Kevin Feige Talks In Detail About Bringing SPIDER-MAN Home And The Spectacular Abilities Of Tom Holland

In an insightful new interview, Feige spills the beans on how he brought Spider-Man back to Marvel and reveals how Tom Holland landed the role and the part he plays in Captain America: Civil War...

We've brought you a few other excerpts from Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige's interview with Deadline, and the latest revolves around Spider-Man's Marvel Cinematic Universe debut in Captain America: Civil War. Asked by the trade to take them behind the scenes of the deal which brought the wall-crawler into that world and resulted in a pretty historic deal between Disney and Sony Pictures, the producer shed some light on how and when the whole thing ended up falling into place. 
 
"It came down to an initial lunch between myself and Amy Pascal and then many subsequent phone calls and meetings where I basically suggested that they should allow us to creatively produce the film for them. I don’t know how serious any of those ticking clocks ever were. On some characters, that was the case, with Spider-Man there were many years in between those films and I don’t think that was ever the case. They had all the time in the world to keep making those movies. It became a question of…we are not good at helping, just occasionally giving input or occasional feedback or comments in a screening or on a script. I had done that a little bit on the earlier Amazing Spider-Man films. It doesn’t really work because you become one voice among many.

I said the only way, the best way that we could help is if you let us do it for you. It stays a Sony character and Sony pays for it and Sony makes the profits from the film and it is marketed and distributed by the entire Sony team. That deal was agreed to, over many discussions. Thankfully, it’s now been well over a year and step one in our two-step plan is unveiled this weekend. So far, the response has been a dream come true in introducing him. Instead of it being the third reboot of the Spider-Man character, it becomes the first version of the Spider-Man character that we reveal has been inside the MCU. To Amy’s credit and to Tom Rothman, who now has been at the helm at Sony as we’ve been actively putting it all together, their support has been spectacular in allowing us to bring him into this world."
 
Feige then went on to talk about why they cast a younger Spider-Man, and while some fans are disappointed that we're seeing yet another teenage version of the character, but the producer found a way to justify that and explained how this Peter Parker will differ to those played by Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield (both of whom started off in high school, but spent no real time there). "The biggest challenge of course was finding a Spider-Man. Our angle on the character was to make him younger because in our favorite comics, he is young. He is not graduating, he is just starting high school. He is young. That’s what makes him interesting as a superhero, particularly in the MCU. It’s what makes him so different than all the other heroes. So we really wanted him to be an amazing counterpoint to the other Avengers, which of course is what he was and why he pops so much when he was introduced in the comics in the early ’60s." Finally, Feige shed some light on casting Tom Holland.
 
"His presence in Civil War was meant to be the counterpoint. The other heroes have a lot of history together. They have a lot of angst, they have a lot of geopolitical issues that they’re dealing with, and it’s heavy. This kid basically feels like he hit the jackpot. The most famous man in the world, Tony Stark, asks him to go to Germany and participate with the Avengers and he loves every minute of it. That’s fun. That’s who Spider-Man is, and we can and will do much more of this in Spider-Man: Homecoming. You saw it in the comics; he constantly talks. In Civil War he goes up against Falcon and at one point Falcon says, “I don’t know if you’ve been in a fight before, but there’s usually not this much talking.” That’s Spider-Man to us. That’s what we love. Tom Holland, God bless him, is that in real life. This amazing young English actor who was brought over here, got into our audition process and suddenly found himself in a room, doing a scene with Robert Downey. I swear it, the exact dynamic that we wanted between Peter Parker and Tony Stark, we had between Tom Holland and Robert Downey Jr."

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