ByKatie Granger, writer at
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Katie Granger

So we've known for a while now that up and coming young actor Tom Holland is due to helm the (hopefully) triumphant return of the cinematic Spider-Man to his rightful place, the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but information regarding exactly what his role will involve has been pretty hard to come by since then.

That's not really a surprise though, given how massively fans have been anticipating this event. The unveiling of the first official MCU Peter Parker/Spider-Man is a pretty huge deal, and this is a case where we can't even really look to the comic books for help given how vastly the context differs between the two media.

Not Your Comic Book Spider-Man

It's pretty obvious that Holland's character will likely deviate massively from the Spider-Man we see appearing during the [Marvel: Civil War](tag:2346746) comic books. Holland is a lot younger than the Civil War age Peter Parker for one thing, not to mention far less established in the universe. By the time the Superhero Registration Act debacle kicked off around Spider-Man had been swinging about in the Marvel Universe mythology for nearly 45 years, and at that point was a grown and married man.

His history with the Avengers ran long and deep and he had a vested side in the debate, but in the MCU he's pretty much going to come swinging in to make his debut into an ensemble cast of largely already established characters; so it's going to be interesting to see how Marvel handle the introduction.

Peter Parker unveils his identity in Civil War
Peter Parker unveils his identity in Civil War

The fact that he's just introduced means we probably won't get to see iconic scenes like the moment he reveals his identity to the world - which up until that point had been one of the most closely guarded secrets in the Marvel Universe narrative.

Two Suits For Holland

So you've probably heard the rumours by now that Tom Holland's Spider-Man will debut with not one but two Spider-Man suits in Civil War, which honestly is less of a rumour and more an educated guess.

He'll be introduced with his homemade outfit and later in the film will receive the upgraded version that we're used to seeing Spidey sporting, with the traditional blue and red colours and webbing design, from Tony Stark/Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr).

Of course, it makes a lot of sense that he'd have two suits for what is essentially his introduction (if not his origin story); Tobey Maguire had the same deal back in the first of Sam Raimi's Spider-Man films in 2002 where he changed from the unrefined wrestling costume to the sleek Spidey suit that we know and love.

Could We See Spider-Man Joining The Avengers?

That's a hell of a costume change to fit into what is already a pretty jam packed film, but it makes sense to illustrate his indoctrination into what we assume will be Tony Stark's side of the Civil War, as this is the side he initially takes in the comic book.

Having two costumes makes a hell of a lot of sense in terms of illustrating the narrative and character development, and in [Captain America: Civil War](tag:994409) it's gonna illustrate Parker's growth and transition from a super-powered teen out there fighting the baddies of New York on his own to becoming an acknowledged superhero in his own right, perhaps one who is worthy of becoming an Avenger. After all, after James Rhodes/War Machine (Don Cheadle) got his suit he ended up as part of the official gang, so we could see the same thing happening here.

The Iron Spider Armour in Civil War
The Iron Spider Armour in Civil War

Of course, the fact that Stark made him a suit doesn't mean that Spider-Man will definitely be joining the Avengers; it could just be a throwback to the events of the Civil War comic during which Spidey is seem sporting the Iron Spider Armour suit made for him by Stark.

Though it's pretty unlikely we'll be seeing Holland sporting the Iron Spider armour, having Stark make the suit for him is a nice touch even if it is just a reference to the original text. Once again, we'll just have to wait and see.

Directed by the Russo brothers, Captain America: Civil War is set to release May 6th 2016.


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