If Tom Holland has his way, Spider-Man’s history in the Marvel Cinematic Universe will be a lot longer than what we got in Captain America: Civil War.
Speaking with Huffington Post about Spider-Man: Homecoming, Holland seemed to confirm a longstanding fan theory about one of the earliest Marvel Cinematic films, Iron Man 2. That theory states that a small boy in an Iron Man helmet, who faces down one of the Iron Bots during the Stark Expo, is actually a young Peter Parker.
“I can confirm that, that is Peter Parker,” Holland said. “I can confirm that as of today. I literally had a conversation with Kevin Feige only 20 minutes ago. Maybe I’ve just done a big, old spoiler, but it’s out there now. It’s cool. I like the idea that Peter Parker has been in the universe since the beginning.”
Of course, this being revealed by a star in an interview of course does not instantly make this theory canon but it’s nice to know that Holland also likes the idea of Peter Parker having a deeper history in this universe. It’s very possible that there might be confirmation of this theory from Marvel President Kevin Feige or even within the film itself.
Since that film came out in 2010, around five years before Sony and Marvel reached their deal to share Spider-Man, it’s very unlikely that Feige, director Jon Favreau and the rest at Marvel ever planned for that boy to be Peter. Yet, since the kid wears a helmet the entire time & is never named it’s a theory that could easily be retroactively confirmed and made canon if the powers that be choose to do so.
With this film establishing a mentor style relationship between Tony Stark & Peter Parker & with Peter’s science background it makes sense he’d be at the expo which took place in Queens, where he lives.
Directed by Jon Watts, Spider-Man: Homecoming stars Holland, Marisa Tomei, Robert Downey Jr., Michael Keaton, Jon Favreau, Zendaya, Donald Glover, Martin Starr, Kenneth Choi, Michael Chernus and many many more. The film arrives in theaters on July 7, 2017.