Captain America: Civil War Directors Promise A More Realistic, Working Class Spider-Man

Expect a more grounded, contemporary Spider-Man in Captain America: Civil War, directors Joe and Anthony Russo tell, explaining why it was necessary to recast and reboot the character for a third time in less than 15 years.


“We took a very personal approach to the character,” says Joe Russo, who reveals that Spider-Man was always his favourite superhero as a kid. “We had thought back to the things that excited us about him as a character when we were younger, and one of the most important components of that was that he’s a high schooler burdened with incredible powers and responsibility. That really differentiates him from every other character in the Marvel universe as opposed to other superheroes.”

By which thinking, waving goodbye to Amazing Spider-Man 30-something Andrew Garfield and giving the role to the 19-year-old Tom Holland became a necessity. “The previous films had adults playing a high schooler. We wanted more of an authenticity to the casting. We were very specific about that,” says Russo.

The new “realism” will also stretch to Peter Parker’s home life. “You go look at the home that Tobey Maguire lived in in Raimi’s Spider-Man… those were very expensive homes. A character growing up with his aunt in New York, a single income family… Where would they live? What would that look like? Where could they afford to live? We asked ourselves all those questions. We try to take a very logical and realistic and naturalistic approach to the character.”

As to when we might finally see Spider-Man in a trailer or even, hell, a poster, Russo remains mum: “We really can’t comment on that,” he says.


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