In February 2015, the unthinkable happened. Spider-Man was officially agreed to become part of the MCU. An idea many fans hadn’t dared dream of became a reality and Spider-Man ended up featuring in the 2016 box office smash Captain America: Civil War.
But it didn’t stop there: Sony and Marvel then began work on Spider-Man: Homecoming which meant still keeping ol’ webhead under the MCU umbrella for just a little bit longer. So now this July you’ll get to see Spider-Man in all his MCU glory… exciting!
One of the biggest draws of the MCU is how all of its films are interconnected. From post-credit hints to characters like Nick Fury and Phil Coulson roaming between movies to the star-studded action packed Avengers movies, each film is part of the MCU story.
So what about Spidey? Where does he fit in? We know he has links to Tony Stark as seen in Civil War but as is always the case with Marvel, there’s a lot more going on under the surface. The latest trailer was the clearest sign of that so far. So… just how does Spider-Man fit into the MCU? Here’s some of the subtle (and not so subtle) ways that he does!
A Stark mentor
The most obvious link is the man that started it all: Anthony Edward Stark. After turning to Spider-Man to provide the back up in Civil War, Tony Stark seems to be a large presence in Homecoming and acts like a mentor to Peter Parker… in his own, unique way, of course.
After giving Peter his suit, Stark is on hand to guide Peter along the way and, as the latest trailer shows, provide a little assistance in the form of Iron Man when Peter gets in over his head.
We also see tension growing between the two as they clash over what Peter’s role as a superhero should be, with Stark wanting him to operate on a smaller, less dangerous scale than Peter seems to want to pursue. Will this tension be resolved in the film? Or will it spill over into other MCU movies? We’ll have to see!
More Chitauri tech!
After being defeated in the Avengers you’d think the Chitauri would no longer be a problem for the MCU heroes. However Baron Strucker was seen with remnants of their alien technology in Avengers: Age of Ultron and now it seems one of Spidey’s foes has gotten his hands on some!
Herman Schultz, better known as Shocker, uses some pretty powerful looking gauntlets in his battles with Spider-Man but upon closer look that purple hue of the tech looks a little familiar. Could it be they were created form more of the Chitauri’s leftover hardware?
The colour and the design points to this being very possible and not the first weapon we’ve seen with Chitauri origins in the MCU timeline. Plus, with Michael Chernus confirmed as the Tinkerer this might not be the last super powered weapon that we see any time soon.
Okay time to play six degrees of separation! What links Captain America: The First Avenger and Spider-Man: Homecoming? Well, one of Captain America’s Howlin’ Commandoes was a Japanese-American soldier named Jim Morita (pictured below). Jim Morita happens to be the grandfather of one Principal Morita (first name as yet unknown) and Principal Morita happens to be the head teacher of the school attended by…Peter Parker!
Okay it wasn’t six degrees but it was still pretty good! Principal Morita is the grandson of Captain America’s ally Jim Morita (trivia: he’s also played by the same actor Kenneth Choi). Now the link here could be just a little nod or it could be much stronger. Is it just coincidence that Morita is Parker’s head teacher? Is he there to watch over Peter? If so, who employed him? Tony Stark? Nick Fury? So many questions but we’ll know soon enough.
One of the biggest signs of Spidey’s fit into the MCU is, well, a sign. The ‘A’ in the Avengers tower is now infamous, so it was one of the first things people recognised in the recently released promo posters for Homecoming.
Are these promo posters just there to whet our appetite or are they hinting towards Spidey maybe running into some other members of the Avengers team? Maybe he goes to see them for some help with his Vulture problem? Whether it plays a part in the movie or they save it for a future film, the idea of Spidey teaming up with the Avengers in some capacity is definitely an exciting prospect. Maybe they’ll save it for the post-credit scene?
Man vs. bird?
Now this last one could be just a throwaway line or it could be hinting at a deeper richer backstory between two major characters.
In the trailer Michael Keaton’s character Adrian Toomes says "The rich and the powerful, like Stark…they don’t care about us". Now maybe he’s just using Tony Stark as an example like we would say Mark Zuckerberg or Bill Gates or maybe, just maybe, this hints at a personal grudge against Stark. Maybe the kind of grudge that would set Adrian Toomes on the path to becoming the Vulture?
The sight of Toomes holding the Iron Man mask adds weight to this theory. Even after turning his company away from munitions and profiteering, Stark remains a savvy and shrewd businessman. Maybe one of his deals affected Toomes badly and his whole mission is to get some form of revenge? If so that would mean a history between the two that predates this film, yet another MCU connection that the film will clarify.
You can find out all the answers when Spider-Man: Homecoming is released in Cineworld cinemas on July 7th.
Marvyn Wilson is a writer who blogs for Cineworld as part of our news team.