Spider-Man is one of the most beloved superheroes of all time and you would be hard pressed to find anyone that doesn’t enjoy the charm of his story. Peter Parker is the average nerd that gets bitten by a radioactive spider to get the super powers that makes him Spider-Man. A life without his parents, but the love of his uncle and aunt, adds a human element that all superheroes need for a reader or viewer to connect. Spider-Man has that in his advantage, but the story hasn’t always been done in the best of ways in the movie world to satisfy fans.
Sam Raimi’s trilogy in the 2000s was a huge success in the box office but it had a great deal of flaws. Spider-Man 3 is legendary for the horrible writing involved in the final product. The next big screen version of the Spidey franchise saw Andrew Garfield try his luck as Peter Parker in The Amazing Spider-Man films. The films were met with complete disappointment from fans and luckily future projects involving the story were scrapped. Marvel made the blockbuster move to get rights to the future movies of Spider-Man under the Marvel Cinematic Universe umbrella and that started in Captain America: Civil War.
Civil War featured Tony Stark recruiting Peter Parker to join Iron Man’s side of the “war” against Captain America and the rebels. With the solo movie of Spider-Man: Homecoming debuting in 2017, the scenes in Civil War gave us an insight into what to expect next year. Spidey making an appearance in Civil War was done rather quickly and in surprising fashion. The 19-year-old Tom Holland scored the acting role of a lifetime as Peter in the MCU Spider-Man films. We’ll take a look at some of the details established in Captain America: Civil War and ten things it taught us about Spider-Man: Homecoming.
10. Spider-Man is a Teenager
The age of Peter Parker was not officially revealed in terms of a specific number, but it was made clear that he’s a teenager. The young age of Parker is shown with his youthful exuberance in dealing with the other superheroes during the battle. Parker replies to Tony Stark initially asking him to join Iron Man’s side by stating he had “homework” to get done. The time frame would assume he is still in high school and not yet a legal adult. This follows the normal Spider-Man story of Peter getting his powers as a teenager. We weren’t sure when exactly in Spidey’s life we would see the movie take place, but he’s definitely going to be a youngster.
9. He’s Had Powers for Six Months Around The Time of Civil War
Tony Stark shows footage of Spider-Man swinging around town protecting civilians when approaching Peter Parker. Once Parker admits to being Spidey, he lets Stark know that he gained his powers about six months ago. The work of Spider-Man is generally subpar for what he would become at this point in his life before Stark helps improve his costume and technology. We don’t know at exactly which point in the MCU timeline the movie will take place but it’s very likely we will the carry-over from the events in the big superhero fight. Peter’s life likely sees a change in this part of the story and we’ll get to find out what happened.
8. He’s A Massive Nerd
One of the constants of every Spider-Man adaptation is Peter Parker being a huge nerd in his real life. The Amazing Spider-Man series strayed away from that a little bit with Andrew Garfield showing very few signs of being a nerd aside from wearing glasses and being shy. Civil War provided all the proof you need that this will be the nerdiest version of Peter Parker we have ever seen in a major film. Spider-Man makes corny jokes during the big fight and struggles to keep his cool when coming mask to mask with other fellow superheroes. Marvel is doubling down and tapping into the core of who Peter Parker is.
7. Only One Person Knows Peter is Spider-Man
The one person to know Spider-Man’s secret identity is Tony Stark. When asked about the list of people to know who he is truly is, Peter Parker reveals that no one is aware of the big secret but Stark. The story of Spider-Man is usually Parker trying his best to keep the identity under wraps. One of the more bizarre things about The Amazing Spider-Man films was Peter letting multiple people know he is Spidey very shortly into his tenure as a secret superhero. It will be highly unlikely that anyone in Parker’s life gets in on the secret for Civil War unless Stark becomes his new uncle.
6. Aunt May is Hot and Tony Stark Knows it
The big controversy in the casting of Spider-Man: Homecoming was Marisa Tomei playing the role of Aunt May. The aunt of Peter Parker is typically older in age and more of a grandmotherly figure. Tomei is old enough to play an aunt at the age of 51 but her dazzling looks provides a weird visual dynamic given the preconceptions of how Aunt May looks. The scene in Civil War poked fun at the criticism of the casting by having Tony Stark commenting on May’s looks and May saying aunts “comes in all shapes and forms.” Stark continues to make note of Aunt May’s unusual good looks as the new face of the character in the series when convincing Parker to join him in battle.
5. Tony Stark is his New Mentor
The Civil War story shows Tony Stark taking Spider-Man under his wing by helping with his technology for superhero life and showing an interest in him in real life. Peter Parker is star struck when seeing Stark in his living room talking to Aunt May about a fictitious grant. Stark is known as Iron Man in the MCU so the most famous superhero taking an interest in him showed the fandom of Parker. We will likely see more of the relationship between Stark and Parker in Homecoming. The Spider-Man suit was a bit of a mess before Stark entered the picture with improvements and he may help Parker out more in the next movie.
4. He’s a Big Fan of Captain America
The crossovers in all of the MCU films are very important to the overall story. Everything is connected and any relationship established will likely resurface in the future. During the epic battle between the two teams of superheroes, Spider-Man tells Captain America that he is a big fan despite being on opposite ends. The hilarious moment of the two bonding over their love of New York boroughs left us wanting more chat between them and we may just get it. Chris Evans has stated his desire to appear in the Homecoming movie as Cap and it is very possible it will happen.
3. He’s Strong Enough to Fight Avengers
Spider-Man is very young and relatively inexperienced in his new hobby of fighting crime but he’s quite effective. Peter Parker is by far the youngest superhuman involved in the big Civil War fight but manages to hold his own. While it should be an easy feat for someone with superpowers, the Avengers are the best of the best. Spider-Man got the advantage against Captain America, Falcon and The Winter Soldier at various points in the fight. The most impressive feat is referencing that “really old” Empire Strikes Back movie in finding way to stop Giant Man. Parker has tapped into his strength enough to match up against the top fighters in the MCU.
2. We Will See the Origin Story Yet Again
Some of us may be sick of the origin story of Spider-Man once again being shown on the big screen but it is bound to happen in Homecoming. We don’t know if the entire film will revolve around the tale of Peter Parker’s introduction to his powers but one quote from Civil War is very pivotal to the story. Parker tells Tony Stark “it’s a long story” on how he got his powers from the spider biting him. That kind of line is very blatant in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and we’ll once again see the early days of Spider-Man. Hopefully the Civil War tie-in progresses into another chapter of his life and we don’t have to watch Uncle Ben die one more time.
1. Marvel Has Saved Spider-Man From Sony
The shocking news of Spider-Man being a property of the Marvel Cinematic Universe rather than a Sony product on the big screen created optimism for all comic book fans. Sony did a poor job with the franchise in many ways that broke the hearts of Spider-Man fans but Marvel is here to save the day. There was some fear of Peter Parker once again being too far removed from the comic character we are all used to but they finally got it right. Parker is the perfect mix of snark, nerd and heart all under one red suit. Marvel showed enough in Civil War to give us full faith that the Spider-Man franchise will finally thrive in the box office.