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Jon Watts sets the record straight on how old new Spider-Man will be in MCU

09.21.2015

There's been a lot of speculative wonder about how old the new Spider-Man is going to be once he's re-introduced, this time as a part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe in CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR. However, some of it has been concerningly obsessive, as if one year on the calendar in one direction or another is going to somehow greatly impact who Peter Parker is in this version.

We already know that Tom Holland's take on the character will be firmly entrenched in his high school years, so does it really matter all that much if he's 16 or 17? Granted, if you've got money on it as part of some strange "Pick Spider-Man's Age in the MCU" pool, then, by all means, care away. But for the rest of us, it just seems like another one of those inconsequential details people care far too much about.

Luckily director Jon Watts has finally spoken out and set the record straight on what age 19-year-old Tom Holland will have to pretend to be as he puts on the Spidey suit.

I love the idea of making a coming-of-age high-school movie. We’re really going to see Peter Parker in high school and get deeper into that side of it. He’s just 15 now.

There you go. Now you can throw imaginary Spider-Man the right numbered birthday next year and we can move onto the next thing that is sure to bug the shit out of you until you have answers, like whether the suit will have blue or black to go along with the standard red. Uh oh... Did I just start another fight? Have at it, if you must. I've got other battles far more entertaining to keep an eye on.

The new solo Spider-Man film is set to swing into theaters on July 28, 2017.

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9:17AM on 09/23/2015
I think it's becoming quite ridiculous that people react negatively of this Peter Parker still new to being a superhero when before that they're pushing for Miles Morales, a relatively new character who is younger, also still in highschool, and an even more of a rookie in the superhero game.
The new Spider-Man can be a highschooler and still have his Bugle connection. Ultimate Spider-Man had Peter Parker worked part time in the Daily Bugle as a web designer, which is a hell of a lot more
I think it's becoming quite ridiculous that people react negatively of this Peter Parker still new to being a superhero when before that they're pushing for Miles Morales, a relatively new character who is younger, also still in highschool, and an even more of a rookie in the superhero game.
The new Spider-Man can be a highschooler and still have his Bugle connection. Ultimate Spider-Man had Peter Parker worked part time in the Daily Bugle as a web designer, which is a hell of a lot more believable than interning in a huge pharmaceutical company where he can break in to labs and shit without noticed by security.
Also since someone mentioned it, Amazing Spider-Man was not even remotely based on Ultimate Spider-Man.
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12:32PM on 09/22/2015

Ugh, nobody wants a coming of age story with Spider-Man

We want Peter Parker working for the Daily Bugle. We want nothing to do with the Ultimate Universe they keep shoving down our throats. We want Peter to be a superhero FIRST and student second. Sony is forcing this bullshit of a younger Spider-Man when the younger they get, the worse the movies turn out. I am sure he will be fine in his 5 minutes of screen time in Cap 3. but other than that, Marvel is trying to save a sinking ship already.
We want Peter Parker working for the Daily Bugle. We want nothing to do with the Ultimate Universe they keep shoving down our throats. We want Peter to be a superhero FIRST and student second. Sony is forcing this bullshit of a younger Spider-Man when the younger they get, the worse the movies turn out. I am sure he will be fine in his 5 minutes of screen time in Cap 3. but other than that, Marvel is trying to save a sinking ship already.
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7:23AM on 09/22/2015
I'm all for a proper high school Spidey. Let's face it, the first three films had him in high school, for what, 5 minutes? The second set of two movies had him in high school for both movies but didn't really focus on that aspect of it (I mean, Maguire seemed to player a better high school kid than Garfield). On the practical side of it, having a new on the block Spidey explains why no one has heard of him yet. I mean come on, what explanation can they come up with having a battle hardened
I'm all for a proper high school Spidey. Let's face it, the first three films had him in high school, for what, 5 minutes? The second set of two movies had him in high school for both movies but didn't really focus on that aspect of it (I mean, Maguire seemed to player a better high school kid than Garfield). On the practical side of it, having a new on the block Spidey explains why no one has heard of him yet. I mean come on, what explanation can they come up with having a battle hardened publically known street superhero who's gets a constant barrage of negative tabloid publicity...never before having been mentioned in the MCU? Ant-Man, in this world was a spy or worked in secret...Daredevil works in the shadows but is only now coming to the publics attention...Strange uses the mystic force (or whatever it is he uses) to keep himself out of the public eye. Spider-man? No, it's better this way. Plus, you have the whole kid with superpowers angle to work with - what do you do with people like this? They're not trained soldiers. They don't know how to limit damage caused from their public fights (not that any superhero does - something I hope Civil War will explore properly). There's a lot to work with here.
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9:09AM on 09/22/2015
I agree, but I'm not sure he has to be BRAND NEW to being a superhero. He could be relatively new to being a hero, like within the last year. And Civil War is his first taste of big action, before he was just stopping convenience store thefts or something. He shows up in NYC to help out and gets indoctrinated into the MCU. For his first movie, it picks up after Civil War and he's pitted against his first big bad, whomever they might choose for that movie.
I agree, but I'm not sure he has to be BRAND NEW to being a superhero. He could be relatively new to being a hero, like within the last year. And Civil War is his first taste of big action, before he was just stopping convenience store thefts or something. He shows up in NYC to help out and gets indoctrinated into the MCU. For his first movie, it picks up after Civil War and he's pitted against his first big bad, whomever they might choose for that movie.
5:29AM on 09/22/2015
Spider-Man - Peter was in high school
Amazing Spider-Man - Pete was in high school
New Spider-Man reboot - "We will make it different this time and put him in high school!"

