Without a doubt, one of the most eagerly anticipated moments in the latest Captain America: Civil War trailer was the first Marvel Cinematic Universe appearance of Tom Holland’s Spider-Man. Fans had been waiting to lay eyes on the wall-crawler ever since it was announced the beloved character would appear in Cap’s (Chris Evans) third not-so-solo movie.
After Spidey's cool entrance in the last few seconds of the trailer, fans have been very vocal about their feelings regarding his overall appearance, and the reactions have been mixed. One of the complaints was that the costume didn’t look finished, and you’d be right about that. Here’s what the Russo Brothers told Forbes:
JR: 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. 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.
AR: 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.
JR: And there is still effects work that needs to be done on it.
The filmmaking duo, who say it’s still to be determined whether Peter Parker will be involved in the events of Avengers: Infinity War (how could he NOT, though?), revealed that if indeed Spidey joins the fight against Thanos (Josh Brolin), his costume’s appearance will probably evolve.
JR: Without question. 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?
As to why viewers should give the third Spidey incarnation in 14 years (the character was played byTobey Maguire in 2002’s Spider-Man and its two sequels, while Andrew Garfield played him in 2012’s The Amazing Spider-Man and its 2014 sequel) another chance -- and what were the pros and cons of this -- Joe Russo said:
JR: There are pros and cons without question; there is the fatigue factor that comes with it. I’m a skeptical fan and I would look at the multiple version and I would even go, ‘Guys, give me a break. Let me wash my palette clean of whatever the last interpretation was because you’re exhausting me!’ However, there are a couple of key factors here. One of them is that he’s back in the Marvel Universe, he’s interacting with characters that you’ve never seen him interact before, it’s actually a young actor playing the part which is a new interpretation of the character and that’s what I remember about the character when I was a kid. The cons are obviously fatigue but the pros are that it could potentially be a really invigorating piece of story telling and a catalyzing interpretation of the character. At the end of the day, the purpose here is to deliver a Spider-Man that people will **** themselves over.
You know what they say: Third time’s the charm! As for the casting of Tom Holland and the role Spidey will play in Civil War, here’s what Anthony Russo said:
AR: 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.
AR: 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.
What did you think of Spider-Man’s costume? Are you excited to see the MCU’s take on the beloved superhero?