Oh, where do I begin. I am about to receive large amounts of hate for this. But please, hear me out. Then feel free to unload on me in the comments section(if it's offensive I probably won't read it).
Crazy fan theory time(sort of)!! So I decided to watch Spider-Man 2 on Valentine's Day(I went on a date with a bag of Chewy Sprees) and I noticed a few things that got me interested. Interested in the tiny little details and easter eggs that most people regard as meaningless. However, now that everyone(and I mean everyone) makes up fan theories, these easter eggs become important. Now, let's explain my little theory.
Sam Raimi's Spider-Man trilogy could be connected to the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Yep, I said it. Those three films. The first one everyone loved, the second one everyone loved more, and the third one everyone's trying to forget. But no one can deny the craft of these films, even if the third film was a bit cheesy(emo Peter Parker still haunts me), it wasn't the worst thing to happen to superhero movies. Even if people think Tobey didn't pull off Spider-Man like he did Peter Parker(face it everyone. The reason his Spidey wasn't cocky enough is because the script didn't give him ANYTHING TO SAY while he was in the suit), he was still a great character.
Yes, I like Andrew Garfield more. Yes, Kirsten Dunst is the WORST. And yes, that trilogy ended eight years ago. But if they do, we get a meaningful unmasking in Civil War. We also get back one of the best casting decisions of all time; J. K. Simmons as J. Jonah Jameson.
So, how would this all fit, together you ask? Two main things, which only one of these things is really that important.
Kevin Feige worked on Spider-Man 2
Kevin Feige, that man. He is the brains of and behind the MCU. But wait a minute: Spider-Man 2? That's a SONY movie. What, you don't believe me? Go watch Spider-Man 2 again and pay attention to the opening credits. He's the darn executive producer. Of course, he did the same thing for The Amazing Spider-Man, so that's not saying much.
There's a little reference said by Jameson...
So, I'm sure every MARVEL fan laughed at this. Remember when Jameson and Hoffman are trying to give Doc Ock his name, and then Hoffman says, "Doctor Strange!"
Hahaha, nice joke scriptwriter. Wait, taken? This is where my theory comes in, as far fetched as it may be. There might be a Doctor Strange in this universe. Or rather, a Spider-Man in Doctor Strange's universe A.K.A. the MCU. But the Doctor Strange solo film isn't until 2016, right? Well, yeah. Of course. But here's the catch:
Sam Raimi's trilogy takes place after The Avengers.
Or perhaps, after Captain America: The Winter Soldier. It's crazy, I know, but hear me out for another minute here. My theory states that Sam Raimi's first Spidey film happens at the same time chronologically as Cap 2. So Spider-Man is just now starting work in NYC during(or possibly a little while after) S.H.I.E.L.D.'s downfall. Spider-Man 2 takes place 2 years after Spider-Man.That's 2016. So is Captain America: Civil War and Doctor Strange. So let's say that Spider-Man clashes with Doc Ock a few months before Civil War. That puts the wall crawler on the map for the Avengers, and now the general public loves him even more, making the unmasking scene in Civil War so much more meaningful(trust me, having either Garfield or Maguire do this is important. It has to do with character development and story telling. Y'know, the stuff film nerds like me love). This also means that Spider-Man 2 is after Avengers: Age of Ultron. Then you ask, "Then why wouldn't Spidey help them fight Ultron?" One, the sequel hasn't happened yet. Two, Peter Parker's story is all about responsibility. New York City has basically become his responsibility. He's not leaving NYC at all at this point.
The obvious problems with this theory...
- Tobey Maguire is now 39. He'll be a little old for this continuity idea to be visibly believable.
- Marvel Studios could probably care less about this fan theory.
- Maguire probably doesn't want to be Spider-Man again, due to the hate Spider-Man 3 received.
- Too much explaining would have to be done to solve the continuity issue.