There was no shortage of enjoyable moments in Captain America: Civil War, but perhaps the greatest part of the story was the introduction of Tom Holland’s Spider-Man into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Hollands’ portrayal of the web-slinging superhero was hailed across the world as the finest iteration of the character, cementing his status immediately and wowing during his 30 minutes on screen.
Everyone loved Spider-Man in Civil War, right? Well, that’s what we thought. It turns out that Russian audiences were actually very unhappy with the voice actor who dubbed Spidey in the film. According to CinemaBlend, the actor was so young that it ruined the character, making him sound ten years old.
Sayeth CinemaBlend: This outrage and disappointment with Peter Parker’s Russian dub has led to Russian audiences starting a petition on change.org urging the studio to change the voice actor for future installments of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. At the point of writing this story, the petition has garnered a total of 1,188 supporters out of the goal 1,5000 signatures.
The petition read: “Replace the dubbing actor for Spider-Man in future movies of Marvel Studios,” reads the petition: 1,096 people have already signed it out of 1,500 that are needed for the petition to be sent to Neva, a Russian company that dubbed Civil War and is likely to do future Marvel movies featuring Spider-Man.
“This is important because Spider-Man’s [Russian] voice didn’t absolutely correspond to the character,” one of the signees commented on the petition website. “Okay, he is a school kid, but that doesn’t mean he has to sound like a 10 year old.”
“In recent years, movies haven’t been dubbed well in Russia,” noted another signee. “Mostly, there are problems with translation, but sometimes wrong dubbing actors are selected, and viewers have to hear them for the entire movie.”
We’ll see how this plays out. We’re just glad we got to see Spidey as Tom Holland, as it was intended.