Ever since the announcement that Marvel purchased Spider-Man from Sony, fans have been wondering how the web slinger will fit in to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. And with the news that Peter Parker will appear in [Captain America: Civil War](tag:994409) rumours are flying about just what Spider-Man's role will be. Will he play a pivotal role, as in the Civil War comic arc? Or will his part be reduced to a cameo? We've scoured the web for the latest news, and so far we can get a pretty good idea of how the superhero skirmish will play out.
So what is the Civil War in Captain America 3 all about? Contrary to the comics plot, Kevin Feige has revealed that the divisive topic will not be that of superhero registration, but rather of government control and the implementation of an oversight agency.
"It’s not about the secret identity thing, as much as it is about, overall, who reports to who, and who can agree to oversight committee. Because as of now, in Avengers 2, there is no more security council, there is no SHIELD, obviously. Stark is paying for it, Captain America is running it, and things occur that will make governments begin to question."
This plot shift ties in neatly with the events of [Captain America: The Winter Soldier](tag:254973), as Steve Rogers found himself questioning the validity of corrupt government agency SHIELD. We've also had similar themes in [The Avengers: Age Of Ultron](tag:293035), and the finale of [Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.](tag:722469) saw Coulson's team come under the jurisdiction of the "real SHIELD"s oversight agency.
But how will young hero Peter Parker react to all of this? And how will the team recover in time for Avengers 3? So let's look at the possibilities to what Peter's role might be: can he save the Avengers from themselves?
Sideswapper: Peter's Comics Role
For those of you unfamiliar, let's break down one of the possibilities: that MCU Spidey will fulfil the role he had in the comic books. He's got a pretty crucial role in this storyline, starting out on Iron Man's side pro-registration, then switching sides later on to ally himself with Captain America. But how could this play out in the movie, especially considering that what we're dealing with is an oversight agency?
According to Feige, Peter Parker looks up to the Avengers. They are his heroes and idols. It's easy to see that Peter will be easily swayed by the imposing Tony Stark and Steve Rogers. So here's the theory: while Captain America is off looking for Bucky Barnes, the young Spider-Man swings onto the scene. Impressed by the kid's gumption, Tony takes Peter under his wing, introduces him to the Avengers, basically becomes his mentor. By the time the oversight issue is introduced, Tony's got Peter's loyalty, and is easily persuaded to support Tony's view. This, we can assume, will be pro-oversight: Avengers 2 revealed that Tony wants to be able to pass the torch, and right now he's paying for all the missions from his own pocket.
But when Captain America returns, could the plight of Bucky Barnes cause Peter to doubt Tony's ideals? Ultimately, Spider-Man will switch sides and align himself with Steve Rogers against the oversight agency. The how and why of this is yet to be seen, but this will be the pattern of events if the Russos want to stick to the comics canon. However, we've been told that Captain America 3 will be decidedly different from the comics. So what are the other possibilities of what Spidey will do?
This is actually more likely. We're all assuming that Spider-Man will become a fully fledged team member by the time Avengers 3 comes out. All the superheroes we've encountered so far have joined the team, especially those who have solo movies. But what if Peter Parker is the exception?
When Spider-Man was introduced to the MCU, Kevin Feige revealed that Peter Parker had actually been in this universe for quite some time, operating as a solo hero.
"There is a young kid already running around New York City in a homemade version of the Spider-Man costume in the MCU, you just don’t know it yet.“
After years of working alone, why would Peter Parker want to join a team where he's not allowed to do things his way?
In the comics, Spider-Man usually chooses the lone wolf lifestyle, and never serves on any team for very long (he rejected the Fantastic Four when he realised being part of that team came without a paycheque!) As Feige said, Spider-Man is "a very different type of hero" - could this mean he doesn't want to be part of a team? Maybe his role in Civil War will be to act as an objective party, a hero who operates outside of the Avengers team structure, not under the control of any oversight agency.
However, we're assuming here that Peter's set to have a big role in the film, which may not be the case...
This may be the most likely possibility! After all, Marvel didn't even acquire the rights to the character until after Captain America 3 started shooting. Maybe Spidey will swing onto the scene for a brief cameo - we've already had reports that he'll be involved in a fun, dorky fight scene. Perhaps he'll be the comic relief in an otherwise heavy film!
Whatever the case, Peter Parker's appearance in Civil War will delight fans. So which possibility do you think will happen? Vote below, or tell us your own theories in the comments!