Why Does Spider-Man Just Keep Getting Younger?
“Spider-Man” just keeps getting younger. Being portrayed by the fresh-faced Tom Holland in the upcoming trilogy, he is now, ‘only fifteen.’ But in a movie universe filled with grim characters, why does Spider-Man never age? Read on to find out.
Jon Watts, director and man in charge of the “Spider-Man” reboot, has recently confirmed that Peter Parker just got a youth serum in the upcoming films,
“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.”
This echoes an earlier statement given by the screenwriters John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein who confirmed that this Spider-Man is thankfully, not going to be an origin story (via Screen Crush). But why make the webslinger younger as we go? Here are the possible reasons.
1. We already know that the upcoming ‘Spider-Man’ movie will be humorous in tone, set in a high-school, John Hughes universe. Having a 15-year-old Peter allows the screenwriters time to develop the story. And it is a good thing too, all the previous Spider-Man movies were so intent on make Peter Parker come to grips with his “great power = great responsibility” equation, that they forgot the “Spider-Man,” for the most part, is about a nerd in highschool. The upcoming Holland movie will probably have Flash Thompson giving wedgies to Peter Parker.
2. There is an old comic-book trope, which is true for the most part: most characters work best in certain times/ages. Despite comic book movies being based all over time and space, most characters occupy a very particular temporal niche.
“Captain America,” for example is, best while fighting Nazis in WWII, just like ‘the Batman’ is the best in a pre-internet era Gotham city. Spider-Man is the eternal high-school character. Even his super-hero persona is that of a smart-talking, rebellious, highly overpowered teenager. A Spider-Man who is fifteen and quipping one-liners works, but a Spider-Man who is thirty and worried about his mortgage does not.
3. Marisa Tomei is Aunt May. Now, Tomei might be fifty in real life, but there is no way anybody can convince her she is more than a youthful thirty on-screen. Which means Peter Parker necessarily has to be fifteen, or maybe even five.
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