There Might Be a ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ Plot Hole Involving Spider Legs

Spider-Man is one of the most popular superheroes ever, but in terms of movies, Spider-Man hasn’t had the best of luck.

However, Marvel negotiated with Sony over Spider-Man, and eventually, Marvel got to make its own Spider-Man movies. These movies were generally well-received, especially when compared to the other Spider-Man movies that Sony had made.

That said, these Marvel Spider-Man movies weren’t flawless, and Marvel fans have noticed a lot of small or minor issues with them. Here’s a look at what could be a small plot hole in Spider-Man: Homecoming that has to do with spider legs, or rather, the spider legs that he doesn’t have. 

A look at “Instant Kill” mode in the MCU

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Spider-Man’s origin story has been told plenty of times, but the MCU movies add a new twist to it. In the other movies, Peter Parker builds the final Spider Suit that he wears. Rather than doing that, in the MCU Spider-Man movies, Tony Stark builds the Spider Suit for him.

As a result, the MCU Spider Suit has a ton of Stark tech, and the movies will use that tech quite often. 

One of those high-tech features include Instant Kill mode, which, like its name implies, will instantly kill things. Spider-Man first notices this mode in Spider-Man: Homecoming, when he was just exploring his suit and what it could do. Spider-Man doesn’t kill people, so obviously, after almost activating it, he tells his suit to not activate it. 

However, after getting dusted and coming back, Spider-Man had good reason to finally use that mode. He uses it in Avengers: Endgame, and Instant Kill mode turns out to be exactly what it’s advertised as. His suit sprouts out a bunch of spider legs and they stab all the bad guys who are trying to attack him. That said, there are a couple of issues with this scene. 

Why “Instant Kill” mode may be a plot hole

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Like Marvel fans on Reddit mentioned, Instant Kill mode may be a plot hole. This was because, in Avengers: Infinity War, Stark built yet another suit for Spider-Man. This suit is called the Iron Spider suit, and it, like its name implies, has new features that include things ranging from a stronger construction as well as spider legs that sprout out of the back. 

But of course, since the first suit that Stark built for Spider-man had an Instant Kill mode, that made fans wonder how Instant Kill would even work on that first suit since it didn’t come with spider legs. That said, Marvel fans quickly shot down this question, since there are a lot of possible answers. 

Why this isn’t a plot hole

Off the bat, Stark is a creative person, and he’s made a lot of unique and cool tools to work with. As a result, it’s entirely possible that the first suit that he gave Spider-Man would’ve used different weapons when Instant Kill mode was activated. This is the most likely explanation, since it’s simply the logical thing for Stark to do. 

That said, some fans still couldn’t help but feel like Marvel could’ve handled this better. Spider-Man, like many superheroes, don’t kill people, so having an Instant Kill mode never really made much sense. As a result, some fans wanted to see Marvel flip things on its head. Instead of Instant Kill mode killing people, it would just be a playful prank that wouldn’t actually do anything. 

Regardless of this missed opportunity, other fans simply dispute the idea that this was even a plot hole at all. At worst, this is just a nitpick that won’t affect the plot of the movies.