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10 Things We Learned About the New Spider-Man From Civil War

We have a new Spider-Man and a new movie coming in 2017. After his debut in Captain America: Civil War, here's what sort of Spidey we'll have. [Spoilers]

With the release of Captain America: Civil War, we now have a new Spider-Man on the big screen. This Spider-Man exists in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, which means he can freely interact with the likes of Iron Man, Captain America, and the rest of the big screen Avengers. Tom Holland will play the role of Peter Parker/Spider-Man, and the question is, how will his Spidey compare to previous cinematic Spideys Andrew Garfield, Tobey Maguire, and the comic version? Here's everything we know about the new wallcrawler based on his recent appearance.

Warning: Spoilers for Captain America: Civil War will be discussed below.

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Tom Holland's version is fantastic. Whenever we see a comic character translated onto the big screen, changes are expected. Since there isn't time to give Spider-Man a proper origin in the middle of Civil War, a lot has to be established and his existence needs to fit into the Cinematic Universe. Marvel Studios successfully brought his character to life.

  • This Peter Parker lives in Queens. In the comics, Peter grew up in Forest Hills, Queens.
  • Tony Stark knows Peter has powers. Stark hasn't been an active member of the Avengers so it makes sense he would have time and could keep an eye out if someone with special abilities popped up. With Stark's resources, he could easily track down the identity and location of a kid that's new to the world of heroes and secret identities.
  • Peter made his own webbing and web-shooters. Spider-Man has always been brilliant. The idea of natural webbing (as seen in the original Spider-Man trilogy) is a little gross. By having Peter create the formula for the webbing, he'll be able to continue making more and not have to rely on anyone.
  • Stark wants to give Spidey an upgrade. In Civil War, Peter had been fighting crime in a makeshift outfit. When he makes his debut before the big fight in the airport scene in Civil War, he has a fancy new suit with a new logo for the movies. He has a utility belt as well.
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  • Aunt May doesn't know Peter is Spider-Man. This is usually the case in the different incarnations we've had over the years in film and comics. Aunt May is very protective of Peter, and he says she'd "freak out" if she knew.
  • Peter has had his powers for about six months. There's no origin here. We'll likely see it in the 2017 Spider-Man: Homecoming movie. Peter says it's "a long story." Hopefully the story and retelling of his origin won't be too long in the next movie. Peter tells Tony he wants to help those in need.
  • Spider-Man is easily distracted. He's new to this world of superpowers. In the middle of the airport fight in Civil War, he can't help but be in awe of the heroes.
  • Spider-Man's strength is shown. This is something that often varies in comics. He has the "proportional strength of a spider" and maybe that's not clear enough for some writers. It was fantastic to see him do some heavy lifting and deliver some hefty blows.
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  • Spider-Man makes a lot of jokes and quips. In the comics, Spidey would make jokes to cover his nervousness and to annoy/distract his enemies. It looks like this Spidey does the exact same thing.
  • Spider-Man gets an upgraded web-shooter from Stark at the end of the film. This new web-shooter has the Spider-Signal, a device used in the early issues of the comics. The signal originally appeared on his belt, kept beneath his shirt.
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With the the newly designed web-shooter, we'll have to wait and see what else it does besides shoot webs and shine the signal. In the recent Ultimate Spider-Man animated series, Spider-Man has high-tech web-shooters designed by S.H.I.E.L.D. They look a little large but has cloaking technology so it doesn't appear to stick out so much.

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This just might be the best live-action version of Spider-Man we've had. After watching Captain America: Civil War, you can't help but want more Spidey action. It's going to be a long wait until July 2017.

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Posted By the_stegman

I still like Garfield more.

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Posted By DCequalsMarvel

Sounds promising

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Posted By PunyParker

If this is our new Spidey (the tone of the character continues on to his films) then we're looking at the best one yet.

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Posted By zombietag

also, he lives in an apartment. now, i know that sounds like a silly thing, but his house has always been a big part of the stories in ASM and even the ultimate books, so putting him in an apartment changes some things.

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Posted By JTMac005

@gmanfromheck: when I was younger, I thought the natural webbing in the Raimi version was comic-accurate. Then when I actually read some comics I realized they changed that for the movie. I guess natural webbing is a little gross...

