Published On: Mon, Jun 26th, 2017

Miles Morales in the MCU, Spider-Man’s Pre-Avengers Cameo, and More Spidey-Things We’ve Learned

We’re learning a lot of new things about the Marvel Cinematic Universe/Sony Spider-Man as the final publicity push for the upcoming Spider-Man: Homecoming kicks in ahead of the movie’s release late next week. Not only is Marvel planning to use Peter Parker to guide audiences through a human-level look at a changing MCU, but there may be room left open for big changes for Spider-Man himself in the future.

By that, I mean that the groundwork is there for Miles Morales within the MCU/Sony’s Spider-Man franchise, and comics fans know that could mean a brand new Spider-Man at some point in the future, though it feels, at least right now, as though that point is probably still far away. The specifics of that groundwork may be a little spoilery for Homecoming for some of you, though, so do yourself a favor and skip right on past the spoiler bars if you’d like to save the surprise (and haven’t had it spoiled yet)—one of very few surprises it seems we have left in the movie, at this point.

At the Spider-Man: Homecoming press junket, where all this information is flowing from, Marvel’s Kevin Feige briefly talked to Screen Crush about

Feige, famously of a “never say never” attitude, had this to say about whether or not the Morales Connection™ is just an Easter egg:

“All of those little things are just Easter eggs for fans until they’re something more than that. But anything that’s happened in the books is potential material for us. In the meantime, I think Miles is a big part of the animated movie that Sony’s making. But where WE go … we definitely want you to go ‘He’s there. He’s there somewhere.’”

So … yeah, it sounds like the intention was certainly to set up for a Miles Morales storyline on the big screen, even if it is still far away.

Speaking of Easter eggs, here’s one that was accomplished by retcon after fan theories about it: Peter Parker appeared in Iron Man 2. Homecoming star Tom Holland told The Huffington Post that he and Kevin Feige had discussed it, and this kid in Iron Man 2 is officially a young Peter Parker:

While Spider-Man becomes more intertwined with the MCU, though, Sony’s other Spider-efforts probably won’t. Sony is planning Venom and Black Cat movies, but it currently seems as though those characters won’t even have much to do with Spider-Man, let alone the wallcrawler’s MCU crossover. Tom Holland told ComicBook.com, “Everyone’s asking this question, man. It’s never happening,” in reference to Venom specifically showing up in his Spider-Man movies.

Though not exactly directly Spider-Man-related, there’s also talk from Feige of the next two Avengers movies being the end of the narrative road for some of the major players in the MCU up to this point. Meanwhile, Homecoming Director John Watts seems like his path is just beginning, as positive reactions to the movie seem to have cemented his return for the sequel, according to Feige and Producer Amy Pascal. For even more tidbits from the press blitz, Newsarama has a rundown for you, with bits about Marissa Tomei’s Aunt May, what Homecoming means for Iron Man, talk about the movie’s diversity just portraying reality, and more, and Monkeys Fighting Robots has extensive video interviews for you to check out.

Enjoy!

(image: Marvel Comics)

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