New Spider-Man director speaks out on his star, Civil War and more

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Jul 29, 2015

The director assigned to the latest reboot of Spider-Man has offered up some thoughts about the project.

Marvel Studios and Sony Pictures caused a bit of a stir earlier this summer when they signed Jon Watts to direct their jointly produced Spider-Man film that's due out in 2017. With just two small features under his belt (including the upcoming Cop Car), Watts is a relatively unknown quantity -- but that didn't stop Marvel execs from pursuing him after seeing Cop Car last January at the Sundance Film Festival, as he told EW (via Coming Soon):

"(Marvel} got to see Cop Car and they really liked it...Now, I’ve got to make a slightly more expensive version. It’s an opportunity to just have a much bigger canvas instead of just scrapping together any story you can."

Watts also spoke about the casting of Tom Holland (The Impossible) as the third big-screen Spidey:

"He can be a real high school student. That’s why people love Spider-Man. He’s the most grounded, relatable of superheroes. And Tom can really do that. He captures that. And he can do a standing back-flip. He’s perfect."

Finally, Watts addressed the much-rumored (and all but confirmed) appearance of the new Spider-Man in next spring's Captain America: Civil War, and how that will play into his own Spider-Man film:

"I mean, it’s a big universe, so everyone sort of works with each other to make sure that there’s continuity and that it all fits together. It’s really exciting actually. We’re just getting started, working on the script and all that, but it’s going to be a great process."

Watts' Cop Car, a psychological thriller starring Kevin Bacon, comes out on August 7 if you want to get a look at the director's work now. Do you think Marvel made the right choice by going -- as they have in the past --with a director that didn't seem like the obvious choice?

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