He's still a fresh face in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but Tom Holland's Peter Parker has had a slew of fan-favorite highlights already, including some of the best moments in Avengers: Infinity War. The wall-crawling superhero has quickly become an MCU standout, and a number of his Infinity War scenes, including his poignant death, are some of the film's most talked about moments.
For years, Spider-Man operated within his own franchise, separate from the MCU, while Marvel's Disney-owned characters flourished in a shared universe. Fans believed seeing Marvel's most iconic character eventually join the Avengers was only a pipe dream. That all changed when Marvel Studios and Sony Pictures Entertainment struck a historic deal in 2015 to co-utilize the web-slinging hero, paving the way for Tom Holland debut as Peter Parker/Spider-Man in Captain America: Civil War in 2016. People quickly got behind this newest incarnation with some citing Holland's performance as the most true to the comics. Just a year after his brief introduction, he was off to his own adventure in his first MCU standalone - Jon Watts' Spider-Man: Homecoming - solidifying his place in the ever-expanding MCU.
How Spider-Man's Death Stood Above The Others
While Peter obviously had an idea about how dangerous it was to become a superhero, let alone one who travels to another planet to go up against an intergalactic villain, the teen was the most laid back during the bout against Thanos - tackling everything with childlike wonder. Even after he'd seen what the Mad Titan was capable of doing, he didn't lose his playfulness and chattiness as he courageously took him on side-by-side with Iron Man, Doctor Strange, and the Guardians of the Galaxy. That kind of naive optimism gave the impression that no matter what happened, Peter would still come out of this experience unscathed (the knowledge that Spider-Man: Homecoming 2 is on the docket also helped). So when it finally dawned on people that he was getting snuffed out along with half of the universe thanks Thanos' snap, fans were understandably devastated.
By now, it's no secret that Holland improvised his Infinity War death, which made it all the more impressive. Unlike film's other, seemingly random deaths, Peter's demise was prolonged, starting with him innocently telling Stark that he doesn't feel good. Once he realized what's happening, the vulnerable kid in him emerged as he clung to Stark and repeatedly said: "I don't want to go." It's a similar situation when he found himself hopelessly buried under the rubble during his fight with the Vulture, the only difference is that he was able to pull him out of the entrapment back then. This time, there was no way he would've been able to escape his imminent demise. Still, at the very end, he put on a brave face and apologized to his mentor for his outburst - a good callback from their intense confrontation in Homecoming where Stark told Peter he'd have to carry that guilt and remorse if the young superhero were to die.
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