Get ready to see the youngest on-screen version of the web slinger yet.
After a couple of, arguably, not very Amazing films, Spider-Man will return to the big screen for a third reboot in 2017.
Sony will still oversee this reboot, but now, Marvel Studios and new talent have been recruited to help Spidey feel fresh as he enters the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
This new talent includes reboot director Jon Watts, who, in an interview with Empire Magazine, discussed his approach to Spider-Man, which includes creating the youngest rendition of the web slinger on film yet.
Watts explained, “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.”
This is an interesting, yet not unheard of, choice for Peter’s age. The actor who will be portraying Parker, Tom Holland, is currently 19, and Hollywood generally tends to cast actors slightly older than their character’s age due to restrictions of labor for child actors.
The director also briefly discussed how he believes Holland is the right choice for 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.”
Here’s proof if you need it.
Anyway, back to Spidey’s age. Although Watts doesn’t specify, we can assume “just 15 now,” applies to Parker’s age during Captain America: Civil War, were he will first appear.
A very young Spider-Man should be refreshing and fun enough by itself, but pair him up with Tony Stark, and hopefully we’ll truly see something new (well, outside of that little kid in Iron Man 3, but we’re not counting him).
The Spider-Man reboot won’t hit theaters till July 28, 2017, but you can see him first in Captain America: Civil War on May 6, 2016.