age Spider-Man

For some time now, we’ve known that the new Spider-Man entering the Marvel cinematic universe in Captain America: Civil War will be a high school-aged Peter Parker. However, we had yet to hear specifically how old the webslinger will be until today.

Director Jon Watts has been making the rounds talking about his indie thriller Cop Car, and while speaking about the first solo outing for his high school wallcrawler, he confirmed what age Spider-Man will be in the 2017 movie.

In the latest issue of Empire Magazine (via Yahoo), Watts talks about why he’s excited about Spider-Man, including having Tom Holland play the character, and skipping over the origin story:

“There are only so many times you can kill Uncle Ben. I love the idea of making a coming-of-age high school movie. We’re really going to see Peter Parker in high school and get deeper into that side of it. He’s just 15 now… Tom was pretty perfect. He’s very athletic. He can actually do a backflip! If he didn’t already capture the spirit of the character, with that on top the kid is Spider-Man.”

It’s exactly a groundbreaking revelation, but at least we know that this is the youngest version of Spider-Man we’ve even gotten on the big screen. Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield’s version started in high school, but they were in the upper class range of students. Tom Holland’s Peter Parker would be a freshman, and he’s significantly younger than anyone on The Avengers, so he should bring an interesting new dynamic to the superhero squad.

As of now we don’t know much else about the new take on Spider-Man, with the exception of having a script from Vacation reboot writers John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein and Marisa Tomei as Aunt May. There have been rumors that the villain might be Kraven the Hunter, but there’s been no confirmation of that just yet. More prominently, there have been rumors about whose side Spider-Man takes in Captain America: Civil War and just how many suits he’ll have in the movie.

We’ll finally get to see Spider-Man on screen with the rest of The Avengers on May 6th, 2016, but we’ve got a little while to wait for the new solo Spider-Man outing since that won’t arrive until July 28th, 2017. Since the movie will have to start shooting early next year, hopefully we’ll hear more details on Jon Watt’s Spider-Man very soon.

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