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Russo Bros. Drop More Hints on Nature of Spidey’s Inclusion in Captain America: Civil War

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We’ve long known that Spider-Man would make some kind of appearance in Captain America: Civil War alongside the MCU’s more established cast of characters, but our understanding of his role is still slowly evolving. How big a part will he play? A cameo? A post-credits scene? A larger role?

With all the other heroes crowding in on what is titled as a Captain America movie, there’s plenty of reason to think Spidey might as well also play a relatively large role or he shouldn’t overcrowd things. However, new statements from the Russo brothers—the team behind Captain America: The Winter Soldier, one of the better Marvel movies—make it sound like there’s plenty of room for the web-slinger after all.

Anthony Russo said in an interview (via CBM),

We also wanted to think about “Who is Spider-Man today?” A lot of times when you get interpretations of Spider-Man, they’re very nostalgic to the origins of the character. Sometimes there’s an old-fashioned patina to the tone of who Spider-Man is. We wanted to think about who is Spider-Man today if he’s living in Queens, what’s the texture of his life like, what’s the texture of his relationship with his aunt who lives with him. How can we make the relationship and character very contemporary? That’s our goal with the character.

Of course, with the Russos pretty much taking the mantle from Joss Whedon going forward with the Marvel cinematic universe (they’ll also be working on Avengers: Infinity War Parts One and Two), it could be that this comment is more about how Spidey will be handled in the MCU generally as opposed to in Civil War specifically.

On the other hand, if this is about how the character will be introduced in Civil War, it sounds like we’re getting a lot more Spider-Man than it says on the tin. Maybe he’ll be used as a way to connect what’s happening with Earth’s mightiest heroes to the more street-level powered people that have, so far, been relegated to television. With a plot line like Civil War, it could easily lose its impact if all we get is the fighting between people whose lives have already mostly evolved past the point of street-level heroics and secret identities.

Spidey could ground the film in a great way with that “everyday person” effect. Let us know what your own theories are in the comments!

(via Den of Geek, image via Sony Pictures Entertainment)

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