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Now, there aren't too many things more exciting than a major announcement from Marvel, and Monday night's - the revelation that Spider-Man would be coming to the MCU - was up there with the best of them.

It was also, though, just the beginning of the potential excitement-inducing news. After all, we haven't yet found out for sure just what Sony and Marvel have planned for Spider-Man in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

There are, though, a whole lot of possibilities that just opened up for the MCU - including the six below, which we could see happen in the near future.

First up, an obvious one...

6. Civil War Can Now Include Spider-Man

Now, this may seem like a slightly redundant point - and hopefully that's how Marvel feels, too - get rewriting, guys! - but there's no actual guarantee that we'll see Spidey play out his original Civil War role of 'hero torn between two icons.'

It'd be downright peculiar if we didn't now see Cap and Iron Man vying for the young hero's loyalty in Captain America: Civil War - but it's only this deal that's made it a possibility.

5. Venom Could Arrive in the MCU

Now, there's one key reason why Spider-Man existing within the MCU makes a huge difference to Venom (or two, if you include the fact that Sony didn't seem to know what to do with the character): In the comics, Spider-Man's one-time bully, and long-time friend, Flash Thompson ends up being bonded to the Venom symbiote and becomes a hero under the name Agent Venom. And then joins the Guardians of the Galaxy.

Now, if that isn't a plot arc waiting to happen (say, symbiote arrives in Civil War, Spider-Man and Venom duke it out in Spidey's solo movie, Venom turns good-ish in Guardians 3?) then I don't know what is...

4. New York Can Take It's Proper Place at the Center of the MCU

Now, in the MCU, New York has retained a key role - The Avengers' climax, set in the city, was one of the most iconic moments in Marvel movie-dom thus far - but it's still retained a whole lot less importance than it has in the comics.

A big part of that has to do with its association with Spider-Man - with the webslinger arguably being the hero most associated with The Big Apple. With Spidey arriving soon, and Daredevil, Jessica Jones and a host of other New York-based heroes on their way, the city might well finally be set to re-find it's place at the heart of the Marvel Universe.

3. Spider-Woman Becomes a Logical Next Step

After all, Jessica Drew - a.k.a. Spider-Woman - is one of the best linking fibers between Spider-Man and The Avengers.

Add in the hero's past role in The Avengers - and long history with HYDRA - and you've got yourself a natural next female superhero to introduce.

She just so happens to be best buds with Captain Marvel, too - secondary lead for 2018's solo movie, anyone?

2. Aunt May Could Cross Over

Now, I'll be honest, I mostly just want to see this happen because - in the comics - she totally ends up dating Jarvis. Now, that whole story-line ended up being part of an evil Skrull plot, and the MCU version of the Avengers' butler is Stark's computer, J.A.R.V.I.S. - but a guy can dream, can't he? A Vision/Aunt May/Scarlet Witch love triangle, anyone?

And, finally, my personal favorite...

1. We Could Finally See J.K. Simmons as J. Jonah Jameson Again

Yup, that's right, there's every reason to believe J. Jonah Jameson could return to the Spider-Man franchise - and, accordingly, arrive in the MCU.

Now, if Jameson returns, there's no real reason J.K. Simmons couldn't return too - especially seeing as the actor just revealed that it's very much on the cards...

And seeing as Simmons' Jameson was one of the most beloved parts of the original Spider-Man movies, what better way to get all of us fans on board with a new direction than by bringing him back? That's the sort of logic that has Marvel Studios written all over it...

What do you guys think, though? What do you think the Spider-Man deal will lead to in the MCU - and what do you want to happen?



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