Kevin Feige Already Squelched This Major Spider-Man Concern in the MCU
Recruited by the one and only Tony Stark to lend a hand in the battle that divided our super saviors, Tom Holland’s Spider-Man came onto the scene as the web-slinger in the 2016 MCU installment Captain America: Civil War. The most important part of the previous sentence: recruited by Tony Stark.
Because Tony Stark became Peter Parker’s mentor and father figure (especially in the absence of the beloved Uncle Ben), Parker grew to admire — and he desired to emulate — the genius, billionaire, playboy, philanthropist who opened his heart to the nerdy kid from New York. As a result, many feel that Tom Holland took on a typical protege arc, growing in Iron Man’s looming shadow.
In Spider-Man: Far From Home, Parker is seen tinkering with technology in a manner reminiscent of Tony Stark. Not to mention, his identity is revealed; meaning, he will come to confront the same challenges Tony faced as a man whose superhero life and persona life quickly found themselves merged.
All these realizations only augmented the concern that Spider-Man would fail to cement his own path, find a way to leave his own imprint, untethered to Stark’s legacy. However, a while back — when Disney and Sony had yet to reach the agreement currently at hand — Feige did squelch these concerns.
Kevin Feige intends for Spidey to create his own legacy, separate from Stark
When asked about the future of the Spider-Man franchise following Spider-Man: Far From Home, Feige stated the following:
It’ll be fun to see Spidey back in his element, out of the shadow of Tony, out of the shadow of the other Avengers, as his own man now, as his own hero. And yet now facing his own challenges that aren’t coming from Avengers fighting, like [Captain America: Civil War], or aliens coming, like [Avengers: Infinity War] or [Avengers: Endgame]. It’s all Peter focused and Peter based.ComicBook.com
Kevin Feige could not have spelled out his intentions with more clarity: the future of Spider-Man will be focused on Peter Parker. It Will be “Peter-based,” he explains. Now that Captain America and Iron Man are no longer in the MCU, Parker will walk into situations without his safety nets there for protection; he will have to mature, wisen up, and take on a leadership-esque role as he comes into his superhero identity.
Spider-Man may pay homage to Stark, but he will leave his own mark on the MCU
Spider-Man: Far From Home needed to reveal how Parker was handling Tony’s death; otherwise, the movie would have been a complete non-sequitur. The installment was a logical and necessary next step. However, for those who are still afraid that Spidey will never emerge from Tony Stark’s shadow, know that Kevin Feige’s plan is to make sure he does just that. He is his own hero, and he will leave a unique legacy.
Tony Stark groomed Spider-Man, but Peter Parker must now learn to be Spidey sans Stark; he will not be the “next Stark,” he will be a man who comes into his maturity with the wisdom and the knowledge Stark has passed on. The two are not synonymous.