What’s so civil about war, huh? Everybody loves your friendly neighbourhood Spider-Man, a character who as managed to survive several successively terrible movies since 2007. Everybody loves Spidey, and when the Sony deal with Marvel was made public and news broke that the webhead would be seen in Captain America: Civil War, everybody dipped into their inner J Jonah Jameson and started demanding pictures of of the webbed wonder.
And that’s just what they got, when Iron Man called in some backup in the last trailer for that film. There’s a new Spider-Man in town, with Tom Holland under the mask. And a chance for Spidey to finally be in a (hopefully) decent movie. Speaking to Forbes, directors Joe and Anthony Russo explained how Spider-Man was always meant to be a part of Civil War, even if the Marvel deal required some last minute rewrites to tweak a script that had no mention of the wallcrawler at that point.
“It was a very complicated deal that Sony had to work out with Marvel Studios and Disney in order to make that work,” Anthony Russo said.
We were very quiet about Spider-Man’s involvement in the movie for much longer than we would have been. We were artificially silent on the character because it was such a sensitive business deal still being worked out even while we were shooting.
We went through a very thorough casting process, we tested Tom Holland vigorously with Chris Evans and Robert Downey Jr, we screen tested him along with several other actors, it was a very intense part of making Captain America: Civil War because he was an important part of the movie to us. Finally it’s all secure and we’re at a place where we can present him even in just a small taste.
I’ll say this, part of the fun of Spider-Man is that this film is basically a war amongst the Avengers and Spidey does not have the baggage that all these other characters have. He enters the story after the conflict that is happening between the Avengers and that gives him a very unique place in the story.
A new Spider-Man also means a new costume, one which has the fandom mixed so far. “The design of the costume is what it is. That’s the design that we love, it’s the design that Kevin Feige loves and so on,” Joe Russo said.
He’s a very popular character so it’s always going to be controversial, people are always going to love or hate what you do with him, but all we can do is make sure that we love it, that we are true to ourselves and true to how we feel about the character and then hope that everybody else digs it. And there is still effects work that needs to be done on it.
We like making strong choices with characters so while this might be a slightly more traditional, Steve Ditko influenced suit, it is certainly in our vocabulary to develop it into something more extreme as the storytelling requires. I think there are things that people will discover when they see the film about why the suit operate the way it does, why the eyes move, all that stuff is substantiated. Everybody wants the answers yesterday but then what would be the point of seeing the movie?
“Part of issue is that we gave such a small impression of the character in that trailer, it’s something of a Rorschach test where people can pour as much of their Spidey anxieties out but when they see the movie they are going to get a very big picture of a very complete character that they have never seen before. It’s kind of hard to react to people’s reactions but they will change radically when they see the movie,” Anthony Russo added.
Not long to go now, before we can see two teams of heroes battle it out and completely mess up air travel for an entire airport when their tarmac battle ruins the runway on May 6.