Breaking news from the Marvel press tour: Marvel President Kevin Feige says the alter-ego of Marvel Cinematic Universe’s new Spider-Man will definitely be Peter Parker, not Miles Morales or another character from another Marvel universe. Some fans have been hoping to see a new face behind the mask while some would rather stick with tradition despite so many recent incarnations of the same Spidey story. But anyone who knows the Civil War storyline from the comics — which will be planted in little seedlings in the upcoming Avengers: Age of Ultron — knows this Spidey will have to be Peter Parker.
No hints were dropped regarding who will play Peter, but Feige did specify an age, and Parker will be heading back to high school. Again.
“In terms of the age of an actor we’ll eventually to cast, I don’t know,” Feige said. “In terms of the age of what we believe Peter Parker is, I’d say 15-16 is right.”
So, they’re going young. Poor Peter. For such a smart, super science genius, he sure has to repeat high school a lot. And for a teenager, the Civil War seems like quite a bit to handle, especially if we have to watch Uncle Ben die a third time. The movie version of Peter Parker is officially the woman from that “White Bear” episode of Black Mirror who has to relive a spate of terror as a punishment for her crimes. Who did Peter mouth off to, anyway? Does J. Jonah Jameson wield that much power?
Repetitiveness aside, there is a lingering question about what kind of actor will play Peter Parker. Fans who were hoping for Miles Morales to don the Spidey suit were longing to see a non-white face behind the mask. But considering how many times Marvel has changed the race of its very established characters in movies (see: Nick Fury and Heimdall), maybe it’s wrong to assume that Peter Parker has to be a white guy. He’s from Queens, after all. Tons of guys there who aren’t white! But as was mentioned, no casting hints were given, though one young, white actor has already auditioned, if rumors can be believed.
We’ll get our first glimpse at the new Spider-Man in Captain America: Civil War, our first post-Avengers: Age of Ultron Marvel movie and the first entry into Phase 3. Spidey’s solo flick is due July 28, 2017.