Spider-Man: Homecoming will be the wall crawlers first standalone film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, meaning this version of Peter Parker grew up in a world occupied by other superheroes and witnessed world changing catastrophes. Perhaps the most significant of these events was the Battle of New York, where The Avengers introduced themselves to the world while taking on the Chitauri army led by Loki. In an interview with i09, actor Tom Holland and director Jon Watts discussed how future films might explore how the battle affected young Peter Parker, who would have been close to the action while living in Queens.
Holland expressed his interest in exploring how the battle changed Peter:
“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.”
“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.”
The MCU films and shows, particularly those set in or around New York, have not shied away from exploring the ramifications of the battle. Daredevil‘s first season centered around Wilson Fisk’s exploitation of the effort to rebuild Hell’s Kitchen and various MCU antagonists have made use of the discarded Chitauri weapons. So, it would not be outside the realm of possibility for future MCU films to explore how the Battle of New York shaped a young Peter Parker. Would you like to see that angle explored? Share your thoughts below!
Directed by Jon Watts, the film stars Tom Holland, Michael Keaton, Zendaya, Donald Glover, Jacob Batalon, Laura Harrier, Tony Revolori, Tyne Daly, Bokeem Woodbine, Michael Chernus, Kenneth Choi, Hannibal Buress, Martin Starr, Michael Barbieri, Angourie Rice, Abraham Attah, Marisa Tomei and Robert Downey Jr.
Spider-Man: Homecoming will be released in theaters on July 7, 2017.