Spider-Man: Far From Home is just around the corner, so let’s recap everything you need to know about the MCU’s version of the famous web-slinger!
The MCU didn’t give us a Spider-Man origin story, probably since it’s already been done on the big screen twice before. The earliest we see Peter Parker is in Iron Man 2, after a fan theory was confirmed by Tom Holland himself. Young Peter Parker is seen wears a toy Iron Man mask standing up to a drone before Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) takes it out. Parker lives with his Aunt May (Marisa Tomei) as they reside in Queens, New York.
Captain America: Civil War – Joining Team Iron Man
We first see Tom Holland’s portrayal of Spider-Man halfway through Captain America: Civil War after Tony Stark/Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) confronts him about his secret identity. Stark gives him an upgraded suit which he first uses during the Airport Battle scene, as he steals Cap’s shield from him after Tony famously yells, “Underoos!” He takes on the rest of Team Cap as he manages to take down the Falcon (Anthony Mackie), the Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan) and Ant-Man (Paul Rudd)
We see more of his entrance into the superhero world during the beginning of his solo film, Spider-Man: Homecoming as Parker excitedly vlogs his trip to the airport and back with Happy Hogan (Jon Favreau).
Spider-Man: Homecoming – Defeating the Vulture
Every superhero has his/her supervillain, and for Peter Parker, his happened to be the father of his high school crush, Adrian Toomes/Vulture (Michael Keaton). Parker spends the beginning of the movie anxious for a phone call from Happy regarding his next mission (that does not actually arrive). After school, Peter immediately dons his upgraded Spider-Man suit that was given to him in Civil War. This causes Peter to skip school because he felt like he could be needed by the Avengers at any moment.
This leads Peter to his battle with the Vulture, despite Tony telling him to wait and stay put. Peter doesn’t listen and decides to take on the Vulture and his entire weapons business, where he unfortunately risks civilian lives and botches a FBI operation to capture the supervillain,
Peter shows his true determination and heroism as Tony takes back the upgraded suit, with the iconic line:
If you’re nothing without this suit, then you shouldn’t have it.
After finding out the identity of the Vulture, and despite only having his homemade suit, Peter still attempts to save the day.
He eventually finds the Vulture’s lair which collapses on him as he villain escapes. Through sheer force and willpower, Peter manages to lift all of the rubble on top of him and catches up to Toomes before he steals from Tony Stark’s unmanned plane. He ends up taking down the Vulture, saving the day, and is given the opportunity to upgrade his suit to the Iron Spider suit. Parker declines, saying all he wants is to be the “Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man”.
Avengers: Infinity War – Going to Space
A few years later, Thanos’ forces attack New York City, and Peter comes to the rescue of Iron Man (who was dealing with Cull Obsidian). Peter attaches on to a Q-Ship heading into space, before Tony attempts to send him back to Earth with the Iron Spider suit. Peter surprisingly hangs on and they later on enter the Q-Ship in a mission to rescue Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) and the Time Stone, before ending up on Titan (Thanos’ home planet).
Spider-Man arrives on Titan with Iron Man and Dr. Strange as they believe they can take down Thanos (Josh Brolin) when he least expects it. After a not-so-friendly confrontation with the Guardians of the Galaxy (who are also looking to take down Thanos and find Gamora), the two parties decide to team up. Strange looks into the future and sees 14,000,605 possible outcomes, and only 1 in which they emerge victorious. This is when they begin their planning to defeat the Mad Titan.
Despite their best efforts, Thanos proved to be too powerful, already wielding 4 of the 6 Infinity Stones. Dr. Strange gives up the Time Stone, Thanos heads to Earth and collects the Mind Stone, and eventually snaps, dusting away half of all life in the universe in what is known as the “Decimation”. Spider-Man fades away in Tony’s arms, along with the rest of the Guardians of the Galaxy (except for Nebula) and Dr. Strange.
Avengers: Endgame – Finally Beating Thanos
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After the Avengers’ quest to collect all 6 infinity stones from different moments in time, Hulk manages to bring back everyone that perished on the fateful day of the Decimation, including Peter Parker. Spider-Man eventually joins the final battle of the movie, along with the rest of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes. Spider-Man manages to grab the Infinity Gauntlet in the wild “gauntlet football” scene before passing it over to Captain Marvel (Brie Larson), and even activated Instant Kill mode to take down some of Thanos’ army.
The most heartbreaking scene of the movie came with the sacrifice of Tony Stark, who was in a way, Peter’s father figure and role model. Peter was right there beside him when Stark died, similar to how it was the other way around in Avengers: Infinity War. Peter also attended Stark’s funeral (with Aunt May) at the end of the film, and eventually rejoined Ned (Jacob Batalon) and his other classmates back in his old school.
What We Know So Far About Spider-Man: Far From Home
Spider-Man: Far From Home will revolve around Peter’s trip to Europe with his classmates, bringing the webslinger to a different continent. While in Europe, he is recruited by Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) to fight elemental monsters bringing all sorts of chaos. He teams up with Quentin Beck (Jake Gyllenhaal), aka Mysterio. In the comics, Mysterio is a notorious Spider-Man villain who uses special effects to make him look like a hero, when in reality, he is the one creating the villains.
Most fans are speculating that Quentin Beck will end up being the main villain of the movie, despite the trailer making him seem like a hero. Tom Holland has described Beck as Peter’s older brother, and one who helps him comes to terms with his superhero life. We’ll have to wait to watch the movie and find out if Mysterio is a villain like his comics counterpart, or if the MCU will give him a complete makeover.
Furthermore, the movie will also focus on Peter getting over Tony Stark’s death and sacrifice in Avengers: Endgame, and Spider-Man taking up more responsibility as a superhero, as Nick Fury tells him that “the world needs the next Iron Man.”
The movie also touches on Peter’s relationship with M.J. (Zendaya), who will most likely end up being his romantic interest based on the trailer. She is revealed to known about Peter being Spider-Man, much to Peter’s surprise.
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