With the next Spider-man project underway, director Jon Watts spoke to Den of Geek about the influences for his standalone Spider-man movie. In the interview he talks about the comic books that inspired the way he’s directing the movie due for release in 2017. He said:

“Ultimate is great. I love Ultimate. We have the freedom to pull from anything, but I really like what [Brian Michael] Bendis did. A lot. That felt like… that was Peter Parker back in high school. And, spending as much time with his high school problems as it did with his superhero problems, which I think is really a lot of fun.

“There’s also some really funny comics stuff, like, the Archies. I don’t know if you’ve ever seen the Spider-Man Loves Mary-Jane series, but they have this really great anime-style illustration, and it’s all just about Peter Parker’s relationships. It’s like the soap opera of Peter Parker in high school. Those are really funny, too.

“I’m just sitting around reading comic books all day — it’s a pretty great job.”

So it looks like all the talk of a coming-of-age movie that we’ve been hearing up to now has been pretty accurate. The movie will star Tom Holland in the role of Peter Parker/Spider-Man and Marisa Tomei as Aunt May. Watts’ Spider-Man film is set to be released on July 28th, 2017. Holland will make his first appearance as the web-slinger in Captain America: Civil War, which is due on May 6th, 2016.

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