Feige on Spider-Man, Civil War, and Captain America

Civil War from Marvel Comics

While promoting the home release of Age of Ultron, Kevin Feige fielded several questions regarding the MCU. The real questions on everybody’s mind tend to be the same thing: Spider-Man, Civil War, and Captain America! I guess all three of those things clash in the upcoming Russo movie but we’ll see how the pieces come together at some point, right? Kevin Feige doesn’t want us too much in the dark so he answered a few questions regarding this new Marvel Trinity.

When asked about making the deal with Sony for Spider-Man, Feige 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 that he was not 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 in Civil War
Spider-Man might have some problems by the end of Civil War.

What about Spider-Man’s place within the MCU? “This has been a dream of ours for a long time. We always had contingency plans, which we always do anyway. Are we going to be able to make another deal with this actor? If so, we’re going to do this; if not, we’re going to do this. If we get the rights to a certain character, that’s great; we’re going to do this. If not, we’re going to do this. We always sort of operate under those various alternate timelines available and ready to shift if something happens. The most important thing as a standalone is relaunching Spider-Man in his own standalone movie with his own storylines that fits into this universe. That is job number one for us. … The connectivity is great, but it doesn’t drive the train.”

Even though Tom Holland’s Spider-Man will be introduced in Civil War, Feige has clarified that it is still a Captain America movie through and through. “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.”