Although in the MCU we were never presented with the origin of the powers of Tom Holland’s Spider-Man, we are certain that it was with the classic spider bite. But when did this incident occur?
The year 2016 is already distant when Spider-Man made his first appearance in a Marvel Studios tape. His surprise intervention in a trailer for Captain America: Civil War blew up the networks. Since then, Spidey has already completed a trilogy of solo films (Homecoming, Far From Home and No Way Home) and has participated in two Avengers titles. But the peculiarity that we all know is that the origin story of this Peter Parker was never told, since Marvel Studios thought that it was better that way.
Tom Holland is the third actor to play Spider-Man on film. It’s been 20 years since Tobey Maguire did the same with a trilogy. Later it was Andrew Garfield who starred in the reboot that had two tapes under the title of The Amazing Spider-Man. On both occasions, the origins of Peter Parker and the way in which he became the wall-crawler were revealed. However, when Spidey landed in the MCU at the hands of Tom Holland, things were different. In his first appearance, Peter had already been on patrol for some time as good neighbor Spider-Man. That is why the question was always in the air, is his origin the same as we all know?
Was Tom Holland’s Spider-Man Bitten by a Radioactive Spider?
Although it may seem that this question has never been answered in the MCU, the truth is that it did happen. And it is Peter Parker himself who, in effect, confirms that he was bitten by a spider. We can see this in Spider-Man: No Way Home during a video call conversation between Peter and MJ. Clearly Peter says: “Since I was bitten by that spider, I’ve only had one week where my life has felt normal.”. From that account we know how Peter acquired the powers from him.
Now the question would become: When did it happen? or How did it happen? In this regard, the screenwriter Christopher Markus has spoken, who has just released a book focused on the history of Spider-Man in the cinema. When asked how Spidey got the powers from him, he replied:
“I mean, God knows something like that must have happened (the bite)… But no, I wouldn’t say… I mean, I think he was bitten by a radioactive spider on a field trip. We never talked about it but I think that happened.”
Director Jon Watts, responsible for the Spider-Man trilogy in the MCU, has commented on the same subject:
“It was really cool to skip the past and deal with the repercussions a little bit more…and just explore it from the perspective of someone else realizing it and having a lot of questions.”
The reality is that neither of the two answers could satisfy us, since they neither confirm nor deny the incident.
Will we ever know about the bite incident in the MCU?
Although Marvel Studios decided to take a different path for Tom Holland’s Spider-Man, many of us still wonder about his origins. I’m not just talking about the spider bite and the months before Peter showed up in Civil War. There is also constant doubt about the presence of Uncle Ben, to whom there have been very few references in the MCU, as if he had practically never existed.
Looking back at the character’s future in the MCU, we could establish two key opportunities to explore Peter Parker’s origins. First of all, Peter’s life has taken a 180 degree turn after the end of No Way Home. A fourth installment would be the perfect opportunity to explore Peter’s past, now that he is practically alone in the world. Exploring his origins would give great strength to the new stage of the character.
On the other hand we have the animated series Spider-Man: Freshman Year. Although it has been confirmed that it will not be a prequel to the arachnid in the MCU, it will show the origins of Spidey before reaching Civil War, in what seems to be another universe. So knowing that between universes there are similarities in stories, Freshman Year could give us an idea of when and how Peter was bitten by the spider.
What do you think? When do you think the spider bit Peter Parker to become Spider-Man?
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