One of the better fan theories about the Marvel Cinematic Universe has seemingly been confirmed.
“Spider-Man: Homecoming” star Tom Holland has told The Huffington Post that his character of Peter Parker is the kid wearing an Iron Man mask at the Stark Expo during the battle scene at the end of “Iron Man 2”. Here’s the scene in question:
The fan theory has been floating around for some time as the ages line-up, the Expo takes place in Queens and Parker is both a Tony Stark fan and would be interested in technology. Marvel has now apparently retconned that moment, Holland this weekend said:
“I can confirm that as of today. I literally had a conversation with [Marvel Studios president] Kevin Feige only 20 minutes ago. Maybe I’ve just done a big, old spoiler, but it’s out there now. It’s cool. I like the idea that Peter Parker has been in the universe since the beginning.”
Holland followed that up with a comment to io9, clarifying it is him who has essentially taken it upon himself rather than being told by Marvel higher-ups:
“It’s funny, I literally had a conversation with Kevin like 20 minutes before [The Huffington Post] interview and he didn’t confirm it, I took it upon myself just because I thought it would be a good story and its exploded.”
The outlet also asked director Jon Watts if there was a chance that Peter Parker being in New York when the Battle of New York in “Avengers” took place would come up later he said:
“You have to think about two really big events. The one is seeing Tony Stark on TV, reveal to the world that he’s Iron Man. That would be so dramatic. Then, yes, the events at the end of Avengers would be a big deal to a little kid. And I think that might be something that would be worth exploring.”
They then asked Watts if it’s possible that the “Avengers” battle is where Uncle Ben died to which he responded: “Oh, that’s interesting.”
“Spider-Man Homecoming” opens July 7th.