Jon Watts Talks Directing The John Hughes Version Of Spider-Man

Director Jon Watts (Cop Car, Clown) still feels the need to pinch himself just to make sure it isn't a dream that he'll be directing the first solo Spider-Man film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. On top of that, Marvel President Kevin Feige already let it be known that the reboot will be inspired by John Hughes' '80s teen classics. Some might be overwhelmed by that, but not Watts.

"The thing that everyone keeps saying is that it’s sort of like the John Hughes version of Spider-Man, which I think is a really cool take on it,” Watts told the Daily Beast. “He’s in high school, and the questions that that raises I think we haven’t explored as much as we can. In the comics so much of it was about him juggling his high school life and trying to be a superhero. I think there’s a lot to do there."

Watts also took some time to debunk a rumor that he got a Spider-Man logo tattooed to his chest and that it helped him get the directing gig. "Someone got that on the Wikipedia page, which is pretty impressive,” he said. "I was debating whether to say I’ve gotten a tattoo for every movie I’ve made. I have a Kevin Bacon on my back and a Clown on my arm! That would be pretty awesome if that’s how I got the job."

Tom Holland's Spider-Man/Peter Parker will make a cameo in Captain America: Civil War, which will arrive on May 6, 2016. He'll then star in the Jon Watts-directed solo Spider-Man movie to be released on July 28, 2017.