Although Captain America is the titular star of Captain America: Civil War, the inclusion of an all-new Spider-Man is one of the most talked about moments in advance of the films release. And now co-director Joe Russo has come out explaining why Iron Man (played by Robert Downey Jr.) recruits Spider-Man (Tom Holland) into this Avengers in-fighting.
"Look, there's a certain narcissism to the character and Tony doesn't want to lose this fight, and at the same time I think he also sees Spider-Man as the greatest living non-lethal weapon," Russo told ScreenRant. " If you’re going out to capture a bunch of people who you don’t necessarily want to hurt, you couldn’t ask for a better character than Spider-Man to take with you."
"He does show up and illustrate that Spider-Man, he knows how powerful he is," adds the co-director. "In a video we see Spider-Man stopping a car moving 40 miles an hour, where he catches it and puts it back on the ground, so I think he believes that he’s taking with him perhaps one of the most powerful characters in the Marvel universe, and I think he feels like the kid will be well-protected under his tutelage."
While Russo doesn't touch upon any moral implications of Tony Stark essentially bringing in Spider-Man as a 'child soldier' in effect, he does say that the elder industrialist acts as a mentor to the high school-aged superhero.
" ou also find out in that sequence, when things go wrong the kid says, ‘What do I do?’ and Tony says, ‘Keep your distance, web ’em up.’ So he’s obviously mentored the kid for what’s about to go down."
Anthony Russo, who co-directs Captain America: Civil War with his brother, adds that he still believes, "It's still very irresponsible."
It's been confirmed that Robert Downey Jr. will will appear as Iron Man/Tony Stark in the subsequent Spider-Man: Homecoming.
Captain America: Civil War opens in theaters May 6.