- Iron Man’s death allows Spider-Man to become a real Avenger.
- Spider-Man’s interactions in the MCU were limited to Iron Man and Doctor Strange.
- Spider-Man needs to move away from Iron Man’s shadow and build relationships with other heroes.
Iron Man’s death in Avengers: Endgame had a massive impact on the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and though it mostly affected Spider-Man (Tom Holland), now thanks to it, Spider-Man can become a real Avenger. The MCU is what it is in large part thanks to Iron Man, as he was the character who kicked off this massive connected universe. As such, Iron Man went on to become the leader of the original Avengers team alongside Captain America, but they were also the ones who ended the team with the Civil War conflict.
With all his superhero duties, as well as those at Stark Industries and the problems in his personal life, Tony Stark still found time to recruit other superheroes and even mentor them. Such was the case for Peter Parker, who Tony found on the internet thanks to the videos of Spider-Man that were uploaded. Peter became Tony’s mentee in the MCU, and thanks to him, he had a new suit, gadgets, and a place in the Civil War conflict on Team Iron Man, but Spider-Man never became a real Avenger – but now that Iron Man is dead, Spider-Man can finally become one.
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Spider-Man’s Avengers Interaction Were Teased Early
Spider-Man met most of the original Avengers in his first MCU appearance.
Despite being one of the most popular characters from Marvel Comics, it took too long for Spider-Man to finally be able to join the MCU. Spider-Man was in the middle of a rights battle that was settled with a deal between Marvel and Sony, and so he made his MCU debut in Captain America: Civil War. With this, the MCU skipped Spider-Man’s origin story, and he was immediately thrown into action when Tony Stark recruited him for his side of the Civil War battle.
Thanks to this, Spider-Man was able to meet most of the original Avengers as well as Black Panther, War Machine, and Ant-Man, but he didn’t become an Avenger. Spider-Man’s interactions with the rest of the heroes, although most of them brief, pointed at the web-slinger interacting with other Avengers even if he wasn’t an official member of the team, but that wasn’t the case. Because of the mentor/mentee dynamic between Tony and Peter, Iron Man was the only Avenger Spider-Man truly interacted with in the MCU.
Even though Spider-Man joined other heroes in Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame, he didn’t have real interactions with other Avengers. Spider-Man fought alongside Doctor Strange and the Guardians of the Galaxy in the Battle of Titan and alongside every other MCU hero active at the moment in the Battle of Earth, and once again with Doctor Strange in Spider-Man: No Way Home, but Doctor Strange isn’t an official Avenger.
Spider-Man Only Got Real Screentime With Iron Man
Iron Man’s presence ended up limiting Spider-Man.
As mentioned above, out of all the Avengers, Spider-Man interacted the most with Iron Man thanks to their strong bond and mentor/mentee dynamic. Spider-Man and Iron Man’s interactions weren’t just during battles but also off-duty, strengthening their unique bond. Even though he didn’t become a real Avenger right away, Civil War showed that Spider-Man wasn’t limited in his interactions with other characters and could have on-screen time with them, but Marvel seem to have forgotten that and limited him to interactions with just Iron Man.
While this wasn’t entirely bad as it allowed the audience to see the special bond between Tony and Peter, which made moments like Thanos’ snap a lot more tragic, Spider-Man shouldn’t be limited to just sharing screen time with one or two heroes. Now that Iron Man is gone, Spider-Man has had to adapt to a world without Tony Stark and any help from him, but his absence can finally let him interact and really get to know other Avengers, whether the original ones or those who will form the new team for Avengers: The Kang Dynasty and Avengers: Secret Wars.
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Why The MCU’s Future Needs To Show Him Spending More Time With Other Heroes
Spider-Man needs to move away from Iron Man’s shadow.
The MCU completely missed the chance of having Spider-Man interact with other Avengers and heroes and actually build connections with them, and instead, he was limited to Tony Stark and now Doctor Strange. In the comics, Spider-Man has individual dynamics with all the Avengers, so it’s not like the character has always been limited to interacting with just one other hero. In order to keep pushing Spider-Man’s story forward and away from Tony’s shadow, the MCU needs to build new relationships between Spider-Man and other heroes, which shouldn’t be too hard as none of them remember he’s Peter Parker anymore.
After making Strange cast a spell that would make everyone forget Peter Parker at the end of Spider-Man: No Way Home, Spider-Man is now completely alone, and he will need to rebuild his relationship with Doctor Strange and connect with other heroes, as well. Spider-Man is not a loner, so he needs to interact with other superheroes, which can make way for some interesting stories in the MCU.