By Nick Romano
January 09, 2016 at 06:26 PM EST
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Following the footsteps of Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield, 19-year-old Tom Holland will portray Spider-Man in this year’s Captain America: Civil War. His directors, Joe and Anthony Russo, are longtime fans of the character and revealed how their version will be different from previous films. 

“We took a very personal approach to the character,” Joe Russo told “We had thought back to the things that excited us about him as a character when we were younger, and one of the most important components of that was that he’s a high schooler burdened with incredible powers and responsibility. That really differentiates him from every other character in the Marvel universe as opposed to other superheroes.”

It was important for the helmers to have “an authenticity to the casting” with someone close to the age of a high school student. “We wanted an energy and charisma from the character,” Joe continued, “but also an insecurity that would make him fun to watch in contrast to the confident superheroes.”

“The everyman appeal of the character” was something they always loved, Anthony added, referring to Peter Parker’s low-income upbringing with his Aunt May. “We’re introducing this character in a Captain America movie. 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.”

He continued, “Part of our choices were all so colored by the specifics of the world what 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 hardcore contemporary. That was also coloring our choices a lot about the character on Spider-Man.”

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  • PG-13
release date
  • 05/06/16
  • 146 minutes
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