Spider-Man makes his Marvel Cinematic Universe debut in next year's Captain America: Civil War, and Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige said that the wall-crawler will be a "totally different kind of superhero" amidst the packed ensemble cast.
"I think Spider-man can serve great purpose in our universe and that's where he belongs," Feige said during an event promoting the home video release of Avengers: Age of Ultron (via IGN). "That was what was unique about him in the comics was not that he was the only superhero in the world; it's that he was a totally different kind of superhero when compared against all the other ones in the Marvel universe at the time."
Feige said that although the deal with Sony to incorporate Spider-Man into the M.C.U. wasn't made until February, it's something that's been talked about at Marvel Studios "for a long time."
"Making that agreement ... was great, and was really amazing, and on a personal level making these movies, it means a lot because I think we can do great things with Spider-Man," said Feige, who early on in his career worked on Sam Raimi's original Spider-Man. "This has been a dream of ours for a long time. We always had contingency plans, which we always do anyway. Are we going to be able to make another deal with this actor? If so, we're going to do this; if not, we're going to do this. If we get the rights to a certain character, that's great; we're going to do this. If not, we're going to do this. We always sort of operate under those various alternate timelines available and ready to shift if something happens."
Although Spider-Man has been confirmed as debuting in Captain America: Civil War before heading up his own solo film in 2017, Feige stated that the latter is much more important than any M.C.U. connectivity.
"...The most important thing as a standalone is relaunching Spider-Man in his own standalone movie with his own storylines that fits into this universe," said the Marvel Studios' President. "That is job number one for us. ... The connectivity is great, but it doesn't drive the train."
Captain America: Civil War opens in theaters May 6, 2016, while the untitled Spider-Man film is due out July 28, 2017.