The new Spider-Man will be a “15 or 16-year-old Peter Parker”, Marvel’s President Kevin Feige has confirmed.
Following a landmark deal made between Sony Pictures and Marvel in February, Spider-Man’s next big screen appearance will be in an upcoming Marvel film. Which one has yet to be announced, but it is widely expected that the new Spider-Man will make his screen debut in May 2017’s Captain America: Civil War.
The webslinger will then star in the next instalment in Sony’s Spider-Man series, which is set for release on July 28, 2017. For the first time, Marvel’s president Kevin Feige will serve as a producer on one of Sony’s Spider-Man films, working alongside Sony’s Amy Pascal, a veteran of the studio’s Spider-Man movies.
“In terms of the age of an actor we’ll eventually to cast, I don’t know. In terms of the age of what we believe Peter Parker is, I’d say 15-16 is right,” Feige revealed in a new interview with Collider.
Explaining why Marvel and Sony are keen to introduce a version of the webslinger younger than those played by Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield, Feige said: “We want to play with Spider-Man in the high school years because frankly there’ve been five Spider-Man films and the amazing thing about it is, even though there’ve been five Spider-Man films, there are so many things from the comics that haven’t been done yet. Not just characters or villains or supporting characters, but sides to his character.
Feige continued: “The most obvious being the ‘young, doesn’t quite fit in’ kid before his powers, and then the fella that puts on a mask and swings around and fights bad guys and doesn’t shut up, which is something we want to play with and we’re excited about.”