Spider-Man Director Confirms Peter Parker’s Age and Other Details


Ever since the confirmation that Spider-Man is joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), played by Tom Holland, fans have been abuzz about how he’ll be introduced and what kind of Peter Parker we’ll see.

Well, now we have a bit of a better idea.

In speaking with Empire (via Yahoo!), director of the new Spidey trilogy, set to debut in 2017, Jon Watts reassures all of us by stating: “There are only so many times you can kill Uncle Ben.”

And there are only so many times I can watch it. I’m both weary from it, but I also still feel a sadness over Uncle Ben, so I’m happy not having to go through it again.

Another big question surrounding our third web crawler was his age and at what point in his life we’d meet him. Watts reveals the answer:

“I love the idea of making a coming-of-age high school movie. We’re really going to see Peter Parker in high school and get deeper into that side of it. He’s just 15 now… Tom was pretty perfect. He’s very athletic. He can actually do a backflip! If he didn’t already capture the spirit of the character, with that on top the kid is Spider-Man.”

15 is definitely the youngest we’ve ever seen Peter Parker on screen. Both Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield played him in high school, but closer to graduation than anything else. They were purposely meant to be older.

It’ll be interesting to see a teenage Peter Parker still in the throes of growing up, especially one who has already lost Uncle Ben.

As for his athleticism, we already knew that from his Instagram videos but I’m eager to see the way the choreography takes this into account.

We’ll first see Holland as Spidey in Joe and Anthony Russo’s Captain America: Civil War, set to hit theaters on May 6, 2016. Marisa Tomei will also make her debut as Aunt May.

Are you excited to see a younger Peter Parker without having to go through his origin story again? Let us know what you think in the comments!



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