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Russos Say New Spider-Man Will Be Shaped By “Hardcore Contemporary” World Of ‘Captain America: Civil War’

Russos Say New Spider-Man Will Be Shaped By "Hardcore Contemporary" World Of 'Captain America: Civil War'

It’s a big year of superhero movies, with major characters banding together or fighting each other (and then banding together) to take on their biggest foes yet. And the names of these movies aren’t messing around. Warner Bros. has “Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice” around the corner, while Marvel will counter with “Captain America: Civil War,” which sees the Avengers split into two camps: one led by the titular patriot, and the other by Iron Man. But coming into the mix will be new characters, including Black Panther, and yet another iteration of Spider-Man. But how will the webslinger be different? ‘Civil War’ co-directors Joe and Anthony Russo explain.

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“A character growing up with his aunt in New York, a single income family… Where would they live? What would that look like? Where could they afford to live? We asked ourselves all those questions,” Joe Russo told Comic Book. “We try to take a very logical and realistic and naturalistic approach to the character. Again, in combination those are all of the things that we try to do, and of course, to bring our own touches, too.”
“I would also add, again, we’re introducing this character in a Captain America movie,” Anthony Russo added. “If you look at what we did with ‘Winter Soldier‘ with the Cap character in terms of bringing him into the modern world, trying to ground the movie tonally into something that was a step toward real-world, at least to the degree you can do that in a superhero movie, that’s still the tonal universe that we’re playing in in ‘Civil War.’ We’re bringing a character… we’re bringing Spider-Man into the movie in that universe, now, in that specific tonal stylistic world. I think underscoring everything Joe was saying about your question in terms of how we were thinking about the character in relation to past interpretations of the character, part of our choices were all so colored by the specifics of the world that we were playing in with these two Captain America movies, meaning Winter Soldier and Civil War. It’s a very specific tonal world. It’s a little more grounded and a little more hard-core contemporary. That was also coloring our choices a lot about the character on Spider-Man.”

Long story short, perhaps we’re looking at a Spider-Man who has seen what the Avengers have done to the world around him, and that’s a pretty interesting angle to take. Meanwhile, in “duh obviously” news, the directors add that two-part “Avengers: Infinity War” will basically bring together all the Marvel characters in one ginormous movie.

“People will not be disappointed in the amount of characters in the movie. The concept of ‘Infinity War’ is that the Marvel universe unites to battle the greatest threat to the world and universe that you’ve ever seen, and we’re going to honor that concept,” Joe Russo teased.

So, as per usual, big things are coming in the Marvel realm. ‘Civil War’ arrives on May 6th and ‘Infinity War — Part 1’ drops on May 4, 2018.

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