When the deal that allows both Marvel Studios and Sony to use the Spider-Man character in their respective superhero films, it was stated that his first appearance in Captain America: Civil War would be a small one, a tease for his own rebooted franchise solo film at Sony. Well, late last week some media folks attended a screening of Civil War ahead of the usual publicity tour with the movie’s stars. And one, ScreenCrush editor Mike Sampson, tweeted afterwards just how much Spider-Man we will be seeing in the film.
@MarvelousRealm That's about right. Maybe 10 mins of Parker, a good 20 mins of Spidey.
— Mike Sampson (@mjsamps) April 9, 2016
That his total screentime comes in at around half-an-hour is a bit of a surprise, seeing as news of the agreement hit fairly late in the pre-production process of Civil War. It was assumed that with so little time to make significant changes before shooting started that Spider-Man’s appearance in the film would be minimal. That he has such a prominent role suggests either a very quick rewrite, or that the sharing deal was close to being sealed for a while and Civil War directors Anthony and Joe Russo had been planning on using the character all along and were banking on it happening.
Overall, the writers who did get to see the film have been uniform in their praise of its depiction of Spider-Man and of actor Tom Holland, who is stepping into the role of Peter Parker, aka the amazing Spider-Man, so that makes us even more anxious to see Civil War when it hits theaters on May 6.