Future Spider-Man film sequels could eventually explore how the Battle of New York affected young Peter Parker, aka. Spider-Man, who lives in Queens, New York. While the character has always been depicted as a New Yorker, Tom Holland’s version is the first one to have experienced the Chitauri invasion in the first Avengers movie. This is due to the fact that when Tobey Maguire’s Spider-Man trilogy came out, there is no such thing as the Marvel Cinematic Universe yet – while Andrew Garfield’s (Amazing) Spider-Man was introduced before Marvel/Sony made a deal to share the character rights.
The Battle of New York is a pretty huge moment in the overall narrative of the MCU. It was the first time that Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Captain America (Chris Evans), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) carried out a mission as a team against Loki (Tom Hiddleston) and his band of aliens. The fallout from the Battle of New York has since been felt in MCU movies like Captain America: Civil War, over the years. And now that both Peter Parker and the other Avengers are part of the MCU, the event no doubt had some effect on Holland’s young web-slinger.
During an interview with iO9 while promoting the upcoming Spider-Man: Homecoming, Holland expressed his eagerness to explore how a young Peter Parker viewed the Battle of New York and how it affects his decisions, now that he is also a superhero:
“It’s something that I’m very interested in. And I know [Marvel president] Kevin [Feige] is too. I think it’s important to go back and see that Peter has been a person in this universe since the beginning. It’s something I’d like to revisit but whether we do, that’s a question for the creators.”
Homecoming co-producer Amy Pascal supported the idea that the Battle of New York is a key element of Peter Parker’s backstory in the MCU:
“[Homecoming] is designed for you to feel the movies that have been made in the Marvel universe [are] the history that’s in the books Peter studies. That was the world he grew up in and that was one of the key ideas of creating this character, so that he could have something that he wanted to be that he wasn’t a part of.”
Director Jon Watts also chimed in the conversation adding that events like the Battle of New York are key to understanding Holland’s Spider-Man and the choices that he makes:
“You have to think about two really big events. The one is seeing Tony Stark on TV, revealing to the world that he’s Iron Man. That would be so dramatic. Then, yes, the events at the end of Avengers would be a big deal to a little kid. And I think that might be something that would be worth exploring.”
Unfortunatley Holland, Pascal and Watts did not give a hint as to when this explanation may take place. We all know that Spider-Man: Homecoming 2 is in the cards with Watts more likely to return as the director. It is possible that the sequel could explore this on the heels of Avengers 4, where a number of the Phase 1 superherheroes who fought in the Battle of New York may meet their end. It would have been great to hear what Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feiege would say about this despite the fact that Holladnd shared that he, too, is interested in the notion.
Marvel has always reiterated that they wanted to do something never seen before in a Spider-Man film and relating him to the near-decade history of the MCU is a great way to do so. Part of Marvel’s current narrative thread of tackling the collateral damage from the Avengers existing was highlighted in Civil War and is further showcased in Homecoming, with the Vulture (Michael Keaton) making a living out of scavenging the Avengers’ New York battleground.
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