Now that Spider-Man: No Path Home has been out for about a week (depending on your location), Marvel fans know a bit more about Peter Parker (Tom holland) long term MCU status. In fact, how little confirmation the film offers is surprising in light of the off-screen adventure that Holland, Sony (who owns the rights to the character), and Marvel Studios have continued to make. No way home. Or, perhaps, this big 2019 contract dispute was just a long-winded hype for the eventual film and what it sets for Spider-Man.
And if you are not aware of what it is, consider this your SPOILER WARNING.
Instead of what we expected – Holland’s Spider-Man switching to Sony’s Spider-Man universe – the character’s identity has been forgotten by the world at large. Even those close to him, like MJ (Zendaya), Ned (Jacob Battalion), and happy (Jon favreau) don’t know who he is. The magic involved also seemingly removed the Tony Stark element, meaning all of Peter’s advanced technology is lost to him. Now, Marvel Cinematic Universe Spider-Man is truly the beloved hapless readers worshiping in the comics.
But he’s still in the MCU. This distinction is important, because the film leaves there a number of possibilities for future stories, even as Sony continues to build its own universe. And to confirm a friendlier relationship between the two production entities, Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige unveiled an MCU Spider-Man 4 is already in development.
What can it look like? And what directions could Holland Spider-Man take in the next phase of his life? Plus, what will the Sony Spider-Man universe be like without Peter joining their ranks? Follow us on a brainstorming experience on where Spider-Man might go.
1. Spider-Man in the Big City
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Unlike the focus the MCU’s first three films have on “house,” the next film might put more of an emphasis on Peter as a young man living in the city. As teased in No way homeIn the dying moments, rent will finally be an issue for him, and it’s easy enough to imagine that he’ll start delivering Spider-Man footage to J. Jonah Jameson (Jk simmons) to make ends meet. We also believe he’ll start fighting street crime again, just like he did before Tony Stark came into his life.
Also, it’s entirely possible that his resolve to let MJ and Ned go will lead to new friends and, perhaps, another love for Spider-Man. Felicia Hardy (played by Felicity jones In The Incredible Spider-Man 2) is probably located somewhere. As for friends, it’s also possible for Bobby Drake (X-Men’s Iceman) and Angelica Jones (aka Firestar) to debut as Peter’s incredible new compatriots. Perhaps circumstances will force him to move in with them.
But emotionally, trying to build a new life will be difficult for Peter as he knows exactly who and where MJ and Ned are. No way home spent so much time building their momentum that we seriously doubt it will be gone for long. Although it is possible that this wonnot be resolved in Spider-Man 4.
2. Spider-Man vs. Kingpin
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Despite the events of the Hawk Eye final, we seriously doubt Wilson Fisk (Vincent D’Onofrio) is down for the account. And upon his return, we also doubt it will be long before he notices the friendly neighborhood Spider-Man going out of business in Manhattan.
Although Fisk is best associated with Matt Murdoch (Charlie cox, again), the character started out as a Spider-Man villain. They have argued intermittently since 1967 – although Vanessa has put their fight off for quite a while. Previously, the complicated situation of rights, which saw the daredevil Characters at Fox and Spider-Man at Sony, made an on-screen fight between them seemingly impossible. Now that both characters are now established in the MCU, their long-delayed film title fight is possible. And with Holland and D’Onofrio playing the roles, it will be as much a battle of wits and witticisms as it will be a battle of physical prowess.
Oddly, however, one avenue of attack that Fisk won’t be able to take is to strike out Peter’s family, as he currently has none. This could make Spider-Man the best suited of New York heroes to take on Kingpin. Even Kate Bishop (Hailee Steinfeld) has a mom to think of.
3. A black suit for Secret wars
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Although No way homeThe mid-credit stinger suggests a meeting between Venom and Peter in the short term, we have a slightly different suspicion of future events. Spider-Man first wore the black Spider-Suit at the 1984 Marvel Comics crossover event Secret wars. The story has seen characters like Spider-Man, Wolverine, and Doctor Doom being drawn into distant Battleworld by the Beyonder to go to war for its apparent amusement. In issue 8, Peter searches for a machine that generates new costumes and equipment. Assuming he found it, a mass of glue binds to his existing threads, creating the black suit. The following writers took Spider-Man in the black suit on a darker path, and ultimately the suit took on a mind of its own, bonded with Eddie Brock, and became Venom.
