Kevin Feige Calls Spider-Man a “Totally Different Kind” of Hero Despite Two Reboots; We’re Not So Sure
We can think of some other ways we wouldn't mind him being different.
If there was one way we wouldn’t describe another Spider-Man retread starring Peter Parker, as excited as we are to have the wall-crawler in the MCU, it’s “totally different.” Yet that’s how Marvel’s Kevin Feige sees Marvel’s new joint Spider-Man venture with Sony.
And in some regards, we see what he’s talking about. While “superhero” is the primary focus of the lives of most of the on-screen Avengers, Spider-Man has always been about the balancing act of being a hero while living an otherwise normal—or as normal as possible—life. He’s not Asgardian royalty, a billionaire, a super soldier, or a … Hulk. He’s not a super spy; he’s a normal guy with abnormal abilities who wants to use them for good.
Of course, for Feige, who pushed back movies featuring heroes who fit another, perhaps more important definition of “totally different” (i.e. not being white men) to make room for Spidey, that’s a pretty big difference. He told IGN,
I think Spider-man can serve great purpose in our universe and that’s where he belongs. That was what was unique about him in the comics was not that he was the only superhero in the world; it’s that he was a totally different kind of superhero when compared against all the other ones in the Marvel universe at the time.
Yes, at the time in comics, he may have been a more unique hero, but these days, just those small differences don’t really cut it. Again, we’re extremely happy to have Spider-Man in the MCU, but for the character’s third movie rendering since 2002, there’s a lot more that could’ve been done in the way of “totally different” than what Feige is talking about here if that’s really what he likes about Spider-Man. It’s a shame we’re the only ones who see it that way, especially considering that there’s plenty of great Spider-Man comics material to draw from that doesn’t fall back on Peter Parker.
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