It’s no secret that Spider-Man will appear in ‘Captain America: Civil War’.
But after the new Spider-Man suit was unveiled in the recent ‘Civil War’ trailer, it received some rather mixed reactions from the fans. And it looks as though directors Anthony and Joe Russo have some explaining to do…
“The design of the costume is what it is,” explained Joe Russo in an interview with Forbes. “That’s the design that we love, it’s the design that Kevin Feige loves and so on. He’s a very popular character so it’s always going to be controversial, people are always going to love or hate what you do with him, but all we can do is make sure that we love it, that we are true to ourselves and true to how we feel about the character and then hope that everybody else digs it.”
The new Spider-Man costume has certainly proved to be a mixed bag. It’s almost entirely like the classic Steve Ditko era costume… including a smaller chest emblem and stylized red logo on Spidey’s back.
But those classic-looking eyes come at a price…
The ‘Civil War’ trailer reveals that Spider-Man’s new suit has the ability to squint… including eyes which have clearly been animated during post-production.
But don’t panic – it looks as though all will be explained in good time.
“We like making strong choices with characters so while this might be a slightly more traditional, Steve Ditko influenced suit, it is certainly in our vocabulary to develop it into something more extreme as the storytelling requires,” explained Joe. “I think there are things that people will discover when they see the film about why the suit operate the way it does, why the eyes move, all that stuff is substantiated. Everybody wants the answers yesterday but then what would be the point of seeing the movie?”
Of course, the real reason to hang fire is obvious – we just haven’t seen enough of Spider-Man yet to fully realise what he’s all about. And Joe’s brother Anthony hopes to change our minds with the final film.
“Part of issue is that we gave such a small impression of the character in that trailer, it’s something of a Rorschach test where people can pour as much of their Spidey anxieties out,” he said. “But when they see the movie they are going to get a very big picture of a very complete character that they have never seen before. It’s kind of hard to react to people’s reactions but they will change radically when they see the movie.”
“And there is still effects work that needs to be done on it,” Joe added.
Clearly, we haven’t quite got the full picture when it comes to Spider-Man’s new suit.
But will any explanation make it look any cooler? For now, we’ll have to wait and see… but with rumours that Robert Downey Jr’s Iron Man will contribute to Spider-Man’s new tech, it could make a lot more sense by the time we see it on the big screen.
‘Captain America: Civil War’ heads to cinemas on 29 April 2016.
Picture Credit: Marvel.