It turns out Kevin Feige had been planning the final scene in Spider-Man: Homecoming – when Aunt May discovers Spider-Man’s identity – for almost a decade. Many of the big moments that definite the Spider-Man character in comic book form have since made their way to the big screen, in one way or another (see, for example, Gwen Stacy being killed by the Green Goblin). With Spider-Man now a part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it’s a safe bet that even more of his most famous moments will be translated to film soon.
Spider-Man: Homecoming didn’t mark Peter Parker’s debut in the MCU, but it was his first solo film as part of the franchise. Longtime villains Vulture, Shocker, and Scorpion made their live-action debut in the movie, while aspects of the Ultimate Spider-Man comics were also incorporated. The film also came to a shocking end by having Aunt May learn about her nephew’s big secret – and it turns out that was a moment that one key Marvel player had long wanted to adapt for the big screen.
Reddit user Leo_TheLurker noticed something interesting when looking at the trade paperback for Spider-Man: One More Day by J. Michael Straczynski and Joe Quesada. In it, Kevin Feige had something to say about both the character and author that would become radically prescient with the release of Spider-Man: Homecoming – namely, he expressed a desire to have Aunt May discover Peter Parker’s secret on the big screen.
Given that One More Day arrived in 2008, just as the MCU was taking off, it shows just how long Feige has been hoping to get Spider-Man into the cinematic universe. It would be close to a decade before that dream became a reality, but it’s clear Feige wasn’t going to let the moment pass without Aunt May learning her nephew’s secret.
Hopefully, not much else from One More Day will make it into the MCU. Spidey has undergone some big retcons over the years, but the convoluted story of the mini event saw the hero make a deal with Mephisto to erase his marriage to Mary Jane and his public outing (during the events of Civil War) all to save Aunt May’s life. Secret identities generally don’t make much sense for superheroes, especially when they’re kept from loved ones versus the public at large. Likely, Spidey will keep his under wraps in the MCU, but it makes sense for those close to him to know the truth. As for deals with the devil and entire story events being reset, let’s hope those elements never make it to theaters.
Luckily, Marvel seems to have learned the right lessons from Spider-Man: Homecoming. With Spidey back, Feige is now on the cusp of having the X-Men and Fantastic Four return to the Marvel fold thanks to the Disney/Fox deal. One can only imagine what Feige has been planning for those characters all these years.
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