Thankfully, after Tom Holland personally spoke to the bosses at Marvel and Sony, Spider-Man will remain in the Marvel Cinematic Universe for now. It’s a relief, too, because this version has been perhaps the greatest on-screen incarnation of Spidey yet, and it’ll be interesting to see where director Jon Watts and his team take the character next. Over the course of five movies and counting, Peter Parker has been on an emotional roller coaster, both leading his own high school-set comedies and joining larger ensemble pieces that play like Greek tragedies. So, here are Spider-Man’s 5 Funniest (And 5 Saddest) Moments In The MCU.
10 Saddest: “Mr. Stark, I don’t feel so good.”
Spider-Man’s death scene in Avengers: Infinity War was apparently written to be a much briefer moment. But when it actually came to filming it, the Russo brothers encouraged Tom Holland and Robert Downey, Jr. to take it a few steps further. The result was truly heartbreaking. Peter Parker says, “Mr. Stark, I don’t feel so good,” before collapsing into Tony Stark’s arms. Some fans have suggested that Spidey had longer to come to terms with his dusting, because his Spidey-sense gave him an early warning. There were a lot of sad death scenes in Infinity War, but this was arguably the saddest.
9 Funniest: Ned finding out his best friend is Spider-Man
Since he’s so preoccupied with moonlighting as Spider-Man, Peter lets a lot of things fly over his head, like forgetting that he invited Ned over to build his LEGO Death Star when he snuck back into his bedroom in costume. Ned was so shocked to discover that his best friend is Spider-Man that he dropped his Death Star, causing it to smash all over the floor. It’s especially fun because it was followed by a montage of Ned incessantly asking Peter questions, like whether or not he can lay eggs, or if he knows Captain America, or if there’s a chance Ned himself could get bitten by the same spider.
8 Saddest: His teary-eyed conversation with Happy Hogan about screwing up
Although Tony Stark did his best to act as a mentor to Peter Parker, he was hardly on track to win any father-of-the-year awards. In Spider-Man: Far From Home, the burden of mentoring Peter through his problems fell to Happy Hogan, who did a much better job of motivating and talking to him on his level than Tony ever did. Their conversation on the jet, after Happy flies out to meet Peter in the Netherlands and he’s royally screwed everything up, is a truly sincere and heartfelt moment. Happy basically told Peter that it’s okay to screw up, and he doesn’t need to live up to Tony’s legacy, because even Tony didn’t live up to Tony’s legacy.
7 Funniest: Swinging through New York with a terrified M.J.
Spider-Man: Far From Home brought back a beloved piece of the Spider-Man iconography — Spidey swinging through the streets of New York with M.J. in his arms — except this time, there was a twist: M.J. was terrified. They took off through the streets as Far From Home launched us into the end credits.
But when we joined them again in the mid-credits scene, M.J. was screaming at the top of her lungs, begging Peter to put her down. So, he came down to the street and put her safely on the sidewalk, and she asked him to never do that again.
6 Saddest: Getting trapped under rubble
This scene, drawn from the iconic The Amazing Spider-Man #33, emphasizes more than any other moment in the MCU that Spidey is just a kid. When the Vulture uses his wings to take down a building and leaves Peter trapped under a pile of rubble, he’s not a superhero anymore; he’s just a kid who’s terrified that he might die. And the way he motivates himself to lift the rubble and escape — telling himself over and over, “I’m Spider-Man!” — is heartwarming and inspiring. It’s really easy to root for this kid.
5 Funniest: “We’re not there yet.”
Spider-Man: Homecoming picks up where Captain America: Civil War left off, with Peter Parker being taken back to Queens from the battle in Berlin. Tony Stark drops him off and tells him to hang tight; they’ll be in touch the next time the Avengers have a mission he’d be right for. As Tony leans across Peter in the car, Peter goes in for a hug, but Tony says, “That’s not a hug, I’m just grabbing the door for you. We’re not there yet.” It’s awkward and hysterical, and it was paid off wonderfully two years later (six in story years) in Avengers: Endgame.
4 Saddest: Hugging Tony Stark after being resurrected
This moment gives the previous moment an added poignancy, because it pays it off beautifully. At the beginning of Spider-Man: Homecoming, Peter hugged Tony and Tony said, “We’re not there yet.” In Avengers: Infinity War, Peter turned to dust in Tony’s arms, and five years later, Tony was inspired to invent time travel and bring everybody back by the prospect of saving Peter’s life. In Avengers: Endgame, after Peter was resurrected and teleported to the battlefield, he ran up to Tony and told him everything that happened, and Tony simply gave him a hug. It took a lot, but they got there.
3 Funniest: Thwarting a carjacker who turned out to own the car
Although its ties to the wider MCU weigh it down, Spider-Man: Homecoming does a terrific job of showing Spidey’s day-to-day activities. He’s shown to be Queens’ friendly neighborhood superhero, helping old ladies to cross the street and busting bicycle thieves. At one point, he webs a guy to a car and slams his head into the roof. However, as it turns out, the carjacker he’s trying to thwart isn’t a carjacker at all — he’s the owner of the car, and he’s just trying to get to work. All the nearby residents yell at Spidey as he attempts to apologize for the mistake.
2 Saddest: “We won, Mr. Stark!”
As far as interactions with Tony Stark as he slipped into the light go, the tragedy of this one is second only to Pepper Potts saying, “You can rest now.” Peter Parker rushed to Tony’s side and said, “We won, Mr. Stark! You did it, sir! You did it!” It was exactly what Tony needed to hear in that moment.
Tony stayed completely silent during the interaction — which was reportedly Robert Downey, Jr.’s own suggestion, and it’s easy to see how much more emotional impact it gives to the scene — but it was clear that he was looking upon his surrogate son with pride.
1 Funniest: “Underoos!”
In Captain America: Civil War, when Iron Man summons Spider-Man to zip into the Berlin-set airport battle to steal Captain America’s shield out of his hand, it’s not our initial introduction to him. That came when Tony Stark appeared at his apartment to recruit him. But it does feel like it, because it’s the first time we see him in his new Stark-powered costume, and it was also the first glimpse we got of this new incarnation of the character in the trailers for Civil War. Of all Tony’s hilarious pop culture-inspired nicknames for his comrades, “Underoos” is easily one of the funniest.