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As you’ve already heard, it’s been confirmed that that Tom Holland’s Spider-Man is rejoining the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Which means fans will not only be getting a sequel to Spider-Man: Far From Home, but also the chance to see Peter Parker, and/or his web-slinging alter ego, back on the big screen in various MCU properties.
However, that leaves two huge questions on the table: how many Marvel movies will Holland’s character appear in, and which one(s) will he be spotted as a part of? Much as his Spider-Man started life as a side character in Captain America: Civil War, there’s got to be plenty of corners he can spin a thematic web in with his cameos.
It’s in honor of this new news, and our own impatience to find out when and where we’ll see our beloved Spider-Man next, that we’ve decided to run down a list of perfect places Peter Parker possibly pops up in throughout the history of the MCU.
Doctor Strange In The Multiverse Of Madness
The first prospective Marvel Studios film that could see Tom Holland coming back is director Scott Derrickson’s sequel to his previous MCU entry, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse Of Madness. While this is undoubtedly Benedict Cumberbatch and Elizabeth Olsen’s show, as the good doctor and Scarlet Witch will be heading up this film, a multiverse could mean appearances by almost anyone and anything.
Perhaps in this pair’s quest of multiversal multitudes, not only would Peter Parker’s existence come into play, but also the entire Spider-Verse. This would lay down groundwork for potential cross overs with Venom, Morbius, and even the entire Spider Fam from Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse. The cherry on the sundae would be that if Sony can cast a candidate pretty damned quick, they could even use this film to tease the eventual arrival of the newly announced Madame Web, formally introducing Cassandra Webb and Peter Parker.
Black Panther 2
Now this one might be a bit far out, but it still has some reach, so hear me out. Tom Holland’s Peter Parker could see himself on a bit of a field trip out to Wakanda in the near future, and it’s all down to one character: Letitia Wright’s Princess Shuri. If Peter is supposed to be “the next Tony Stark”, he’s going to want to team with someone that has a similar level of expertise when it comes to technical wizardry.
Shuri is more than equal to the task, and could serve as a fantastic foil for Peter Parker’s scientific knowledge, paving the way for one more surprise coming out of Black Panther 2’s unknown story. With Tony sadly departed, and an Iron Man shaped hole occupying the MCU, this partnership could see Shuri finally becoming Ironheart, bringing armored superiority to Wakanda.
Captain Marvel 2
You don’t drop a moment like the one teaming Spider-Man with Brie Larson’s Captain Marvel into Avengers: Endgame, and not expect a payoff in the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. As Carol Danvers is now front and center in the present day of the MCU, she’s going to need a little bit of help catching up on world events; much like a star spangled man who was unfrozen after 70 years on ice.
Carol Danvers and Peter Parker could not only be a pair of operatives under Samuel L. Jackson’s watchful eye as Nick Fury in Captain Marvel 2, but the young man could assist the cosmic powered woman with learning the ropes. Though, nostalgia being what it is, there’s probably more that Carol Danvers could teach Peter Parker, in order to fully understand the ‘90s references the world is going crazy over today.
The new Marvel/Sony deal has to have come with a provision to allow Spider-Man adjacent properties like Morbius to eventually be used as synergistic crossover bait. As we’ll be seeing Jared Leto’s vampiric character heading into the Sony Spider-Verse next year, a conversation about how he fits into the grand scheme of things would have been a logical step in any negotiation process.
And if there’s a vampire to be seen in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, there’s obviously going to be a Daywalker who might not be very trusting of his motives upon first glance. With Mahershala Ali cast as the MCU’s Blade, he’s going to need some friends to play with; leaving Spider-Man as the perfect party to set up the introductions needed.
The Potential Fantastic Four/X-Men Reboots
As Kevin Feige so aptly pointed out in his announcement of Spider-Man’s return to the MCU, Spider-Man is the only person that has successfully crossed cinematic universes to do battle. This is a particularly handy skill to have when you’re keeping up with The Avengers, but it’s even better to keep that in your pocket when there’s the potential for other dimension hoppers to make a long overdue appearance.
Which opens that coveted door to let in either a Fantastic Four or X-Men reboot into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, as Peter’s scientific tomfoolery is just bound to create an opening between his world and that of Marvel’s first family or Professor Xavier’s school of gifted youngsters. You can practically see Peter Parker removing his goggles, mouth agape at the people who’ve entered the room, and closing the moment with a smile and an hand extended in friendship.
As things stand, there are no immediate plans for a new Avengers film, seeing as Avengers: Endgame closed the first era of Earth’s mightiest heroes to a satisfying close. The ground needs to cool, a new foundation needs to be built, but eventually, you know The Avengers will return. In the years that progress between now and that eventuality, Peter Parker will undoubtedly be important to that passage of time.
That all but assures that Tom Holland’s scientific genius/friendly neighborhood crime fighter will have a seat at the table of the future Avengers lineup. Better still, with Peter possibly bringing either the Fantastic Four or X-Men into the family, there’s a chance that Marvel Studios could broaden their franchise prospects with a new run of films; especially if Namor the Sub-Mariner can be pried away to join Mister Fantastic, Doctor Strange, and Professor X in this bold think tank.
The future is undefined when it comes to how exactly Spider-Man will fit back into the Marvel Cinematic Universe in his near future antics. For now, this is all delirious speculation, in service of celebrating a fantastic bit of news.