Ever since Captain America: Civil War, it seems like the only thing people want to talk about is Peter Parker joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
That makes sense. It’s an exciting time to be a Spider-Man and a Marvel fan, but a new interview with Tom Holland, the actor who has taken on the role of New York’s friendly neighborhood superhero, is making us question everything we thought we knew. Holland told ComicBook.com that Parker actually made a cameo in Iron Man 2 back in 2010.
“I can confirm that as of today," Holland told ComicBook.com. "I literally had a conversation with [Marvel Studios head] Kevin Feige only 20 minutes ago. Maybe I’ve just done a big, old spoiler, but it’s out there now. It’s cool. I like the idea that Peter Parker has been in the universe since the beginning.”
If you’re scratching your head trying to figure out when Parker would have made the appearance, you’re not the only one. The key is to look for a much, much younger version of the lovable high school geek. Holland said Parker’s first appearance occurs during the Stark Expo. Iron Man is forced to save the day when the machines that belong to one of his business rivals, Justin Hammer, turn against attendees. If you remember, there’s a small boy who stands up to one of the machines.
That brave kid is, in fact, Peter Parker. This is probably a classic retcon, as there's no proof that this was the intention at the time. But if Feige reportedly told Holland this, consider it a canonical truth.
That was the first time that Iron Man saved Parker’s life but as we’ve seen in trailers for Spider-Man: Homecoming, it won’t be the last time.
Homecoming will be released on July 7. Early reactions to the movie call it one of the franchise’s best.