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Posted By laabitres

this kid killed it, still not a fan of how fake the suit looks, but his performance was dope

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Posted By ccraft

@laabitres: I heard the suit was enhanced by cgi, so that's probably why it looks fake, idk exactly

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Posted By Pelykan

The character was good but the actor isn't.

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Posted By NickInACage

Tom was fantastic. He even looks kinda like a younger version of Toby Maguire.

I don´t think that Homecoming is going to be his origin, then he´d have to spend the whole movie in that wonky-ass costume he had before. Ugh.

Also, just say "With great power must also come great responsibility". You´re just making it confusing

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Posted By Avenging-X-Bolt

@zombietag: this is a fair point. Wasn't there a whole subplot with the Vulture or something?

@the_stegman: Mondays aren't always bad, but lasagna is almost always good. As long as it's not that vegetable crap :p

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Posted By GeeWhiz

I liked how Tony Stark made reference to the fact that Aunt May is attractive. As an older guy, you know you're getting old when you live in a world where Aunt May is attractive. I was surprised by how much time Spiderman was in the movie. I really liked this version -- it just felt so much like the Spiderman I grew up reading.

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Posted By Tyger

I think the 6 month thing was specifically to skip past the Origin.

Anyone have a handy timeline for the movies, so we know when that places it?

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Posted By TheHeat

If he's only been Spidey for 6 months, then when did Ant-Man occur? That movie came out in June of last year, and they made a reference to Spider-Man at the end.

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Posted By CaptainOmnitron

@theheat: Could have been about a month or so. I mean someone crawls walls, beats up bad guys, and wears a red and blue outfit? That's gonna catch some media attention pretty fast even if Peter's not acting out in the open that much.

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Nice.

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Posted By Biggest_D

well if Spiderman has the proportiate strength of a spider in the comics he weight about 167, a spider can lift about 170 times it's own weight according to national geography, so at least spiderman should be able to lift about 14.19500 short tons minimum. Anyone knows Holland's weight?

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Posted By ItsaWorld

@theheat: I think the last scene of the movie, where they reference Spiderman, takes place some time after the battle with YellowJacket. This could be a few weeks to a few months later.

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Posted By StMichalofWilson

Great performance by Tom Holland. Personally I really don't want to see a teenage Spider-Man but it doesn't matter the actor is amazing and I look forward to seeing more Spidey in Homecoming.

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Posted By black_wreath

I learned Tom Holland is insufferable when trying to do funny...

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Posted By Lone_Wolf_and_Cub

Best Spider-man without a doubt. Can't wait for his solo film.

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Posted By JewishDork

When Tony mentioned Peter's hot aunt, I was kind of hoping for Peter to mention how she is a recent widow.

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Posted By deactivated-5967bf6197d40

Best Spidey yet, hands down

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Posted By Project_Worm

@theheat: The end scene that referenced Spider-Man had to have happened long after his battle with Yellow Jacket. Seeing as Falcon first mentioned during the movie.

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Edited By murderpool

I went to an 11:30 showing tonight, absolutely enjoyed every second of the film and unfortunately I may have ruined aunt may for the younglings when I exclaimed how &$$@ing hot she is.

Cause, ya know, she is. Sorry not sorry

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Edited By ma_rc_01

I love how they explained why his eyes move like that

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Posted By mondo625

@gmanfromheck Do you think the way "Homecoming" was used in Civil War is just coincidence or that there's more to it? With Tony helping Spidey with the Suit and RDJ already signed on for Homecoming do you think we will see the Iron Spider suit? Seem's a little over powered for Vulture as the rumored villain for the movie.

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Edited By w0nd

@mondo625: I think it was a coincidence. I also don't think the suit will be in it.

in 2016 you have to actively avoid spoilers, they totally would show off that suit or blab about it.


The last time I was actually surprised about something was Wolverines cameo in first class, which unified the past and present movies.

now there are like 18 trailers for movies and tv spots and its just shows off everything lol

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Posted By Deathstroke52

I'm going to be 100% honest here.

Spidey was great in the first scene we saw him in with Aunt May and Tony, but in the airport fight scene he was just too damn annoying.

