Kevin Feige: Spider-Man belongs in Marvel Universe
Spider-Man is back where he "belongs" as part of the Marvel Universe, Kevin Feige has said.
Marvel Studios and Sony Pictures came to a deal to allow the comic book company's character - the rights to which Marvel sold to Sony in 1999 for $7 million - to appear in upcoming Marvel Studios films.
Kevin Feige, the President of Marvel Studios, was instrumental in bringing the web-slinger back home and he thinks the character will serve a "great purpose" as part of the Marvel world.
Speaking at an event to promote the home entertainment release of 'Avengers: Age Of Ultron' in Los Angeles on Tuesday (29.09.15), he said: "Making that agreement was great, and was really amazing, and on a personal level making these movies, it means a lot because I think we can do great things with Spider-Man. 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."
Spider-Man will make his first appearance in the Marvel Universe in 'Captain America: Civil War' with Tom Holland playing the wall-crawling hero and his alter ego Peter Parker.
The film - the third standalone Captain America movie - will be packed with superheroes, with Ant-Man, Black Widow, Iron Man and Hawkeye among the characters who will be part of the story.
Feige, 42, has dismissed suggestions there will be too many superheroes on screen with Captain America - played by Chris Evans.
He said: "There were a lot of characters in 'The Winter Soldier', but it felt like a very singular and relatively simple thriller. 'Civil War' follows in that same way. I think that's something directors Joe and Anthony Russo pride themselves on, and our screenwriters Chris Markus and Steve McFeely are excellent at giving each character just enough. They're not full arcs for everybody; it's just enough that their presence is felt and important, but that the very clear single story that is being told is being served at all times."
'Captain America: Civil War' is scheduled for release on May 6, 2016, while the first standalone 'Spider-Man' film co-produced by Sony Pictures and Marvel Studios is slated to hit cinemas on July 28, 2017.