Spiderman made his first appearance in the Marvel Cinematic Universe in “Captain America: Civil War” but Peter Parker was in the MCU long before that.
Well, guess what: turns out that insane fan theory was right (or at least it’s being retconned into being right) and that is in fact little Peter Parker doing his best to protect the world from an army of robots. Peter Parker was 5 when Tony Stark said ‘I’m Iron Man.’ He was 9 when aliens showed up in New York City, battling the Avengers.
He’s referring to a moment near the end of Iron Man 2 when a young boy wearing an Iron Man mask at the Stark Expo stands up to Hammer drone.
It’s a scene where a kid nearly fights a big robot – before Iron Man swoops in to save him. According to a report from Collider, the actor confirmed what fans have been saying since Iron Man 2 about Peter Parker being a part of the MCU. Before flying off, Stark says, “nice work, kid”.
Holland told The Huffington Post that he asked Kevin Feige, the head of Marvel Studios, about the theory, and Feige confirmed it.
While Marvel might have been hoping to gain the rights to Spider-Man back since Iron Man 2, they didn’t reach their deal to share rights to the character until 2015. In fact, the actor said that he actually really likes the idea that his character, Peter Parker, has been a part of this universe since almost the beginning. In support of their idea that the boy was Peter, theorists cited Parker’s age in Spider-Man: Homecoming, which matches up nicely with how the child would have aged.
After confirming the long-held fan theory, Tom Holland said that he may have offered up a, “big, old spoiler”, but at this point this is a story that has been around for years and really now that the information is out there it is simply another cool facet of the MCU.
We have yet to hear from Feige himself on the matter, but congratulations to him and the rest of the Marvel crew for secretly planting Spidey in the MCU all those years ago – or, more likely, catching wind of that fan theory and doing a little on-the-fly retconning to blow our easily dazzled minds.