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Posted By JamesSpiring

Tom was fantastic. He even looks kinda like a younger version of Toby Maguire.

I don´t think that Homecoming is going to be his origin, then he´d have to spend the whole movie in that wonky-ass costume he had before. Ugh.

Also, just say "With great power must also come great responsibility". You´re just making it confusing

It could just be a flashback, or a prelude. Needn't take up more than 10-15 minutes of what will probably be a two hour movie.

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Posted By jayc1324

Tom Holland looked very natural as Peter, that kid did a great job.

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Posted By Bl00dwerK

I was much more impressed with him that I thought I would be. My son was, also... :)

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Posted By Kid_Zombie

@theheat said:

If he's only been Spidey for 6 months, then when did Ant-Man occur? That movie came out in June of last year, and they made a reference to Spider-Man at the end.

End of Ant Man they show the scene from civil war where they have Winter Solider Captured which is shown in the civil war movie after bucky goes crazy.

Also they show Falcon at the end of Ant Man recruiting Ant Man for what I assume is for Caps side which would place Ant man movie starting just before Civil War and the end of Ant Man happens by the end of Act 1 of Civil War. so the movie is happening just before/same time as civil war.

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Edited By webheadcomics

Great rendition of Spider-Man. Only a couple things I didn't like: 1. Aunt Mat imo should not be that young/attractive. The actress that played Aunt May in Raimis Spider-Man was perfect. 2. I did not like Tony knowing about Peter Parker being Spider-Man. It is way to early for that. Iron Man could have met Spidey in costume for a similar conversation to join his team. Not in his apartment flirting with Aunt May.

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Posted By Skyleat

Great rendition of Spider-Man. Only a couple things I didn't like: 1. Aunt Mat imo should not be that young/attractive. The actress that played Aunt May in Raimis Spider-Man was perfect. 2. I did not like Tony knowing about Peter Parker being Spider-Man. It is way to early for that. Iron Man could have met Spidey in costume for a similar conversation to join his team. Not in his apartment flirting with Aunt May.

Yeah I had the same issues during the movie.

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Posted By deactivated-59848080e4380

Great article. This looks to be a promising start for what looks to be the best rendition of Spidey on-screen.

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Posted By MakeUFam0us

@the_stegman: i agree. Also I hate what they did to Aunt May

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Posted By Hiddenlight

Well, he is at very least a 10-tonner in MCU now. I loved how he could sense the attacks coming but still wasn't tuned with his spider-sense perfectly

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Posted By SoA

he was good. unfortunately i dont care for another spider-man film , we also do not need to see his origin again. they can use a cool cgi opening to show this while credits roll . if he doesnt get thrown out after his second movie and sticks to villains he fought as a hs kid(NOT venom)maybe.

if Marvel doesn't wanna rehash doc ock, goblin, or lizard; i would like to see chameleon (they could adapt the 90s spidey episode with S.HI.E.L.D.), Kraven, was early era and would be fun as well, was thinking the scorpion as he hasnt been seen on screen either.

fun and smart move would have a future mcu spidey film opening to spidey and his exploits stopping doc ock, goblin, etc and then shows them gathering as the sinister six and have the last half of the film fighting them , gauntlet style.

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Posted By AlKusanagi

Aunts come in all shapes and sizes, you haters!

#teamhotauntmay

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Posted By Maddpanda531

Tom Holland really hit it out of the park for me. Absolutely loved his Spider-Man and I can't wait to see more of him in 2017.

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Edited By donmeca2020

suit looked good, the action and fighting scenes with him were awesome. i however disliked immensely the fact that he was supposed to be a 16 or 17 year old kid...... maguire fit the image of a peter parker in his mid to late 20s, garfield looked more like the modern version of peter which was also good, but obviously both those versions of spidey in the movies had their problems. the worst thing was the kid's voice.... completely out of place.

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Posted By Goellterator

I was on the toilette, when Stark appeared in the apartmant. Came back, when they were in Peters room. Got no idea, how May looks like. Is she really this hot?

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Posted By j2daimmy

The article left out how Peter subtlety references Uncle Ben while talking to Stark in his room. He says he is a hero b/c "when you have these powers, then you do nothing, and then the bad things happen...". Something like that.

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