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Peter Parker was 5 years old when Tony Stark said “I am Iron Man” to a shocked public. We've watched the Marvel Cinematic Universe unfold over the past decade since Iron Man first hit screens in 2008, and Peter Parker has been watching, too, from inside the MCU.
That's how Kevin Feige explained away Peter Parker's MCU origin onstage in Las Vegas tonight.
At CinemaCon in Las Vegas, Sony opened the annual theater owner’s convention with a stilted, often awkward, occasionally hilarious two-hour event. There were a couple of highlights, including the first Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle trailer, introduced by the full cast (look for that online soon), and the new full-length Blade Runner 2049 trailer, with Ryan Gosling on hand to gush over shooting the new movie with all-practical sets and props. (Look for that one soon, too.)
Another highlight is the new Spider-Man: Homecoming trailer, which will be online in just hours. The footage shows a lot more about Spidey’s suit and what happens when Iron Man decides to take the tech back from the young hero. Looks like we might see a lot of Tom Holland's Spider-Man jumping around Queens in a homemade outfit after all.
Kevin Feige was on hand to introduce the footage, and he explained how Peter Parker got to the MCU. It’s simple, really. He’s always been there!
“The idea, is this: he’s been there the whole time. 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. And then he was bitten by a radioactive spider…”
...and that ultimately brought us to the point we saw in Civil War.
“So what happens after Civil War,” Feige asked, “when you have to go back to high school? This is the first Spidey film set entirely in high school.” Which, in case you really needed it, explains the whole Homecoming subtitle.
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Any further secrets about Homecoming were kept tightly locked away backstage, but we'll see a lot more when the second trailer goes online.
But the fact that Peter has been around, watching the antics of Marvel heroes in the MCU, is a neat bit of world-building that fits right in with everything Marvel has done so far. It's a minor detail to most, but it helps us understand how he felt to be among all the heroes during Civil War, and how it must have seemed totally insane to fight some of them.
Spider-Man: Homecoming opens on July 7, 2017.