SPIDER-MAN Director Reveals PETER's Age, Origin Story & UNCLE BEN

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Tom Holland in 'How I Live Now'
Tom Holland in 'How I Live Now'
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We've known for some time that Marvel's upcoming Spider-Man reboot would not be an origin story, and would feature a high school aged Peter Parker. Now, the film's director, Jon Watts, has shed some light on exactly what age Peter will be, and what fans can expect from his version of everyone's friendly neighborhood wall-crawler.

“I love the idea of making a coming-of-age high-school movie,” Watts told Empire (via Yahoo! UK). “We’re really going to see Peter Parker in high school and get deeper into that side of it. He’s just 15 now.”

Watts also confirmed that the film won't be a standard origin story like previous Spider-Man films, saying “There are only so many times you can kill Uncle Ben.”

Finally, Watts praised the film's young star, Tom Holland, expounding on Holland's acting chops as well as his physical ability. 

“Tom was pretty perfect. He’s very athletic. He can actually do a backflip! If he didn’t already capture the spirit of the character, with that on top the kid is Spider-Man.”

Holland will make his debut as Spider-Man in Captain America: Civil War which hits theaters on May 6, 2016, while the still untitled Spider-Man reboot is scheduled for July 28, 2017.

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