Why Did Tony Stark Recruit Spider-Man Instead Of Daredevil?


The following article could contain minor spoilers for Captain America: Civil War. 

While Spider-Man has been one of the most talked about and memorable moments in Civil War, some fans are wondering why Tony Stark would go off and recruit Spider-Man over a character like Daredevil.

Screenplay author Captain America: Civil War, Christopher Markus, gave his take on why Spider-Man was the best fit when asked in a recent interview by IGN.

“Tony doesn’t have a television, so he doesn’t know about [Daredevil]. They’re so violent. I think he has been keeping tabs on the world and he knows about this one kid. In some ways there’s a motivation having been accused of killing a young kid earlier in the movie to, ‘Maybe I can rebuild karmically something that I’ve lost by helping this kid along.’ And he’s there, and he’s available, and Tony’s desperate!”

Writer Stephen McFeely added that Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) sees a lot of himself in the character of Spider-Man/Peter Parker.

“He probably sees some of himself in this kid. Remember, when you meet this kid, he’s clearly a budding scientist, but doesn’t have the resources that Tony Stark does.”

Marvel’s “Captain America: Civil War” finds Steve Rogers leading the newly formed team of Avengers in their continued efforts to safeguard humanity. But after another incident involving the Avengers results in collateral damage, political pressure mounts to install a system of accountability, headed by a governing body to oversee and direct the team. The new status quo fractures the Avengers, resulting in two camps—one led by Steve Rogers and his desire for the Avengers to remain free to defend humanity without government interference, and the other following Tony Stark’s surprising decision to support government oversight and accountability.

Directed by Anthony and Joe Russo and starring Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie, Don Cheadle, Chadwick Boseman, Jeremy Renner, Paul Bettany, Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Rudd, Emily VanCamp, Tom Holland, Frank Grillo, William Hurt, and Daniel Brühl, Captain America: Civil War is now playing in theaters everywhere.

Source: IGN 

Chelsea Lewis

Chelsea Lewis

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  • Jeff Forehand

    Let’s face it, the real reason is because Spider-Man in Civil War would bring more money and interest than Daredevil.

    But in the film, didn’t they say he wanted someone with power? And Spidey is pretty strong for his age, whereas Daredevil is just a guy who’s great at martial arts – not something you need when trying to take down Team Cap.

    • Vegas82

      Not to mention they already had Black Widow.

    • Micheal O’Brein

      if were being completely honest the real reason Daredevils not called is cos The Marvel TV and Film universes arnt gonna be crossing over anytime soon since Feige got full control of the MCU and Ike Pearlmutter is running the TV side and hes not in the business of doing Feige any favours anymore

  • Gabe323

    No TV? But he does have a really advanced AI that checks all the news for him.

  • Vegas82

    “In some ways there’s a motivation having been accused of killing a young kid earlier in the movie to, ‘Maybe I can rebuild karmically something that I’ve lost by helping this kid along.’”

    Except he wasn’t really helping the kid along. He used him and put him in a highly dangerous situation where he could have easily ended up dead(Bucky is a real wild card). But I guess giving him a makeover is helping the kid…

  • Krebstarr

    I had the impression that Tony gave him distinct orders to stay out of the fighting and to use his webbing from a distance to subdue Team Cap. Of course, everything went beautifully wacky, but I don’t think Tony ever expected Spidey to fight at all, thus the instructions he gave Pete at the beginning of the fight and the “you’re done” comments at the end.

  • breakerbaker

    The logic behind Tony recruiting a 15- or 16-year-old kid to do anything, let alone take a minor across the Atlantic to help subdue dangerous superheroes, was always going to be flawed. It was always going to be the kind of thing that you’re really not supposed to think about. We know Tony has a blind spot for ethics, and that he forgets moral lessons the moment he convinces himself that he’s found a loophole.

    The reason he didn’t go to Dare Devil is that he doesn’t exist or that he’s a hundred times weaker than Spider-Man or any number of other reasons. Better question would be why he didn’t approach Jessica Jones, but it’s also incredibly unclear when the events of the Netflix series are meant to take place in the context of the movies. I think the presumption the movie expects us to make about Peter is that Tony sees him as an ingenious young version of himself.

    • Cheng “hemahemahema07” He

      Jessica Jones is 1) strong but unskilled 2) volatile and unpredictable 3) morally ambiguous

      Then there is a more sinister reason for Tony to go to Peter Parker instead of Daredevil, Luke Cage or Jessica Jones. The young age of Peter Parker not only didn’t stop Tony Stark, it actually is the reason he was chosen, because a teenager is more easily influenced by someone who is rich and famous and probably his personal hero as well. Matt, Jessica, Luke are all adults and there is a good chance they will not take Tony’s side.

      …yeah it’s probably not something I want to think about.

      • RNG

        Kinda agree with this. Nice point! Probably the same reason he didnt go after Lang. He had to know about him considering his association with Pym, but that was also why he didnt bother asking.

  • Chris W

    How about just Spiderman is way stronger than Daredevil?

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  • Jason Scarpelli

    Because recruiting Daredevil would be ridiculous.

    • Grant McCollister


      • Jason Scarpelli

        He just doesn’t fit. To me at least

  • Jason Scarpelli

    Because recruiting Daredevil would be ridiculous.