Remember back when us Marvel fans were all on tenterhooks, waiting for the next [Captain America: Civil War](tag:994409) trailer to drop? Because even if you weren't anxiously awaiting the May Civil War premiere date, chances are you were pretty excited to see the first on-screen appearance of our very first Marvel Cinematic Universe Spider-Man, portrayed by 19-year old Tom Holland.
But when it happened, when we finally saw our MCU Spidey on screen, opinions were divided. Chances are you either thought Spider-Man looked like a bit of a blurry CGI mess, or you were ecstatic to see the various nods to the comic book Spider-Man suit; the Silver Age homage as a blending of the Steve Ditko, Todd McFarlane, and John Romita Sr. designs.
Forbes caught up with [Captain America: The Winter Soldier](tag:254973) and Civil War directors Anthony and Joe Russo (popularly known as the Russo Brothers) in an extensive interview shortly after the new trailer landed; and of course the issue of Spider-Man's first MCU appearance was touched on during the conversation, with Joe Russo saying that the design "is what it is":
Joe Russo: "The design of the costume is what it is. That’s the design that we love, it’s the design that Kevin Feige loves and so on. [Spider-Man] is a very popular character so it’s always going to be controversial, people are always going to love or hate what you do with him, but all we can do is make sure that we love it, that we are true to ourselves and true to how we feel about the character and then hope that everybody else digs it."
They're not wrong: Spider-Man is a hugely popular character and always has been, ever since his introduction by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko back in the 1960s. This is partly due to his age, being the first teenage superhero to really take off as a hero in his own right, and the extent to which comic readers could relate to him (which is why we think Tom Holland might just be the best Spider-Man yet).
Odds are even if you're a casual Marvel fan you'll probably be pretty invested in the character of Spider-Man (especially if you grew up in the '90s watching the Spider-Man animated series), and he means something different to everyone. So it's unlikely that the filmmakers are going to be able to please everyone; from the old-school Ditko fans to the modern Tobey Maguire/Andrew Garfield lovers, and those of us who were holding out hope for a Civil War proper Iron Spider.
The Russos are well aware of this, with Anthony Russo saying that the tiny peek at Spider-Man we got in the Civil War trailer is only just the beginning, designed to get audience concerns out of the way early:
Anthony Russo: "We gave such a small impression of the character in that trailer, it’s something of a Rorschach test where people can pour as much of their Spidey anxieties out but when they see the movie they are going to get a very big picture of a very complete character that they have never seen before."
The thing is, we have the utmost faith in the Russo Brothers. Not only did they bring us one of the best-received films in the MCU in the form of the brilliant The Winter Soldier, but such is the faith of the studio in them that they were put on the roster to helm the massive cinematic universe centerpiece that is the Infinity War two-parter after only delivering one film. Take that, Joss Whedon.
So even if Spider-Man didn't blow your mind in the few seconds we saw of him in the trailer, don't lose hope just yet, as the Russos say we have barely begun to scratch the surface of the new character:
Anthony Russo: "It’s kind of hard to react to people’s reactions but they will change radically when they see the movie."
Joe Russo: "And there is still effects work that needs to be done on [the Spider-Man suit]."
For a further breakdown of Tom Holland's Spider-Man suit you can check out our handy guide here.
'Captain America: Civil War' hits theaters on May 6. See Tom Holland in action as Spider-Man in the trailer below!