Judging by the fact that Tom Holland, the actor playing the newest Spidey, is only 19, we knew that Marvel was leaning towards a younger Peter Parker than we’re used to seeing. Thanks to recent comments from Jon Watts, the director of the upcoming Spider-Man reboot, we now know precisely how young the new Webhead will be.
Speaking to Empire magazine, Watts was forthcoming about the direction he and Marvel will be taking the character in for the latest reboot. “We’re really going to see Peter Parker in high school and get deeper into that side of it. He’s just 15 now.”
While it’s nice to have confirmation on Spider-Man’s age, the real meat of the interview lies with Watt’s details regarding the new origin story:”There are only so many times you can kill Uncle Ben.” As even the most casual Spider-Man fan will tell you, the death of Uncle Ben is the primary instigator for putting Peter on the path to becoming a superhero. However, we’ve now seen two separate Uncle Ben deaths in feature films, so it’s refreshing to see the film’s creative team going in a different direction this time out.
You can catch 15-year-old Spider-Man next year in Captain America: Civil War, which releases May 6, 2016.