Fans of the Amazing Spider-Man can now celebrate! No Way Home is already playing in theatres, and reviews indicate that it’s a smash hit. Although several familiar faces from Marvel’s past, one storyline jumps out. Peter Parker and his friends Ned Leeds and MJ hope to get into MIT. Or at the very least synchronize their safety schools. This way they can all be together in university.
Due to Peter being revealed to be Spider-Man, Parker and the rest of the gang will not gain admission to the school.
No one will remember Peter Parker after Spider-Man: No Way Home’s conclusion. Similarly, when young Parker visits Ned and MJ, they are unaware of his identity because of his activities as Spider-Man. As a trade-off, they were both accepted to MIT without his intervention. His pals are better off not recognizing him. This is why Peter decides to keep his distance.
Late Summer 2021, Marvel Studios’ Black Panther: Wakanda Forever was filmed at MIT’s campus for a few sequences. No one knows precisely when Wakanda Forever takes place. As a reason, it’s unclear if the sequel to Black Panther and the third installment of the Spider-Man franchise will be set in the same period. Black Panther 2 may have Ned Leeds and MJ Watson attending classes at MIT during the same period as Black Panther 2’s events.
Furthermore, it’s worth noting that Riri Williams (aka, Ironheart) will be presented in the Black Panther sequel by Dominique Thorne. In the comics, the character is a 15-year-old high school student receiving a scholarship to go the university. Thorne is expected to have a significant role in the MCU, but how much of a role he will play is unclear given the breadth of the filmed scenes.
If Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is any indication, Ned Leeds and MJ may probably appear. No one knows for sure, but everything is conceivable when using the MCU. Due to Sony and Columbia Pictures’ ownership of Spider-Man-related characters, it appears that there are still limits on their use within the MCU.
In any case, would it sound right for the two to appear in Wakanda Forever, even if that wasn’t an issue? In general, cameos in Marvel movies don’t seem to be done merely for it. Most actors want their character portrayals to impact and be meaningful, with a few notable outliers. Loki becoming Chris Evans’ Captain America in Thor: The Dark World in 2013 comes to mind.
So it’s possible that bringing in Peter Parker’s former classmates isn’t the best idea. If Riri Williams appears in the film, then spectators will still be exposed to an intriguing new member of the MCU despite the absence of Peter Parker’s companions. Perhaps Leeds and Jones-Watson can feature in the Disney+ series Ironheart. This will follow the character as she continues her studies at MIT.
There may be something lurking in the shadows. Contrary to popular belief, Marvel Studios does not shy away from brief cameos in their crossovers. During Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, the Abomination, a Black Widow, and an Extremis soldier made brief appearances.
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