So as it turns out, Spidey’s not going to be a major player in Infinity War.
This will no doubt disappoint longtime fans of the character who’d been hoping for Peter Parker to have a decent chunk of screen time, especially as a trip to outer space is the perfect opportunity to set up Spidey’s symbiote suit (which could tie into the Venom movie, or perhaps it won’t because Sony doesn’t seem to be able to decide on whether the franchise is even connected to the MCU in the first place).
According to Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige, alas, Spider-Man won’t be playing an enormous role in Infinity War.
“I think it might feel bigger a little bit because of Homecoming and because of what people know from it, but it’s about on par with [Civil War].”
Well, that’s a shame, right? We’d all been looking forward to seeing Spidey take the starring role in an Avengers movie, trading blows with Thanos and providing quips throughout the entire film.
That said, it’s really for the best that we won’t be getting more Spider-Man. This one character is great, but there’s a lot to squeeze into Infinity War, and too much wall-crawling might end up distracting audiences from the main focus of the movie.
In addition to featuring Spider-Man, Infinity War will also see the Avengers (both Tony Stark’s team, and Captain America’s team), the Guardians of the Galaxy, Doctor Strange, and even Captain Marvel, all vying for screen time in an incredibly crowded movie.
It’s going to be a busy movie, and therein lies the big challenge for directors Anthony and Joe Russo. In order to make this film work from a story perspective, the pair need to focus on the key characters that matter the most to the story.
At present, it’s worth assuming that those characters will be the big key Avengers, plus perhaps some of the Guardians. Tony Stark’s story arc is drawing to a close, as is Captain America’s, and Thor’s, if only due to contract expirations. Nebula and Gamora will need some good screen time to deal with their relationship to Thanos, as will Drax, who is seeking revenge on the Mad Titan.
There’s a lot going on in this movie, so it’s no wonder there are two films being shot back to back that deal with outer space Avenger fun.
Put simply, there’s just not a lot of room for little Peter Parker, when so many other big players are more important to the movie’s plot.
Besides, Spider-Man has never really worked as a member of a team anyway.
The perpetual outsider, for the majority of his superhero career in the comics, Spidey has been an ancillary, street-level character. While the Fantastic Four, Avengers, and even the X-Men deal with the big, world-shaking events, Spidey is just a guy from Queens who’s got mixed up in everything, and who’ll help out where necessary, but who isn’t going to save the day.
This formula works because Spider-Man is, generally, a nicely relatable hero. He’s very human and grounded, in a way that many Avengers simply are not.
Instead of more Spider-Man in Infinity War or even Avenger 4, we’ll see him pop up for a few scenes, and then head back to his own movie franchise to gush about how cool the experience was. This way, his story can be told without being rushed, and he’s not getting in the way of any emotional Robert Downey Jr character scenes.
Besides, the last thing Marvel wants is for people to get sick of Spider-Man. With six movie appearances under his belt and another on the way next month, that’s a very real possibility!