Am I missing something here? How is him being in school again any different than the other two first Spider-Man movies?
Spider-Man - Peter was in high school
Amazing Spider-Man - Pete was in high school
New Spider-Man reboot - "We will make it different this time and put him in high school!"

Am I missing something here? How is him being in school again any different than the other two first Spider-Man movies?
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10:44AM on 09/22/2015
Well he is now actually being portrayed by a teenager.
Well he is now actually being portrayed by a teenager.
9:45PM on 09/21/2015
As excited I am to see a new version of Peter Parker/Spider-Man, I was kind of hoping we would already see a battle torn Spider Man and having Peter Parker already established at the Daily Bugle during college.

I can understand why Marvel is going the young route, but I just feel like by doing so their limiting themselves somehow on what they can actually do. But I'm sure I'll be eating my words once Civil War/first Spider Man film comes out.
As excited I am to see a new version of Peter Parker/Spider-Man, I was kind of hoping we would already see a battle torn Spider Man and having Peter Parker already established at the Daily Bugle during college.

I can understand why Marvel is going the young route, but I just feel like by doing so their limiting themselves somehow on what they can actually do. But I'm sure I'll be eating my words once Civil War/first Spider Man film comes out.
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9:05AM on 09/22/2015
Not sure why you'd expect that. Since the day they announced this Spiderman reboot, Sony/Marvel and writers have maintained that Spiderman would be in high school as the story will be drawing inspiration from John Hughes flicks about growing up.

They can still have Peter at the Daily Bugle and everything. Keep in mind, Peter was always freelance at the Bugle, he only gets paid for what he brings in for print. So they can play up that connection to the Bugle while in high school. Here's
Not sure why you'd expect that. Since the day they announced this Spiderman reboot, Sony/Marvel and writers have maintained that Spiderman would be in high school as the story will be drawing inspiration from John Hughes flicks about growing up.

They can still have Peter at the Daily Bugle and everything. Keep in mind, Peter was always freelance at the Bugle, he only gets paid for what he brings in for print. So they can play up that connection to the Bugle while in high school. Here's hoping Sony is smart enough to have JK Simmons reprise his role as JJ Jameson.
9:39PM on 09/21/2015
Doesn't come as a surprise considering that the MCU are mostly based on the Ultimate Marvel universe, and this version of Spider-Man is clearly going to take a lot of its inspiration from the Ultimate Spider-Man comic books. Which was quite good, by the way.
Doesn't come as a surprise considering that the MCU are mostly based on the Ultimate Marvel universe, and this version of Spider-Man is clearly going to take a lot of its inspiration from the Ultimate Spider-Man comic books. Which was quite good, by the way.
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11:54PM on 09/21/2015
I completely agree. I was just about to post something similar
I completely agree. I was just about to post something similar
12:36PM on 09/22/2015
Ugh, you do realize the last Amazing Spider-Man movies were based on Ultimate Spider-Man, right? They just changed the name to Amazing because there was a Marvel Ultimate Spiderman cartoon running.

