Surely one of the biggest talking points about Marvel's Phase 3 centrepiece is even at this point still centered around the whereabouts and function of Tom Holland's mysteriously absent Spider-Man / Peter Parker?
The fact that Civil War will see the introduction of Spider-Man to the Marvel Cinematic Universe is a pretty big deal, hence why Marvel have been keeping a really tight lid on the details thus far. We've not seen any Spidey themed promo yet and we still don't really know the extent of his involvement in the film itself; likely a minor role ahead of his big screen MCU solo debut next July.
And of course there's been a ton of speculation not just about his character in [Captain America: Civil War](tag:994409) but also regarding whether or not Tom Holland's Spider-Man will become a fully fledged member of the Avengers anytime soon.
Spider-Man has a long and complex history with the Avengers team; sometimes as part of their ranks, sometimes swinging solo alongside them, sometimes as part of other superhero teams and sometimes just absolutely saving their skins...
Avengers Vol 1, 1: The Mighty Avengers Meet Spider-Man!
Spider-Man had his first run in with the Avengers way back in 1964 in issue 11 of the Avengers comic book. Prior to these events Iron Man / Tony Stark was missing in action due to issues with his arc reactor, so the overall force of the team is weakened.
This issue features the time-travelling super-villain Kang the Conqueror / Nathaniel Richards. Kang has been previously defeated by the Avengers and returns to take revenge upon them whilst Iron Man is away cause he's insecure and prideful that way. He decides the best way to take his revenge is to create a robot version of Spider-Man to try and trick them because why the hell not?
So the Spidey-Bot poses as Spider-Man and tells the Avengers that he knows where the missing Stark is, luring them to a temple where Kang lies in wait. He attacks them with nerve gas and the Robo-Spidey separates and beats them up one by one.
Things look pretty bleak until the real Spider-Man swings in and defeats his robot doppelgänger, saving the Avenger's lives. All in a days work for your friendly neighbourhood Spider-Man.
When all is said and done Spider-Man asks if he can join the team, but his request is turned down. Talk about ungrateful, see if Parker shows up to help next time you're being terrorised by a Spidey-Bot.
Marvel Two-In-One Annual Vol 1, 2: Death Watch
Spider-Man comes to rescue the Avengers (again) when they're captured by Thanos in 1977. He's not going it alone this time though, instead teaming up with the Thing / Ben Grimm from the Fantastic Four.
When Peter Parker is haunted by dreams of the Avengers battling Thanos in space he and Ben Grimm head out into the vast outreaches to find out just what the hey is going on up in here. Aboard Thanos' ship Spider-Man and Thing battle his minions and eventually work up to facing the big bad himself.
The fight spills into the stasis room where the Avengers (and Captain Marvel) are being held. Spider-Man manages to free them from the stasis in which they are held by doing the only logical thing - throwing himself at the machine holding them, and using his body to physically break it. Good job Spidey.
He then manages to (accidentally) free the Soul Gem within which the soul of Adam Warlock is contained. Warlock wastes no time in turning Thanos into stone, which is really going to put a crimp on his vacation plans, but that's what you get for being such an astronomical dick.
Avengers and the Infinity Gauntlet 1-4
2010's Avengers and the Infinity Gauntlet non-canon miniseries is a comedic retelling of the original Infinity Gauntlet arc (which will play a part in the upcoming [The Avengers: Infinity War](tag:738027)). It sees the universe in peril as Thanos (again) has now gained control of all six of the Infinity Gems.
To impress Death, who he's a little bit in love with, he wipes out half the population of every planet in the universe. (Jeeze dude, just buy her flowers or something next time.)
After half the population of Earth - including the superhero population - is decimated a new team of Avengers are assembled to find out what happened. Spider-Man, Hulk, Ms. Marvel, Wolverine and Doctor Doom (yep, it's one of those) are chosen to head into space to face Thanos.
Inevitably, Doctor Doom tries to betray the team and swipe the Gauntlet for himself (surprise surprise). However, he is unable to wield the Gauntlet (cause he's actually not the real Doctor Doom, just a Doom Bot - actual surprise!) so it's Spidey's time to shine again.
He manages to get a hold of the Gauntlet and uses its powers to erase the entire adventure from history, restoring the timeline and reversing all the destruction and death wrought by the Mad Titan.
Good job Spider-Man. Even though you and Thanos are the only ones who know what you did. We know man, we know.
What's your favourite Spider-Man storyline?