The INSIDER Summary:
- Tom Holland plays Spider-Man in Marvel’s movies, including the upcoming “Spider-Man: Homecoming.”
- He confirmed a popular fan theory that his character first shows up in 2010’s “Iron Man 2.”
- It’s a scene where a kid almost fights a big robot — before Iron Man swoops in to save him.
Tom Holland — who’s playing Peter Parker AKA Spider-Man in Marvel’s movies — confirmed a theory that fans have been wondering about for nearly a decade.
As it turns out, Peter Parker was teased back in 2010’s “Iron Man 2,” way back when the partnership with Sony, which own the rights to use Spider-Man in movies, and Disney, which owns Marvel, was a mere glint in Marvel CEO Ike Perlmutter’s eye.
In “Iron Man 2,” a young boy faces down a robot that’s causing chaos in a crowd. Before the robot gets to blow him up, Tony Stark swoops in and takes down the robot.
“Nice work, kid,” he says, before flying away.
That kid’s name, according to fan theorists? Peter Parker.
The age of the boy makes sense, given the release of “Iron Man 2” in 2010 and Peter Parker’s character being about 15 years old in “Spider-Man: Homecoming.”
Holland told The Huffington Post that he asked Kevin Feige, the head of Marvel Studios, about the theory, and Feige confirmed it.
“I can confirm that as of today. I literally had a conversation with Kevin Feige only 20 minutes ago. Maybe I’ve just done a big, old spoiler, but it’s out there now,” Holland told HuffPo. “It’s cool. I like the idea that Peter Parker has been in the universe since the beginning.”
Later in the Marvel movies, Peter Parker and Tony Stark turn out to be buds. Stark recruits Parker as a sort of “Avengers” intern in “Captain America: Civil War.” And Stark is a prominent character in the forthcoming “Spider-Man: Homecoming” movie, if the trailers are anything to go by. You can see the movie on July 7.
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