So you are saying you want more of the shitty villains from the ultimate universe? Kid Goblin? Giamatti Rhino? Blue Electro who is upset because he wants attention?

I will take Raimi's villains (from the classic Spider-Man series) over the last 6 villains we got in the past two movies.
Ugh, you do realize the last Amazing Spider-Man movies were based on Ultimate Spider-Man, right? They just changed the name to Amazing because there was a Marvel Ultimate Spiderman cartoon running.

So you are saying you want more of the shitty villains from the ultimate universe? Kid Goblin? Giamatti Rhino? Blue Electro who is upset because he wants attention?

I will take Raimi's villains (from the classic Spider-Man series) over the last 6 villains we got in the past two movies.
8:58AM on 09/23/2015
@MechaKacho Umm nope, Amazing Spider-Man wasn't really based on anything from Ultimate Spider-Man. USM's Peter Parker is still an awkward brainy teenager instead of an emo skater. Rhino is still a guy in a Rhino suit instead of Paul Giamatti in a walking tank. Electro doesn't have blue skin (though he is bald), Norman Osborn as the Green Goblin looks more like a muscular ogre than Dane DeHaan with bad teeth on a bad hair day. Dude, have you even read the comic book yet?
@MechaKacho Umm nope, Amazing Spider-Man wasn't really based on anything from Ultimate Spider-Man. USM's Peter Parker is still an awkward brainy teenager instead of an emo skater. Rhino is still a guy in a Rhino suit instead of Paul Giamatti in a walking tank. Electro doesn't have blue skin (though he is bald), Norman Osborn as the Green Goblin looks more like a muscular ogre than Dane DeHaan with bad teeth on a bad hair day. Dude, have you even read the comic book yet?
6:12PM on 09/21/2015
There is not much of an issue here. Yes, 15 is about the age he had in his origin story and since high school is an integral part of his origin, you can't really make him older and not explain why no one heard of him until now.

As for the costume, people don't always realize that his first costume had no blue on it - blue you see is only shading - so red and black would actually be faithful.
There is not much of an issue here. Yes, 15 is about the age he had in his origin story and since high school is an integral part of his origin, you can't really make him older and not explain why no one heard of him until now.

As for the costume, people don't always realize that his first costume had no blue on it - blue you see is only shading - so red and black would actually be faithful.
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5:39PM on 09/21/2015
I wonder if this is part of a move to make Spiderman their new Iron Man, in terms of pushing him to the forefront and having him be the constant in the distant future of Marvel films. RDJ is about done, and with a 19 year old they can have him as Spiderman for over a decade and have him still "fit".
I wonder if this is part of a move to make Spiderman their new Iron Man, in terms of pushing him to the forefront and having him be the constant in the distant future of Marvel films. RDJ is about done, and with a 19 year old they can have him as Spiderman for over a decade and have him still "fit".
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5:57PM on 09/21/2015
If Evans stays on, and Doctor Strange gets developed right, that could be where they're focusing. And developing out the Defenders and the Guardians.
If Evans stays on, and Doctor Strange gets developed right, that could be where they're focusing. And developing out the Defenders and the Guardians.
5:27PM on 09/21/2015
Fuckity fuck fuck piss ass shit fuck and fuck...but really, who cares
Fuckity fuck fuck piss ass shit fuck and fuck...but really, who cares
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5:44PM on 09/21/2015
Got to admit, that made me laugh.
Got to admit, that made me laugh.
5:16PM on 09/21/2015

fucking 15?

fucking fifteen man wha the fuck does a fifteen fucking year old american know? fuck all that's what especially a science nerd, which i assume he'll be? yeah man's gonna look badass...
fucking fifteen man wha the fuck does a fifteen fucking year old american know? fuck all that's what especially a science nerd, which i assume he'll be? yeah man's gonna look badass...
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