news because it's bringing Spider-Man into the Civil War film to fulfill his rather important role to the story. But are we getting the same story and will it have the same dramatic effect?
Let's take a look at what happened in the comics.
Spider-Man In 'Civil War'
The Civil War comic was written by Mark Millar and illustrated by Steve McNiven and was published by Marvel Comics between 2006 and 2007. It dealt with the fallout of a superhero registration act that was implemented after a battle between a less than experienced super team and one of their villains resulted in excessive collateral damage. Iron Man sided with the pro-registration side while Captain America lead the anti-registration side, believing that heroes and their personal lives needed to be protected.
In the middle was recently added the web-slinging Avenger, Spider-Man. Originally siding with Tony Stark and the pro side, Spider-Man reluctantly revealed his identity to the public. As a result, his world was turned upside down. He was sued by the Daily Bugle and his family was no longer safe.
This was a huge turning point in the Spider-Man storyline that had repercussions all the way up to his franchise reboot with the Brand New Day story years later.
Is This What We'll Get In The Movie?
Not too likely.
While it's hard to say what we'll see exactly in the film, it's a safe bet that it won't be the life changing events for Peter Parker that we get in the comic. You see, Spider-Man's appearance in the Civil War film marks his first official appearance in the MCU. While he's not getting the traditional origin story, it's still the first time we are seeing him in this continuity.
While his participation in the comic story was ground breaking and emotional, it was based around the fact that he was an established hero with a lot to lose as a result of his decision to go public. It's less than likely that Tony will force that situation on him when he hasn't even begun his own solo franchise yet. If he does, it will play out differently and won't have the same dramatic effect.
More than likely, what we're getting with Spider-Man in the film is probably a brief (albeit spectacular) couple of scenes akin to Quicksilver's role in X-Men: Days Of Future Past. Short but memorable and establishing a character. The reason I believe that's all we're going to get is that there was still a lot of red tape to go through with the Sony deal before we could get Spider-Man into the franchise. The script writing process was already well under way with Black Panther having already been added to the roundup (presumably in the significantly larger role that Spider-Man played in the comic).
So, while it's going to be awesome to see Spider-Man make his grand debut in the MCU with Civil War, don't expect it to have the same punch to gut that his role in the comic story had. However, regardless of that, I'm sure it's still going to be great and will only serve to add heightened excitement to what is sure to be Spidey's best solo adventure to date.
What do you think? Will Spider-Man's appearance in the Civil War movie rival the dramatic effects of his role in the comic? Feel free to discuss below and don't forget to follow me on Twitter (@ThisIsJamesT) for all things rant and ravey.
And if you haven't checked it out yet, or want to see it again, watch the trailer for Captain America: Civil War below.