Spider-Man director confirms the new Peter Parker's age

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Sep 22, 2015, 4:26 PM EDT

We don't know a whole lot yet about the new Spider-Man movie coming out in 2017, but the director has just confirmed how old Peter Parker will be.

Ever since Sony Pictures and Marvel Studios announced that they were joining forces to reboot Spider-Man again, Marvel made it clear that this version of the webslinger would be solidly entrenched in high school, not on the cusp of graduation like the Andrew Garfield or Tobey Maguire editions (the latter was already in college in Spider-Man 2).

So just how old will Peter Parker be? Speaking with Empire magazine while promoting his latest film, Cop Car, new Spider-Man director Jon Watts mentioned skipping the origin story and spilled Peter's age:

“There are only so many times you can kill Uncle Ben. 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."

That makes this Spider-Man the youngest screen version ever. Watts also spoke about 19-year-old Tom Holland taking over the role:

"Tom was pretty perfect. He’s very athletic. He can actually do a backflip! If he didn’t already capture the spirit of the character, with that on top the kid is Spider-Man."

Since this Spider-Man will make his debut in next May's Captain America: Civil War before headlining his own film the following year, it should be fascinating to see this very young superhero either go head to head with or stand alongside the likes of Captain America, Iron Man, Hawkeye and Black Widow, depending on which side he takes.

All will be revealed on May 6, when Captain America: Civil War comes out, and then we'll see more of Spidey (including whichever villain from his deep rogues gallery gets the nod) when the standalone film arrives on July 28, 2017. In the meantime, what do you think of the new Spidey's tender age?

(via Slashfilm/Yahoo)