Peter Parker Made His First Appearance in Iron Man 2
If there's one thing superfans love, it's inventing shared universes. There's the theory that all the Pixar movies are in the same universe and a more or less confirmed theory that every Quentin Tarantino movie is in the same universe. Now, we already know that all the Marvel movies exist in the same ambitious superhero universe, but it's possible that these connections were even more detailed than we previously thought.
For a few years, fans have speculated that Captain America: Civil War was not Spider-Man's first appearance in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Rather, Spider-Man first showed up as a little kid in Iron Man 2 back in 2010. It's a scene near the end of Iron Man 2, where a kid in an Iron Man mask pretends to shoot at a robot when Iron Man lands next to him, blasts it away, and says, "Nice work, kid."
You never see the kid's face, but since this scene takes place in Queens where Peter Park lives and the ages actually line up, fans have always believed it to be a young Spider-Man. Well, in a new interview with Huffington Post, Tom Holland, who will play Spider-Man in the upcoming Spider-Man: Homecoming has confirmed it.
"It is Peter Parker," he said. "I can confirm that as of today. I literally had a conversation with [Marvel Studios president] 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."
Then, later, in a conversation with Uproxx, director Jon Watts explained how this connection and more could come about.
"I was watching all these other movies and being like, 'What if that little kid at the Stark Expo was Peter Parker? In the Iron Man mask,'" he said. "Like, he'd be about the right age for that. And he loves Tony Stark. 'Oh, what about after the Avengers battle, who would clean that stuff up?' Because they mention damage control at one point in the movie. So it's this thing where, because it's not completely figured out, that you can just go back and basically write fan fiction for those movies, then the fan fiction becomes reality."
This story originally appeared on Esquire.com.
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