Marvel fans rejoiced when news came out earlier this year that everyone’s favorite wallcrawler would (finally) be making an appearance in an actual Marvel movie, instead of those sometimes-good-sometimes-bad ones produced by Sony.
But from a storyline perspective, how exactly is Spider-Man going to join everyone? We mean, we’ve already seen a couple origin stories about Peter Parker, so we really don’t need another one. But considering there have already been multiple battles in New York in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it begs the question: why the hell hasn’t Spidey shown up to lend a hand yet and, you know, save people?
According to Heroic Hollywood, the explanation is simple. In Captain America: Civil War, Spider-Man will have been testing the waters of being a hero for roughly a year now, staying out of the public eye. In fact, he’s still just an urban legend for New Yorkers until he needs to choose sides in the battle between Captain American and Iron Man over superhero regulation, thrusting him into the spotlight.
Most Spider-Man fans will know that part of the character’s history is having Peter Parker sell photos of his web-slinging exploits to the papers so that he can earn a living. You would think he would be front page news, not some urban legend. Hopefully Civil War will have a decent explanation for Spidey’s sudden appearance, and one that doesn’t include “because Marvel didn’t have the rights until now.”