Peter Parker, the high school student behind Spider-Man was brought to us by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko in the 1960’s. With the introduction of a teenage superhero this broke ground as teenage heroes were usually placed in the sidekick role. With the introduction of a teenage superhero we are placed into the world of a teenager who on a constant basis deals with self-obsessions, rejection, inadequacy, and loneliness that many young readers could relate too. So it is fitting that the new big screen adaptation of Spider-Man will not be an origin story, but a coming of age story that will take many of its cues from famed writer John Hughes who in the 1980’s created many of the best coming of age stories that would hit the big screen. John Hughes created such films as Sixteen Candles, The Breakfast Club, Weird Science, Pretty in Pink and Some kind of wonderful.
In an interview with Kevin Feige back in April with Slashfilm.com Feige responded to how they would like to see Spider-Man “We want to play with Spider-Man in the high school years because frankly there’ve been five Spider-Man films and the amazing thing about it is, even though there’ve been five Spider-Man films, there are so many things from the comics that haven’t been done yet. Not just characters or villains or supporting characters, but sides to his character. The most obvious being the ‘young, doesn’t quite fit in’ kid before his powers, and then the fella that puts on a mask and swings around and fights bad guys and doesn’t shut up, which is something we want to play with and we’re excited about. […] [S]ome of my favorite Spider-Man arcs and Spider-Man stories, he’s in high school for a lot of it. We want to explore that. That also makes him very, very different from any of our other characters in the MCU, which is something else we want to explore: how unique he is when now put against all these other characters.”
With Marvels vision for Spider-Man/Peter-Parker it makes sense to make an updated John Hughes inspired film. In an interview with Zap2it.com Feige told Zap2it “The biggest thing … is that it takes place in this universe. It’s the first time that you’ll be able to see Spider-Man like he was in the comics, as a very different type of hero when compared to the other heroes in the universe,” Feige says while promoting “Ant-Man.” “Up until this point in the other Spidey films — some of which are some of the best superhero movies ever made — he was the only hero, and now he’s not. Now he’s a kid in Queens with these powers and has other [superheroes] to look to.”
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