What is or isn’t “canon” in the Marvel Cinematic Universe has come up a lot recently, from the Venom spin-off to the Inhumans show to the various Netflix series. At the end of the day, there’s really nothing stopping you, or me, or anyone from deciding that for ourselves, though now it seems Spider-Man actor Tom Holland has gotten in on head-canon game.
While speaking to The Huffington Post, Holland revealed the following about the young kid in the toy Iron Man mask who stands up to the drone robot before being saved by Tony in Iron Man 2:
“I can confirm that as of today. I literally had a conversation with Kevin Feige only 20 minutes ago. Maybe I’ve just done a big, old spoiler, but it’s out there now,” said Holland. “It’s cool. I like the idea that Peter Parker has been in the universe since the beginning.”
That sounds pretty neat, though before we start jumping to conclusions, Germain Lussier of iO9 asked him to clarify exactly what he meant about his conversation with Feige:
“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 it’s exploded.”
I’ll be honest, I haven’t heard of this fan theory before today, but it seems to have been around for some time. The Stark Expo was in Queens, and it’s nice to think that a kid in one of these sort of encounters might go on to become a superhero themselves. Fan theories ran rampant about Robin in The Dark Knight Rises prior to release, with many theorizing that the kid Batman gives his night-vision device to in Batman Begins was actually Dick Grayson or one of the other future Boy Wonders, so clearly a lot of folks want to see a story like that on screen. If the Marvel Cinematic Universe lasts for another decade, and I’m sure it will, kids growing up watching the Avengers and going on to become superheroes themselves might end up being pretty commonplace (*cough* Ms. Marvel *cough*).
While Holland didn’t get the confirmation he seemed to, I’m not sure it makes a difference whether this comes from the actor or producer at this stage until we see something about it on screen. It’s still a “confirmation” the same way, say, J.K. Rowling gives “confirmations” that there were Jewish or queer students at Hogwarts every time she’s asked. It was nowhere in the actual text, but it’s a nice thought. Sure. Why not!
Spider-Man: Homecoming kick-flips and ollies into theat- sorry, sorry, wrong Spider-Man series. I’ll stick to the usual: it SWINGS into theatres on July 7th.