When we finally got our first look at the big-screen, larger-than-life Spider-Man (Tom Holland) in the recent trailer for Captain America: Civil War, it's safe to say that this appearance was a polarizing one. As perhaps is his appearance in the film in the first place.
[Captain America: Civil War](tag:994409) is indeed an ambitious MCU movie. Featuring a ton of characters and multiple overlapping narratives, you'd be forgiven for being a little skeptical about how they could pull it off.
The inclusion of Spider-Man in the MCU happened after last year's rights deal between Sony and Marvel Studios/Disney was struck, and the fact that Civil War is the film in which he will make his debut has raised some concerns in the fanbase.
But we have faith in directors Anthony and Joe Russo, the duo who brought us one of the most critically acclaimed films in the MCU: [Captain America: The Winter Soldier](tag:254973). During a recent interview with Forbes they opened up about how Spider-Man will fit into the MCU, saying that they always intended to include him in the upcoming movie.
Joe Russo: "We always intended to [include Spider-Man]. He was my favorite character growing up, I still have my collection of comics in my closet so it was a dream come true for us to be able to have Spidey in the movie and interpret him as a character so we couldn’t be more excited and we wanted to share that with everybody else."
Anthony Russo went on to explain that the inclusion of Spider-Man in Civil War wasn't just something tacked on after the rights deal was struck, but rather a concept which had been in the works for a long time.
He explains that the deal struck was a very complicated process that was in the works for much longer than Marvel let on, presumably in case it fell through and left fans disappointed:
Anthony Russo: "We were very quiet about Spider-Man’s involvement in the movie for much longer than we would have been. We were artificially silent on the character because it was such a sensitive business deal still being worked out even while we were shooting."
And we shouldn't be worried about Tom Holland either, as Anthony Russo reveals that the casting process for the MCU Spidey was an intense and thorough one, involving not just Holland but several other young actors screen testing vigorously with Chris Evans (Captain America) and Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man) as well as other actors.
Anthony Russo goes on to explain that the reason for the intense screen testing was because, to both of the Russo brothers, Spider-Man is a very important part of the movie. The trailer reveal came not as a way of saying, "Hey look, we've got Spider-Man!" but rather because they finally felt the character was secure enough within the framework of the movie to be presented to the public, even in such a contained way:
Joe Russo: "We thought [the trailer] was a great way to reveal him. I think people are going to be happy with him in the movie, he’s got a very interesting role in it."
But despite how compelling and vital his role in Civil War is, we're still not holding our breath for seeing a whole lot of him, especially in relation to his comic book counterpart who has an incredibly important role in the conflict.
But at least we know now that Holland will have more than a cameo, and that the Russos are confident that he is deserving of his place in the movie. And if you're still concerned about that Spidey suit, click on over here for the breakdown.