In two new interviews, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige has confirmed that Spider-Man will be a high school-aged Peter Parker in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) and the movie will not re-tell his origin story.
Ever since the announcement that Spider-Man is joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it’s been rumored that comic book character Miles Morales, a teenager of Black Hispanic descent, could be the next Spider-Man. Kevin Feige shoots down the rumor in a recent interview with Collider.
"In terms of the age of an actor we’ll eventually cast, I don’t know,” Feige admits. “In terms of the age of what we believe Peter Parker is, I’d say 15-16 is right… [S]ome of my favorite Spider-Man arcs and Spider-Man stories, he’s in high school for a lot of it. 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."
For fans, the only downside of the web-slinger joining the MCU was the thought of a third big-screen re-telling of Spider-Man’s origin story. Kevin Feige addressed the concern in a recent interview with CraveOnline.
"There is a young kid [already] running around New York City in a homemade version of the Spider-Man costume in the MCU,” says Feige. “You just don’t know it yet… In Spider-Man’s very specific case, where there have been two retellings of that origin in the last whatever it’s been – [thirteen] years – for us we are going to take it for granted that people know that, and the specifics."
"We’ve already designed the costume,” Feige teases, “which is different than any of the ones that have come before. And yet ours is classic Spidey, as I think you’ll see."
Marvel’s Spider-Man is set for release on July 28, 2017 in conventional theaters, 3D and IMAX.