Spider-Man has had a bumpy road to a successful cinematic franchise since Spider-Man 3 and then the mixed response to the Amazing Spider-Man reboot hitting theaters back in 2012. Fortunately, that's about to change: Marvel Studios is finally in charge of our favorite web-slinger. Their first step into awesomeness: successfully incorporating him into the Marvel Cinematic Universe through this year's Captain America: Civil War.
But, as it usually goes with Marvel, they are not stopping there. Marvel Studios and Sony Pictures have partnered to bring us a new Spider-Man trilogy taking place in the MCU that will give us a fresh start with the character, starting with Spider-Man: Homecoming.
As the title suggests, the film is intended to explore a facet of Peter Parker that we've rarely seen in live-action form: him going through high school. Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige previously talked about their intention of taking their time to explore the character's teenage years. Since then, it's been clear that Marvel's plan is to keep Spidey in high school for as long as possible.
Now, Kevin Feige has further explained how they are planning to treat Peter Parker's younger years. During an interview with Collider, Feige revealed some pretty interesting details of the upcoming superhero film, starting with Marvel's step-by-step plan to bring Spider-Man into the MCU:
“The first step was reintroduce a new Spider-Man into the Marvel Cinematic Universe in Civil War and have people leave the theater saying, ‘I love that Spider-Man. I wanna see more of him.’ I think that’s happened. The next step is making a great Spider-Man: Homecoming and a great film that showcases Spider-Man in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and makes everybody fall in love with him all over again.”
He then talked about their plans for possible sequels and how they want to approach them in a style similar to the Harry Potter franchise:
“Should we be able to make more after that? Sure. This is sophomore year, is the next one junior year? Is the next one senior year? Is there a summer break between each of those? I don’t know what, but it was sort of how do we do a journey for Peter not dissimilar for what the students of Hogwarts would go through each of their years, which was one of the early ideas we had for the movies.”
I am enthusiastic to know that they're approaching it like Harry Potter. Let's see these characters grow up and fulfill what, according to the comic book world, they are destined to be. Just like the Harry Potter franchise explored what it was like for kids to grow up and go to school in a world made of magic, the Spider-Man franchise will explore that from a superpowered standpoint.
I love how the Marvel Cinematic Universe has finally gotten to the state where, just like in comic books, newly-introduced characters are stepping into a world full of superheroes. This aspect can really be taken advantage of when exploring aspects such as what is a normal day at school like in this crazy world? How does a teenage superhero like Spider-Man — who has mostly been on the sidelines until now — feel about it?
Spider-Man: Homecoming is directed by Jon Watts and will hit theaters on July 7, 2017.
Do you like the approach they're taking for future sequels with them advancing a grade every year?