The second Captain America: Civil War trailer that debuted on March 10 has already received over thirty-eight million views on YouTube. This trailer gained popularity after Spider-Man made his first appearance in a Marvel Cinematic Movie film. Sony had rights to the character of Spider-Man until the unsuccessful production of 2014’s Amazing Spider Man 2, where they then decided to make a deal with Marvel to co-produce the character. This is a major leap for Marvel films and for fans of Marvel alike. Spider-Man represents the new wave for the Avengers as we see a transition to a new cast of Ant-Man, Spider-Man, and other new Avengers replacing the old cast. This also contributes to tying up the storylines of characters such as Captain America and Iron Man.
Spider-Man is the token character of the transition and was predicted to possibly be the central character in resolving the conflict between the Avengers. Kevin Feige, the president of Marvel Studios, said that Spider-Man would be torn between superhero ideologies. “Does he want to be like these other characters? Does he want nothing to do with these other characters? How does this impact his experience, being this grounded but super powerful hero? Those are all the things that Stan Lee and Steve Ditko played with in the first ten years of his comics, and that now we can play with in the movie,” said Feige. The addition of Spider-Man as well alters the way Spider-Man will be portrayed with a new actor taking up the role as the helpful vigilante.
Tom Holland, the nineteen year old English actor and dancer, was cast as Peter Parker, the man behind the mask, in 2015. Tobey Maguire portrayed the character for the Sam Raimi directed films from 2002-2007, and Andrew Garfield portrayed Peter Parker/Spider-Man for the Marc Webb films from 2012-2014. Holland would be the first actor to portray Peter Parker/Spider-Man as the age he is, based on the fact that Peter Parker would be returning to high school in the Captain America: Civil War film. Holland had auditioned against Asa Butterfield, Judah Lewis, Matthew Lintz, Charlie Plummer, and Charlie Rowe for the role.
Holland has already been signed for a new Spider-Man movie debuting in 2017. High expectations are set for Holland and the co-producers of the character, Marvel Studios and Sony Pictures. The history of Spider-Man is detailed, thorough, and enjoyed by all Marvel fans alike. Spider-Man initially in the comics is a part of the brawl between Captain America and Iron Man. This unique portrayal of Spider-Man will be unveiled this coming May when the movie hits the big screen.