As for some reason, which is solely why the internet exists, rumors were swirling around that Marvel was planning on ditching Peter Parker as Spider-Man to go with Miles Morales. While there are “enlightened” people that think in order for Spider-Man to be relevant anymore he has to be Miles, it would be insane for Marvel to have their shot at Spider-Man and change it completely.
As people have been reading into the text from various publications, Marvel Studios head honcho Kevin Feige made it clear that Peter Parker will be in high school in the upcoming film. This makes absolute sense, especially when you are dealing with two movie studios that are working on this character.
“In terms of the age of an actor we’ll eventually to cast, I don’t know. In terms of the age of what we believe Peter Parker is, I’d say 15-16 is right,” Feige told Collider.
“We want to play with Spider-Man in the high school years because frankly there’ve been five Spider-Man films and the amazing thing about it is, even though there’ve been five Spider-Man films, there are so many things from the comics that haven’t been done yet. Not just characters or villains or supporting characters, but sides to his character. The most obvious being the ‘young, doesn’t quite fit in’ kid before his powers, and then the fella that puts on a mask and swings around and fights bad guys and doesn’t shut up, which is something we want to play with and we’re excited about.”
“I think it was midway through the first film that he graduated high school. At the beginning of the second Marc Webb film, he graduated high school. And some of my favorite Spider-Man arcs and Spider-Man stories, he’s in high school for a lot of it. We want to explore that. That also makes him very, very different from any of our other characters in the MCU, which is something else we want to explore: how unique he is when now put against all these other characters.”
As a fan of the character, many of his personal relationships and trials came from him being in high school. I never truly understood why both series of films were in a rush to get him out of high school. To me, it seemed more in a rush to get him into the photographer than many people remember and not the high schooler than made people love him. This reinvigorates my desire for these movies.