As I am sure you all know, there has been a ton of speculation on Spidey's return to Marvel thanks to the hacker group, Guardians of Peace (GoP). The series of leaked information included e-mails from multiple employees, Amy Pascal (Sony Picture Chief) and correspondence to and from Marvel executives about the current state of Spider-Man and the possibilities of his return.
Unfortunately, it seemed as if those talks had died off, due to the fact that they just couldn't close the deal. Both studios were not able to come to terms on said deal. However, I wouldn't close the case on this yet, as there may still be a glimmer of hope down the road. Obviously, it is much too late to have Spidey play a role in Captain America: Civil War, but that does not mean all is lost. So, for the sake of this post, lets just assume that Marvel will regain control of Spider-Man. Many people have been theorizing and speculating on the manner in which Marvel will work Spidey into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The way I see it, there are 3 ways to fit him into the current MCU.
1. The Alternate/Parallel Universe Theory (This seems to be popular amongst most people, but this is more of a last resort, in my opinion).
The first portion of this theory comes from the want of, some, fans to see a new Spider-Man. The sad truth is that some people are getting tired of seeing Peter Parker portrayed on the big screen. This is due, mainly, to the issue that Sony has not been able to really get it right.
The Raimi Spidey's weren't bad, but they weren't great and, well, we all know whats going on with the current Spidey movies. Nevertheless, some people want to shake things up. So, in order to work this in, the use of a parallel or alternate universe may be handy. Obviously, Marvel wouldn't have to use a parallel/Alternate universe to use Miles Morales, but if they wanted to use the real source material, they should. If they didn't use the parallel/alternate universe for Miles, he can just as easily be worked in as the ONLY Spider-Man, therefore there wouldn't be a need to have him come from a different universe.
The second part of this theory doesn't use Mile Morales, at all. This part only uses the element of a parallel/alternate universe. Some people have been speculating that Marvel will have Peter Parker come from a parallel universe (possibly the Spider-People?). This could also open the door for other Spidey related characters. As to how they plan on extracting them from the parallel/alternate universe, let's leave that up to the writers.
2. Start Over
Now, before you say anything, it is obvious that Marvel will have to start fresh with a new Spider-Man, actor-wise. By start over, I mean start Spidey's journey all over again. Make it so he is a new hero, after the events that occurred with the Avengers in New York.
Have Peter Parker be bit by the spider shortly after and make his journey to becoming a hero start there. This will give Marvel the opportunity to work him into future stories. Obviously, it is a disappointment that he will not be present in Civil War, as he is one of the central figures in the storyline. However, using the Black Panther as a replacement is a good fill-in. So, even though Spidey won't be present in that movie, he can be utilized in many other ways moving forward.
3. Use the Ultimate Spider-Man Cartoon Series as A Solution
This is my favorite way to include Spidey into the current MCU (and since I haven't seen anybody else use this theory, I am going to take credit for thinking of it). Now, I am not saying to jump off of this series in the continuity. What I am saying is to use ONE element from the series. If Marvel wants to have Spidey as an already established character, this could be the way to do it.
Spidey should be a S.H.I.E.L.D. trainee, like he is in the Ultimate Spider-Man series.
This would enable Marvel to explain his whereabouts during the events in New York and any other things he may have missed out on. The simple explanation could be something along the lines of "Spider-Man was not in the battle of New York because he was a S.H.I.E.L.D. trainee at the time". Because he was just a kid when he got his powers, this is the perfect cover. S.H.I.E.L.D. found out about Spider-Man and brought him in because they did not want a kid running around with his abilities and possibly getting himself killed and such. (This could also be an after-the-credits scene for a Spidey origin movie, if they do one. Show him get his powers, build his web-slingers and take on a very minor villain and, at the end, show him get recruited by S.H.I.E.L.D.).
He didn't help during the battle of New York because he was still relatively new to his powers and SH.I.E.L.D. kept him away from it. By the time Spidey returns to Marvel (if he does at all), it will be a few years after the battle of New York and Spidey would have had enough training, and matured enough, to become a real hero, like the Avengers. At this point, they would introduce him to the team. I almost forgot, if Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. lasts for a while longer, they could name drop Spidey as a trainee that they have had stored away at a secret facility during the Hydra takeover.
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