After much speculation, it looks like the Marvel Cinematic Universe will finally address the elephant in the room when it comes to one of its biggest heroes. It has been a long time coming, but after being wrapped up in licensing rights limbo for years, Spider-Man is finally poised to swing his way into the MCU. The inclusion of Spidey alongside comic book staples such as the Avengers has been something fans have clamored about for a while. Also, the character’s introduction could have big implications for the MCU.
As noted in this article, your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man will make his MCU debut in the upcoming “Captain America: Civil War” before going on to anchor his own solo feature. The world-famous webslinger is set to be played by Tom Holland in what will be undoubtedly the young actor’s biggest role yet. Holland will fill the costume formerly worn by both Tobey Maguire (in director Sam Raimi’s original trilogy) and Andrew Garfield (in the most recent reboot of the character). There’s no word yet on how the character of Peter Parker will be integrated into the MCU, but given the franchise’s track record, we’re just glad to have him back in good hands.
As it begins to put all of its properties back under one roof, Marvel has been using the incredible reach of the gaming market to help get the message out regarding its mightiest heroes. The House of Ideas has been licensing a number of its major characters in an effort to appeal to wider audiences as they continue to build the MCU brand. The company has crafted a variety of licensed games that range from the fresh takes on your favorite heroes found in “Marvel Avengers Academy,” to the casual titles found at gala casino. With the latter, you can find the company’s biggest heroes such as Iron Man, Captain America and of course, Spider-Man, all used in varying ways that reflect the comic book giant’s brand of content that ranges from the cinema to its bread and butter of actual comics.
Details about the extent of Spider-Man’s involvement in “Civil War” have been few and far between, but we expect more than just a cameo for the wall-crawler in the forthcoming film. In writer Mark Millar’s original 2006 “Civil War” comic book storyline, Peter Parker finds himself caught in the middle between his allegiances to Iron Man and Captain America. Without revealing too many potential spoilers for the “Civil War” movie, let’s just say that the comic has Peter making a big announcement after which his life will never been the same.
Tom Holland dropped a major hint concerning the aforementioned announcement in a November interview with SuperheroHype. “I think one of the most interesting things about Peter Parker for us is that he’s the only person in the MCU now that has a secret identity, so we all know who everyone else is,” Holland said. “I think it’s quite interesting to go back to that hiding behind a mask.”
Holland is set to appear in Ron Howard’s new film, “In the Heart of the Sea”, opposite Chris Hemsworth (aka Thor). “Captain America: Civil War” is scheduled to hit theaters May 6, 2016 with the next Spider-Man film set for a 2017 release. Keep your eyes peeled for more details concerning the future of your favorite amazing, arachnid-powered superhero.