(Warning - the following contains potential SPOILERS for Captain America: Civil War, specifically involving the film's introduction of Spider-Man into the MCU. Proceed with an appropriate level of potential-laden caution...)
Now, with Captain America: Civil War fast approaching its theatrical release, the frantic counting down of the days until Spider-Man officially enters the Marvel Cinematic Universe is, inevitably, growing ever more feverish. After all, we already know that the upcoming cinematic superhero smack-down is set to feature the hero's MCU debut, something that fans have been waiting for since Robert Downey Jr. first donned his Iron Man armor.
What we don't yet know, however, is this:
Just How Will Spider-Man Be Introduced to the MCU?
Well, for everyone who just can't bear the wait for Civil War's release in May, the latest rumor to emerge online might just provide an answer. According to Geek.com, y'see, Spider-Man is going to arrive in the MCU in a manner very much like this:
(Note, this is where those aforementioned potential SPOILERS kick in...)
"It appears that Tony Stark, ever one to keep a watchful eye on the who’s who of the super world, took note of a certain young genius and his superhuman abilities, which makes sense, given all the SHIELD files he had access to. He’s probably been keeping tabs on Peter Parker since he first started his career as a vigilante."
"Tony goes to Peter Parker specifically to recruit him, and to seal the deal, offers him an advanced Spider-suit to fight in — an upgrade from whatever 15-year-old Peter was previously slinging around in. But why would Peter even consider such an offer? “Peter started becoming Spidey because he grew up and idolized Tony,” our source revealed. Since Iron Man takes place 10 years before we meet Peter in Civil War, where Peter is 15, that means Peter was five-years-old when Tony broke onto the scene in the original Iron Man, likely dominating the news as Peter grew into a teenager. If the guy you admire and look up to suddenly shows up on your balcony with a sweet piece of tech and says, “hey, let’s be bros,” are you going to turn him down?"
Or, in other words?
Spider-Man is Set to Team Up With Iron Man, and Don THAT Iron Spider Costume
Or, at least, that's a distinct possibility. It is, of course, always necessary to take any unconfirmed rumor like this with a solid pinch (or seven) of salt, but with the events detailed above being both a plausible retelling of the first half of Spider-Man's comic-book Civil War plot arc, and a realistic length (i.e. one or two scenes) to fit into an already crowded movie, it's certainly possible that the rumor is true.
The big question now, then?
What do you reckon?