Spider-Man Will Be a Teen Peter Parker, Kevin Feige Confirms

Marvel Studios Kevin Feige

UPDATE: Hooray! According to CraveOnline, Marvel’s Spider-Man reboot won’t be ignoring Peter Parker’s origin story. Read below for more details.

Marvel Studios head honcho Kevin Feige has confirmed that the next Spider-Man will be a teen 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,”

Feige admits. Marvel’s upcoming joint collaboration with Sony Pictures will place Marvel’s most cherished hero back into a high school setting.

“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.”

Marvel will introduce the new Spidey in Anthony and Joe Russo’s Captain America: Civil War, which hits theaters on May 6, 2016, so casting for the well-loved web-slinger is expected to be announced very soon. Meanwhile, a reboot of the Spider-Man franchise launches on July 28, 2017, with Feige and Sony’s Amy Pascal set to produce.

Check out Feige’s comments on the next Spider-Man while promoting the upcoming Avengers: Age of Ultron (via Collider).

That’s actually a pretty good idea. Just hope they don’t go for another origin story.

UPDATE: In addition to the aforementioned confirmation that the film will follow a high school-aged Parker, the President of Marvel Studios told CraveOnline (at yesterday’s junket for Avengers: Age of Ultron, of course):

“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. [Laughs]“

Well, Feige is actually saying that when we meet Parker in Civil War next year – a year before his own movie , said to be titled Spectacular Spider-Man – he’ll already be an active crime-fighter. Feige also reveals new details on the Spidey’s costume:

“I was more involved in the Raimi ones, and think they did a very good job. But that being said, we’ve already designed the costume, which is different than any of the ones that have come before. And yet ours is classic Spidey, as I think you’ll see.”

Moreover, Screenrant suggests it could be a hint towards one element of the Civil War story where Iron Man (who’s rumored to appear in the next Spider-Man movie) gives him a more advanced costume. Take a look below.

By Guile Michael Turner

I’m tired of blue and red, it’s time for a change. I hope we get more action, too.