Kevin Feige Confirms Marvel's Spider-Man Will Be Yet Another High School Peter Parker

Monday, 13 April 2015 - 9:56AM
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Monday, 13 April 2015 - 9:56AM
Kevin Feige Confirms Marvel's Spider-Man Will Be Yet Another High School Peter Parker
In a groundbreaking, unprecedented decision, Marvel President Kevin Feige revealed this weekend that the newest iteration of Spider-Man would be Peter Parker in high school. Just like Tobey Maguire's Spider-Man. And wait, wasn't Andrew Garfield's Peter Parker in high school, too?

When discussing the casting process for the new Spider-Man with Collider, Feige casually referred to him as Peter Parker: "In terms of the age of an actor we'll eventually to cast, I don't know. In terms of the age of what we believe Peter Parker is, I'd say 15-16 is right."

Our thoughts exactly:


This is not only boring, as it's the third high school-aged Peter Parker in the last decade or so, but it's also a pretty egregious missed opportunity. I still say the best option would have been to keep Andrew Garfield, as his performance was extremely well-received and the public is generally sick of switching Spider-Mans every two minutes. But if Marvel's going to insist on re-casting, then they should at least go with Miles Morales over Peter Parker, and use this opportunity to increase diversity in their superhero movies. 

Here is Feige's rather bland justification for the decision, which does not address the Miles Morales issue:

"We want to play with Spider-Man in the high school years because frankly there've been five Spider-Man films and the amazing thing about it is, even though there've been five Spider-Man films, there are so many things from the comics that haven't been done yet. Not just characters or villains or supporting characters, but sides to his character. The most obvious being the 'young, doesn't quite fit in' kid before his powers, and then the fella that puts on a mask and swings around and fights bad guys and doesn't shut up, which is something we want to play with and we're excited about.

"I think it was midway through the first film that he graduated high school. At the beginning of the second Marc Webb film, he graduated high school. And some of my favorite Spider-Man arcs and Spider-Man stories, he's in high school for a lot of it. We want to explore that. That also makes him very, very different from any of our other characters in the MCU, which is something else we want to explore: how unique he is when now put against all these other characters."


We can at least thank our lucky stars that this won't be yet another origin story, and that the new Spider-Man films will just focus on Spider-Man as a high school superhero. Feige told Crave Online: "In Spider-Man's very specific case, where there have been two retellings of that origin in the last whatever it's been – [thirteen] years – for us we are going to take it for granted that people know that, and the specifics. 

"It will not be an origin story. But, with great power comes great responsibility. It is inherent to who his character is. But we want to reveal it in different ways and spend much more time focusing on this young high school kid in the MCU dealing with his powers.

"There is a young kid [already] running around New York City in a homemade version of the Spider-Man costume in the MCU, you just don't know it yet."


Marvel's Spider-Man reboot is set to hit theaters in July 2017, with Drew Goddard rumored to write and direct. Weeds actor Mateus Ward was rumored to be auditioning for Peter Parker, but no casting news has been confirmed yet.
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