Spider-Man’s origin story is finally being explored in the MCU. So when Marvel Studios struck a deal with Sony to bring Peter Parker’s Spider-Man into the MCU, the decision was made that the Spider-Man’s origin story would not be revisited. Marvel president Kevin Feige stated the following (via CinemaBlend):
“[Audiences have] seen the other films. They’ve read comics. They can fill that in. “That was a very purposeful decision we made to not retread that ground. There are little things that are said here and there that people can read into. What the specific facts are in the past, we don’t… we haven’t revealed yet.”
Marvel has done a little too much. When Tom Holland’s Peter Parker made his MCU debut in Captain America: Civil War, they decided to riff on Spider-Man’s classic “power and responsibility” line in a way that surprised many. This is what Peter Parker told Tony Stark:
“When you can do the things that I can, but you don’t, and then the bad things happen… they happen because of you.”
Spider-Man: Far from Home went a step further by including a nod to Uncle Ben—a suitcase with his initials—that was destroyed in a throwaway manner, with the film much more concerned about Tony Stark’s recent passing. As of now, the only MCU reference to Uncle Ben has come from Marvel’s What If…? comic book series.
Things are starting to look up, at least on the surface. After years of keeping it a secret, Peter Parker finally opened up in the trailer for Spider-Man: No Way Home about how he first got his superpowers. He told MJ, “I’ve only had one week where my life has felt normal. That was when you found out.” That’s when you learned the news.” Spider-Man: Homecoming is the first time the MCU has ever explicitly addressed how Peter Parker came to be Spider-Man.
Even if this is the only line in which Spider-Man’s origin story is openly discussed, the fact that his secret identity has become public knowledge means that there will be plenty of chances to discuss it. There are bound to be a lot of questions about how Peter Parker became a superhero in the first place. This is significant, now that Mysterio has been framed for his death and appears to be on trial for it.
There is reason to believe that No Way Home will lay the groundwork for the upcoming animated series Spider-Man: Freshman Year. The animated series will air on Disney+. Before he met Tony Stark and became entangled in the Avengers civil war, Peter Parker’s early years as a superhero will be the subject of a new series on Disney+ Day 2021. This will mark the streaming service’s second anniversary. Even if Tom Holland does not appear as a voice actor in Spider-Man: Freshman Year, the MCU will consider the film canonical.
Even though most people assume they already know the backstory of Peter Parker, aka Spider-Man’s origin story, Marvel has kept it a secret for over five years. In Spider-Man: No Way Home, they finally break their silence, which sets a precedent. It won’t be long before fans find out what Marvel has been hiding all this time and if the wait was worth it or not.