Spiderman's Civil War Costume Will Reportedly Require Special Effects

Spiderman's Civil War Costume Will Reportedly Require Special Effects

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Captain America: Civil War co-director Anthony Russo offers some insights into what the newest incarnation of Spider-Man will look like.

Ever since it was revealed that Spider-Man would be joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe and making his debut in the upcoming Captain America: Civil War, there has been a lot of questions surrounding the role. Will Andrew Garfield return? Which side will Spider-Man be on in Civil War? Will he don the "Iron Spider" suit gifted to him by Tony Stark in the comics?

Well according to a recent interview with Civil War co-director Anthony Russo, the short answers to those questions are "No," "We don't know," and "Maybe."

First, what we know: No, Andrew Garfield will *not* be returning to the role of Peter Parker after relinquishing it earlier this year (this is old news). In his place will be another British actor, however, in the form of Tom Holland (The Impossible, the upcoming In the Heart of the Sea). Given his age (19) and relative lack of name power, the casting of Holland was a surprise to many, but the Russo's have already sung his praises to the media in recent weeks, making special note of his physicality.

"He's also a dancer and a gymnast. He fits the part like you can't believe," said Joe Russo in a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly.

"Another thing that we were really pushing for was to go young with the part. It's the only way to differentiate it from what's been done in the past. Get him as close as you can to the age that (the actor) is."

Secondly (and perhaps most importantly), we now know that Holland's Spider-Man costume in Civil War will require CGI to complete, for reasons that remain unknown. As Anthony Russo explained to Super Interessante:

Well, we researched a lot and do a lot of experiments for all the characters. We did the same with Spider-Man. We knew it had to be someone young, it was very important because we wanted to give this essence to the character, it is something unique in the Marvel Universe. Tom Holland is an amazing Spider-Man, people will love it. It was a very experimental process, placing it with other actors, especially with Downey Jr., we were learning as we did and are very happy with the result. But we are still working on some things, like the uniform. He's not ready because so much will be produced with special effects.

Now, what we don't know: When asked whether or not Spider-Man would wear the red-and-gold "Iron Spider" suit given to him by Iron Man in Mark Millar's Civil War mini-series, Russo was about as vague as it gets, saying "The film will show a mix of what everyone is waiting for and a little twist. So yeah, that's what I can tell."

And as to his allegiance? Well, the Russo brothers have expectedly kept that information under lock and key, so we'll just have to wait until Captain America: Civil War hits theaters on May 6, 2016 to find out. Regardless of which side he picks, Holland will follow-up Civil War by starring in the Jon Watts-directed solo Spider-Man movie to be released on July 28, 2017.

Source: Comic Book



I wonder if he's actually going to be a significant character or if he's just going to show up in the Stinger.

Well, excluding the Iron Spider idea, I hope this means they're animating the eyes, Deadpool style.
Spider-Man works nicely as an animated character.

So long as they don't go full Green Lantern...

Haven't they pretty much always had to do at least some of the outfit in CGI? Not for the static suit, but to enable Spider-Man's physical motion. It's likely not that the suit is a GL style CGI mess. It's that the suit has to match and work with the CGI for web swinging etc.

Colour me intrigued. I'd like to see how they use Spiderman's young age in context of relating to the other characters (Ironman, Captain America, etc). I wonder if they will be condescending and think he's too green, be more like a mentor to him or treat him as an equal.

That's all well and good, but where are the damned pictures of him!


Maybe they are skipping ahead and giving him the alien symbiote early.

Maybe they are skipping ahead and giving him the alien symbiote early.

Infinity Wars would be a good way to introduce the Symbiote as its supposed to be. I still suspect it is less "they are doing the suit via CGI" as it will be "the suit has to seemlessly blend with and move back and forth from CGI" in order to properly convey Spider-Mans agility. Remember how you could always tell the CGI Spider-Man in the Raimi films. And even still the newer ones. I think that is what they want to avoid.

Had Green Lantern flashbacks reading the title. Please don't screw the pooch on this.


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