So let’s imagine a movie called Avengers: Secret Wars. Spider-Man is drawn to Battleworld along with the rest of the existing heroes, say in 2027, where he finally meets the symbiote.
Granted, that means an MCU version of Venom’s story would have to wait for a possible Spider-man 5, but with Spider Man Film producer Amy Pascal is already saying that a second trilogy is on the way, that would make an interesting middle chapter.
4. Heroes of the Multiverse
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If Spider-Man stays in the MCU, then he must have a pretty big role in the eventual fight against Kang the Conqueror (Jonathan majors), to the right? Some refer to the events of No way home positioned Peter to ultimately become the leader of the Avengers – although that seemed like the takeaway from Spider-Man: Far From Home too – and that would make a confrontation with the Multiversal tyrant inevitable.
Like our theory Secret wars film, it’s a story to follow Spider-Man 4 and he seems to want to be more grounded. Nonetheless, the box office response to No way home can see Marvel and Sony want Peter in this place of authority – like it or not.
Bringing Peter into the multiverse problem might even offer Sony’s Spider-Man universe the chance to see Holland incarnate. Although it may already be in the cards …
5. Into the Spider-Verse
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Now that the events of No way home are more or less common knowledge, the emphasis is on Morbius like the next Spider-Man related movie. Its trailers leave us with a question: is the movie set in the MCU? With the low public image of Spidey dotting the walls of the film and the appearance of Spider-Man: Homecoming‘s Adrian Toomes (Michael keaton), it may be a stealth version of the MCU and another sign of the growing relationship between Sony and Marvel. The film could also take place in a universe very similar to the MCU where Peter wears Tom Holland’s face. We won’t have to wait too long for the response there, however, as the Mobius hits theaters next month.
Meanwhile, now that we’ve seen all three Spider-Men live in one location, we seriously doubt that they’ll be missing from Spider-Man: Through the Spider-Verse (Part one Where Second part). If only for vocal cameos, the trio – with Holland in particular – could further bolster the idea of a true cross-platform Multiverse with an appearance. Wilder would still be a live crossover with the animated Miles (Shameik moore) and Gwen (Hailee Steinfeld). Savage is the Spider-Verse playbook, after all.
And speaking of the other two Peters live action…
6. The real Spider-Man 4
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An absolute outlier possibility is that Sony, director Sam Raimi, and Tobey Maguire will reunite to finally make Spider-Man 4. The film was canceled in 2010 in favor of The Amazing Spider-Man, with residual voltages of Spider-man 3 no doubt contributed despite the cordial memories of everyone involved. Nonetheless, as Raimi recently said, he never expected to direct another superhero movie after he had the heartache of making Spider-man 3 and the development of Spider-Man 4.
But now the situation is different: Raimi does Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness and Maguire returned as Peter for some pretty touching scenes in No way home. The brief mention of post-Spider-man 3 events offers tantalizing clues about his life with Mary Jane (Kirsten dunst) and, perhaps, a new member of the Parker clan. Fans online are already asking and debuting Mayday Parker, a comic book character with her own story as the Amazing Spider-Girl.
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And while we talk about outliers, Andrew Garfield reminded us how good is this he was in these The Incredible Spider-Man movies, and we would like to see The Incredible Spider-Man 3 if only to see him find his GM. Well, and see him clean up after the dark and bitter years he mentioned in No way home. Come to think of it, wouldn’t it be amazing if Spider-Man comes into Morbius was Garfield?
This feeling of limitless possibility (and interconnectedness) is one of the great gifts of No way home. Sure, Into the Spider-Verse offered a first look at it, but now we can see the endless choices ahead for Peter, Sony, and Marvel.
As long as they can all stay neighbors, of course.