Bridey Heing
April 12, 2015 11:01 am

Producer and President of Marvel Studios Kevin Feige is on the press circuit for the upcoming film Avengers: Age of Ultron, but in a recent interview he dropped some major information on another Marvel project that we need to talk about right now. Spider-Man, that web-slinging, upside-down-kissing, camera-wielding superhero we all know and love, will be joining the “Marvel Cinematic Universe.” Yes, that’s right, we’ll be seeing Spidey in Marvel movies from here on in. And that’s not all we learned from Feige:

1. The new Spider-Man will be a teenager. The next Spider-Man movie will center on a teenage Peter Parker. SURPRISE. Collider’s interviewer asked right off the bat what age we should expect, and Feige confirmed that we’re looking at a high school-age Spidey. That would mean we’re getting more origin story by starting with Peter Parker, the teen turned hero, before he was bit by a radioactive spider. For Marvel’s Spider-Man, Feige is looking to start with the character at around 15 or 16 years old and move forward from there, which would give us a much wider perspective on who Spidey is. “We want to play with Spider-Man in the high school years because frankly there’ve been five Spider-Man movies and the amazing thing about it is, there are so many things from the comics that haven’t been done yet,” he explained to Collider.

2. Nerd Alert: It’s a big deal that Spidey is now part of the Marvel movie universe. Feige was able to make a deal with Sony that will grant Marvel Studios the right to use Spider-Man as a character, while Sony maintains ownership. It’s a pretty huge development, as few saw a chance that Sony would give up any stake in their own superhero character. So what does that really mean? Basically, the Spider-Man movies we know and love (and the actors featured in the films) are no longer a lock for the next film.

3. Andrew Garfield is not going to play Spider-Man. Sob. The question now is who will play Spider-Man, and that’s something that’s very much up for grabs. Andrew Garfield played the role at Sony, but Marvel is currently looking into casting a new, younger Spidey. Feige wasn’t sure on the age — obviously they can go a little older than 15 in actual age — and all we have right now are rumors. Of course, we’re totally sad that Garfield won’t be reprising the role, but we can’t wait to see who they find to take on the part!

4. We might get our first glimpse of Spider-Man before the movie comes out. So when can we expect to see Peter Parker? Marvel has announced a July 2017 release date for a Spider-Man movie, but there are some serious rumors that our beloved superhero will make his first appearance in the upcoming-and-now-filming Captain America: Civil War, in theaters next year. Bring it!

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