Apparently the classic origin of Spider-Man, specifically the spider bite, wasn’t even discussed by the writers of Captain America: Civil War.


Much like Batman’s parents being killed by a mugger in Crime Alley and Superman being launched from Krypton before he exploded, movie audiences know Spider-Man’s origins well, meaning they acquire his special abilities after being bitten by a radioactive/genetically-modified spider. And yet, unlike Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield’s respective Spider-Man film series, we’ve never seen Tom Holland’s Peter Parker origin in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. In fact, it wasn’t even mentioned by the writers of Captain America: Civil Warwhich brought Peter of Holland into the fold of the MCU.

CinemaBlend’s Sean O’Connell has released a new book called With Great Power: How Spider-Man Took Over Hollywood During the Golden Age of Comic Book Blockbusters. Among the people who have been in the various Spider-Man movies that Sean spoke to for the book was Christopher Markus, who co-wrote Captain America: Civil War with Stephen McFeely. About Civil war Without even referring to the spider bite, Markus acknowledged that he and McFeely never figured out the exact circumstances of how Tom Holland’s Peter Parker became a superhero, saying:

I mean, God knows there should be something similar to this, probably. But no, I wouldn’t say. . . I mean, I think he was bitten by a radioactive spider on a field trip. We never talked about it either, but I think that’s what happened.

Given all that Captain America: Civil War had on his plate already, from passing the Sokovia Accords to also introducing Chadwick Boseman’s Black Panther, it makes sense we haven’t seen Spider-Man’s origin, especially since By then Peter had been running the web for about a year. Still, it’s worth noting that Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely didn’t even set a specific origin story scenario as background information. Of course, it is confirmed in Spider-Man: Homecoming that Peter was indeed bitten by a spider, but to this day we still haven’t seen or heard exactly how it happened.

Speaking of Spider-Man: Homecomingwhich followed a year later Captain America: Civil WarSean O’Connell also spoke with Back homeDirector Jon Watts, who said that although he had “a few sort of vague ideas” about how the spider bite happened to Tom Holland’s Peter Parker, he never thought about it. ‘in terms of how it would need to hold its “story logic” together. In the words of Watts:

It was so nice to get over it and deal with the repercussions more, and explore it from the perspective of someone else who discovered it and has a lot of questions.

The spider bite wasn’t the only aspect of Spider-Man’s origin story that wasn’t explored in the MCU. None of the Spider-Man films in the film series have directly mentioned Peter Parker’s Uncle Ben, including the circumstances of his death. Shortly before Spider-Man: Homecoming came out, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige told CinemaBlend that this aspect of Peter’s past wasn’t addressed because they wanted to let the public “fill in those blanks right now.” Since then, Ben has been mentioned in the What if… ? episode “What If…Zombies?!”, but her famous line “With great power comes great responsibility” was given to Marisa Tomei’s Aunt May in Spider-Man: No Coming Home.

Although No coming homeThe end of Peter closes the chapter of Peter Parker’s life which began in Captain America: Civil War, we haven’t necessarily seen the last of him in the MCU. Another Tom Holland-led Spider-Man trilogy is in development, and while there’s no timeline on when it will begin, perhaps they could when the light finally comes to light. how Peter’s superhero journey began. On the other hand, with so much time gone by and the general public not needing a reminder about the spider bite or the death of Uncle Ben, maybe we should make peace with that ship having sailed, and rather looking forward to seeing Peter navigate a world where no one remembers who he is.

You can learn more about the history of Spider-Man on film by picking up With great power on Amazon (opens in a new tab) and other places the books are sold, and as soon as official information is revealed about the next Spider-Man movie, we’ll pass it on. In the meantime, there are plenty of other Marvel movies to come for when you’re not watching Marvel movies in order with your Disney+ subscription.


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