Now that there has been much rejoicing over Spider-Man coming to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, we have to wonder how he’ll get there. Sony and Marvel announced that Spider-Man will first appear in an upcoming Marvel movie before his next standalone feature.
We’ve speculated that he’ll show up in Captain America: Civil War since that seems like the most reasonable place to put him for a few reasons. First, I doubt there’s enough time to cast a new Spider-Man (Andrew Garfield won’t be returning, sadly) and squeeze him into the stinger of Avengers: Age of Ultron, although that would certainly drive people wild, and then torment them as they wait over two years for Spidey’s standalone film. Ant-Man seems unlikely unless you want to have Peter Parker stroll in and tell Scott Lang he’s not the only bug-based superhero in the world. Doctor Strange and Guardians of the Galaxy 2 also come before the new Spider-Man‘s July 28, 2017 release date, but do you want to introduce a new Spider-Man in Doctor Strange, which already has to bring magic into the Marvel Cinematic Universe? And while Guardians of the Galaxy 2 is popular, the cosmos isn’t really Spider-Man’s scene.
Furthermore, even though Captain America 3 won’t be based entirely on the Civil War comics, those comics do prominently feature Captain America, Iron Man, and Spider-Man. Briefly, in the storyline from the Civil War comics the government wants a superhuman registration act. Captain America believes people shouldn’t have to register as superheroes, Iron Man believes they should, and Spider-Man gets caught in the middle. Iron Man convinces Peter Parker to unmask himself, but later Peter decides to join Captain America’s underground resistance movement.
With filming on Captain America: Civil War beginning in a few months, it’s unlikely that Spider-Man will be such a pivotal character, especially since Civil War is also introducing Black Panther. Since Kevin Feige has been working on this deal for a while, it’s possible there’s a draft heavily featuring Spider-Man, so we can’t rule out that the web-slinger could have a significant role, although it will have to be balanced with not only Black Panther, but also the Winter Soldier. However, Civil War is the most natural place to put Spider-Man, but we obviously don’t know how big his role will be.
But how will the MCU introduce this new Spider-Man? The way I see it, there are three possibilities.