During a recent interview, Captain America: Civil War screenwriters, Stephen McFeely and Christopher Markus, discussed at what point in the writing process they found out they could use Spider-Man (Tom Holland), how his inclusion affected the script, and their approach to Spidey's brand of humor.
"He was in and out all over the place," McFeely told Creative Screenwriting Magazine. "From the very beginning, we knew if we called something Civil War we were going to have to pay off what we called the 'splash panel,' which is that seventeen-minute fight where everyone goes at it.
"It was incumbent upon us to try to fill that with as many heroes as we could without breaking it or forcing people in. We always had a little recruitment section where Tony would get somebody and Steve would get somebody and the rosters would fill organically. Spider-Man was always our first choice for that because [Marvel Studios President] Kevin Feige said to us at one point that there was a chance because he was having conversations [with Sony, which holds the film rights to Spider-Man].
"We had him in, and sometimes a month or two later Kevin would come back and say, 'No, negotiations are not going quite as well. Don’t plan on him!' [Laughs] I don’t know the exact date when corporate signed contracts with Sony, but it eventually led to some hard and fast choices later on."
"In that regard, it was very good that he was in a section where the script would’ve called for somebody there, but there wasn’t necessarily a tremendous amount of quantum mechanics riding on that it had to be Spider-Man," Markus added. "So if we finally didn’t get him, the whole house of cards wouldn’t fall down. It would just mean we would have to come up with a different character to play that function."
When the highlights of Spider-Man's MCU debut is his humorous banter during the fight sequences. "We wanted his point of view and personality to come from his youth, inexperience, and his nerves," McFeely said. "He’s not a professional comedian, but we should enjoy him. A lot of that is Tom Holland, too, who’s just great."
In Captain America: Civil War, governments around the world hold Earth's Mightiest Heroes accountable for their actions, despite the amount of lives they've saved. Heroes divide as Captain America (Chris Evans) and Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) butt heads, and fists, while fighting for what they believe in! Catch a glimpse of the action in front of and behind the camera above.
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