Spider-Man is going back to school... once again. When Spider-Man is introduced in Captain America: Civil War, he will be Peter Parker -- and Peter Parker will be in high school, Marvel's Kevin Feige confirmed to Collider in a video interview during the press tour for Avengers: Age of Ultron. But Marvel also won't be ruling out an non-white Peter Parker.
“In terms of the age of an actor we’ll eventually 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 says.
Feige also added: "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."
"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."
This validates the reports that he would be younger and in high school. Feige also said that the teenage aspect to Peter Parker as Spider-Man will be a good contrast with the adult nature of all of the other current Marvel cinematic heroes.
“Some of my favorite Spider-Man arcs and Spider-Man stories, he’s in high school for a lot of it,” said the Marvel Studios President. “We want to explore that. That also makes him very, very different from any of our other characters in the MCU, which is something else we want to explore: how unique he is when now put against all these other characters.”
Also in another interview this weekend with MTV Kevin Feige expressed a hope that they will eventually get to use Miles Morales onscreen, and said they're casting a very wide net for Peter Parker, so that it's more important he be the right age than necessarily be white.
"Miles, I think, is awesome," Feige said. "I think there are opportunities for him for sure if this all works and continues."
"The field is very wide right now in terms of who we're looking at within a certain age range."
In addition to all this Kevin Feige also spoke about Spider-Man being introduced into the Marvel cinematic universe with Crave Online.
When the costume was brought up, Feige said Marvel already know which Spidey look they are going with. "We’ve already designed the costume, which is different than any of the ones that have come before," Feige revealed to Crave Online. "And yet ours is classic Spidey, as I think you’ll see.”
Since the fans have already seen an origin story with Raimi and Webb's Spider-Man films it is a big relief to know that Marvel won't go down that same path.
“It will not be an origin story,“ Feige stated. “But, with great power comes great responsibility. It is inherent to who his character is. But we want to reveal it in different ways and spend much more time focusing on this young high school kid in the MCU dealing with his powers.”
The new Spider-Man is expected to debut in Captain America: Civil War. And Marvel and Sony's new solo Spider-Man film will arrive July 28, 2017.