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Russo's Explain Why A Young Spider-Man Is Recruited In Captain America: Civil War

Posted By:Matt McGloin
Thu, 04/28/2016 - 09:49

Who recruits child soldiers for war?

Apparently, Iron Man does.

This is actually an argument we brought up a while ago: Why would an "Avenger" recruit a 15-year-old kid for battle?

While it seems odd for Tony Stark to be using a 15-year-old for combat in the form of Peter Parker, the Russo brothers explain their reasoning behind using Spider-Man in Captain America: Civil War (other than it's really cool). 

Joe and Anthony Russo offered the following at the UK premiere (via Screen Rant).

Warning: Spoilers follow.

“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. 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. 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. You 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.”

“It’s still very irresponsible,” joked fellow director Anthony Russo.

"Captain America: Civil War" has  a May 6, 2016 release date directed by Anthony and Joe Russo starring Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Elizabeth Olsen, Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie, Frank Grillo, Paul Bettany, Don Cheadle, Emily VanCamp, William Hurt, Martin Freeman and Chadwick Boseman as Black Panther.


Captain America: Civil War picks up where Avengers: Age of Ultron left off, as Steve Rogers leads the new team of Avengers in their continued efforts to safeguard humanity. After another international incident involving the Avengers results in collateral damage, political pressure mounts to install a system of accountability and a governing body to determine when to enlist the services of the team. The new status quo fractures the Avengers while they try to protect the world from a new and nefarious villain.