Spider-Man John Hughes Style


We recently heard from Marvel Studios’ head, and senior geek, Kevin Feige that the new Spider-Man will do its best to emulate the John Hughes films of the 1980s. What does this, really rather specific frame of reference mean we can expect from the new series of films? What does it tell us about Captain America Civil War and specifically Spidey’s role in that film? And will we ever see Spider-Man on the little screen? Read on to find out…

If you know who John Hughes is then you’ll have an idea what Mr. Feige means when he says the new movies will be aiming for that tone. If you don’t know who John Hughes is then stop reading his immediately and go watch The Breakfast Club and then come back. We will wait for you…

Ok, you back? Right so as a man of, ahem,a certain age, i can tell you this: ‘80s teenagers and 90’ teenagers are very different things, and post millennials are a breed all of their own, so I’m assuming when Kevin Feige claims he wants a john Hughes feel to the new Spidey movies, he really means he wants 1980’s style teenagers doing1980’s style teenager’s stuff. Going to school, trying to fit in, becoming super powered wallcrawling man-spiders and asking the hottest girl out on a date. In the '80s. the teenagers in the John Hughes movies were dealing with teenager issues; being spotty, unpopular, having a low GPA, being ignored by the girl of their dreams. They were real, identifiable and ultimately sympathetic characters. The '90s, on the other hand had TV shows and movies that featured 25 year old teenagers and 35 year old parents. The teenagers were worldly wise, engaged with school politics, running the student news paper, and generally taking themselves too seriously. They’d sit at the end of a pier stroking their whispy chin beards, trying to solve the world’s biggest problems. '80s teens just wanted to dodge school, get high or laid or both. 90’s teen wanted to order a juice at jazz concert and quote…zzzzzz



Sorry I dozed off there. It seems like post millenial teens were all vampires or werewolves, all moody and sullen, staring creepily after the hot girl one tenth their age. And they have big hair. In short, ‘80s teenagers rule.

A John Hughes style Spider-Man would do something important. It would allow a teenage Peter Parker to be a teenager. It will allow him to have typical teenage problems and take them seriously. He doesn’t need to be burdened with glorious purpose, he just needs to struggle to juggle his schoolwork with his extra curricular activities. With a teenage Peter struggling to find himself it might reframe Spidey as his chance to be a rock star, web slinging his way through New York, cracking wise and skulls in equal measure. That’s what I think Mr. Feige means by a John Hughes style Spider-Man. It’ll be fun for us to see Peter let loose in the red and blue tights, without ever weeping over his Uncle or his parents, or MJ or Gwen. As he has fun, so will we…



So what could that mean for his first appearance in Captain America Civil War? Well, and needless to say SPOILERS for a comic book here, Spidey reveals that he is really a kid named Peter Parker in the book, and I mean reveals it to the world. This simply cant happen in the movie. With the first Spider-Movie coming after Civil War, there is no way Marvel will reveal Peter’s identity publicly because it robs them of the chance to play with the secret identity in the standalone Spider-Man films. So we know that Civil War will feature Spidey, but Peter may only reveal himself to Tony, Cap or both, but never the public. It does beg the question; just how far away from the comic books are they going to go?



Finally, will we ever see Spidey on TV? Not so long ago i was speculating that it’d be a great move for Marvel to reboot Spidey inside Daredevil. They share the page in certain stories, why not the screen? Well Kevin Feige has revealed that no, that probably won’t happen, the deal with Sony is quite specific. That doesn’t mean things won’t flow the other way though. So maybe at some point we will see Daredevil, The Punisher or Fisk in a Spider-Man film. Maybe even the Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. For my money id like to see Daredevil and Spidey get into adventures together, but i think that may be some way off yet…

What do you expect to see from the first appearance of Spider-Man? Do you feel that a “John Hughes” style Spider-Man is a good thing? Let us know in the comments below.

Thanks for reading 

Marc