Kevin Feige, President of Marvel Studios recently answered a few questions in an interview with IGN regarding Marvel’s multiple plans to bring Spider-Man back to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Feige fielded questions about the web slingers return to the MCU during a recent promotion for the Avengers: Age of Ultron Blu Ray release (release date is October 2nd).
Feige says that bringing Spidey back to the MCU was a dream.
“This has been a dream of ours for a long time. We always had contingency plans, which we always do anyway. Are we going to be able to make another deal with this actor? If so, we’re going to do this; if not, we’re going to do this. If we get the rights to a certain character, that’s great; we’re going to do this. If not, we’re going to do this. We always sort of operate under those various alternate timelines available and ready to shift if something happens.”
Captain America: Civil War is Marvel Studio’s next theatrical release with a May 6, 2016 release but the agreement between Marvel and Sony for the usage of Spider-Man only finalized this February.
“Making that agreement … was great, and was really amazing, and on a personal level making these movies, it means a lot because I think we can do great things with Spider-Man,” Feige said. “I think Spider-Man can serve great purpose in our universe and that’s where he belongs. That was what was unique about him in the comics was not that he was the only superhero in the world; it’s that he was a totally different kind of superhero when compared against all the other ones in the Marvel universe at the time.”
While everyone is excited for Spider-Man, Civil War is “very much Cap’s story…very much a sequel to the Winter Soldier.” Feige also credited the directors and screenwriters for keeping the balance right, with so many super heroes in a single movie.
“There were a lot of characters in The Winter Soldier, but it felt like a very singular and relatively simple thriller. Civil War follows in that same way,” Feige said. “I think that’s something [directors Joe and Anthony Russo] pride themselves on, and our screenwriters Chris Markus and Steve McFeely are excellent at giving each character just enough. They’re not full arcs for everybody; it’s just enough that their presence is felt and important, but that the very clear single story that is being told is being served at all times.”
Despite Spider-Man’s late arrival to the Civil War Party (principal photography wrapped on August 21st and actor Tom Holland was seen on set just days earlier), Feige commented that “it’s not about when you show up, it’s about what you do once you’re there…” We’re quite confident in Feige and Marvel Studio’s plans for Captain America: Civil War. Personally I think all things considered, it will be Marvel Studio’s best film to date.
Now…Where is that trailer?