Tom Holland’s Peter Parker (and as a result, Spider-Man), has been noticeably absent from the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) since his grand-exit-of-sorts at the end of Spider-Man: No Way Home (2021) — but now Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige is hinting at his return in MCU’s Phase Five and Phase Six — but perhaps in a more low-key way than most audiences were expecting.
The Marvel Cinematic Universe’s Peter Parker (yes. the one portrayed by Holland, not Andrew Garfield or the Tobey Maguire “Spider-Men”), has been entirely forgotten by the world in the MCU’s main universe at this point as a result of Doctor Strange’s (Benedict Cumberbatch) spell gone wrong — leaving Holland “free” of any binding Marvel contracts for the moment.
But during this year’s San Diego Comic-Con (SDCC), Marvel Studios head Feige reminded Marvel fans of the web-slinger’s continued involvement in the madness that will be what Marvel is now calling the Multiverse Saga.
Holland’s Spider-Man will reportedly be joining the newly-announced and finally-confirmed likes of Charlie Cox’s Daredevil, this time lower to the ground — as Earth’s “street-level” heroes.
Feige made a distinction between the more “supernatural” and “cosmic-level” threats that Marvel Cinematic Universe heroes would be dealing with, compared to more “street-level” superheroes, while explaining the role that Marvel newcomers Eros (Harry Styles) and Pip (Patton Oswalt), introduced in the Eternals (2021) post-credit scene:
The adventures of Eros and Pip is something very exciting for us. You talk about Ghost Rider, we’ve got Blade, we’ve got Doctor Strange, we’ve got the supernatural angles, we’ve got the street-level with our announcement of Daredevil, and of course, Spidey going into the street-level heroes. And cosmic, and that’s where our friends Eros and Pip live.
This “street-level” team will likely also include Falcon, now Captain America, with Sam Wilson (Anthony Mackie) officially taking on the mantle from Steve Rogers (Chris Evans), alongside Bucky Barnes AKA the Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan), Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) apprentice Kate Bishop (Hailee Steinfeld), maybe even Yelena Belova (Florence Pugh) — Natasha Romanoff’s (Black Widow/Scarlett Johansson’s) sister and fellow Red Room “graduate” — down on the ground on Earth. There is also the case of Tatiana Maslany’s Jennifer Walters/She-Hulk, who will likely join this roster of “street-level” heroes after her MCU debut in the upcoming nine-episode series.
Instead of dealing with giant space-robot Celestials that we saw in Eternals, world-ending sorcery and magic à la Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (2022), and disputes between all-powerful, godly beings like in Thor: Love and Thunder (2022) — these “street-level” heroes will most probably be battling toe-to-toe with more “Earthly” villains — such as the infamously intimidating Wilson Fisk AKA Kingpin (Vincent D’Onofrio) from the (now on Disney+!) Daredevil TV show, whom we last saw in Hawkeye (2021).
However, this should not exclude any of these superheroes from dealing with an “Avengers-level threat” should it arise — likely in Phase Six’s Avengers: The Kang Dynasty (2025) and Avengers: Secret Wars (2025) — both slated for theatrical releases in 2025.
It is possible we will see Holland’s Spider-Man sooner than we expected — for if he is truly still swinging around New York as the end of No Way Home led us to believe, it is highly likely that other New York-based heroes might run into our friendly neighborhood Spider-Man — most notably, Devil of Hell’s Kitchen, and (ex?) Nelson and Murdock lawyer extraordinaire, Matt Murdock AKA Daredevil.
Interestingly enough, Holland’s Peter Parker has already formally met Matt Murdock-the-lawyer in No Way Home — “normal” human Matt expertly catching a flying brick before even Peter could. We’ll just have to stay tuned to find out if he meets Daredevil proper, although many clues seem to be pointing in that direction already.
More on Spider-Man so far
Tom Holland’s iteration of Peter Parker and the web-slinging Spider-Man is on hiatus for the moment after the events of Spider-Man: No Way Home (2021), which introduced us to the Multiversal variants of Peter Parker – The Amazing Spider-Man’s (2012) Andrew Garfield and Sam Raimi Spider-Man trilogy’s Tobey Maguire.
Spidey fans said farewell to Marisa Tomei’s Aunt May, who was caught in the fray when Holland’s Peter Parker tangled with the villainous Green Goblin/Norman Osborn (Willem Dafoe), as well as Jamie Foxx’s Electro and Alfred Molina’s Otto Octavius. With the help of the other Spider-Men, the MCU’s Peter Parker managed to triumph over evil — at great personal cost.
More on Daredevil
Daredevil is the superhero moniker for the blind lawyer-turned-“Devil of Hell’s Kitchen”, Matt Murdock. Alongside paralegal Karen Page (Deborah Ann Woll), best friend and “avocado”-at-law Foggy Nelson (Elden Henson), Matt Murdock starts the law firm Nelson and Murdock, protecting New York’s little guys from their tiny office in Hell’s Kitchen – the legal way.
By night, Murdock becomes Daredevil – using his ultra-sensitive senses as a result of his blindness, Daredevil stalks the streets and exacts his own brand of justice. Along the way, he gets caught up in the criminal underbelly of New York, coming up against the Punisher (Jon Bernthal), Bullseye/Benjamin “Dex” Poindexter (Wilson Bethel), and most notably, Wilson Fisk AKA the Kingpin (Vincent D’Onofrio).
After the events of and The Defenders (2017) and Daredevil Season 3, Daredevil himself seemed to disappear from the MCU after teaming up with Jessica Jones (Krysten Ritter), Luke Cage (Mike Coulter) and Danny Rand/Iron Fist (Finn Jones), mourning the death of Elektra (Elodie Yung) — until he showed up in 2021’s Spider-Man: No Way Home.
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The Marvel Cinematic Universe’s dramatic ending to Phase Three, ‘Avengers: Endgame’ said goodbye to Robert Downey Jr.’s Iron Man/Tony Stark and Chris Evans’ Captain America/Steve Rogers.
Phase Four of the MCU wraps things up with Tatiana Maslany as the eponymous She-Hulk in She-Hulk: Attorney at Law this August 17, 2022. Black Panther: Wakanda Forever will send-off Chadwick Boseman as King T’Challa in November 11, 2022 later this year.
The newly announced MCU Phase Five kicks off with Ant-Man and The Wasp: Quantumania with Scott Lang as Ant-Man (Paul Rudd) and Janet van Dyne as the Wasp (Evangeline Lilly) hitting theatres on February 17, 2023, before May 5, 2023 brings us the final James Gunn-directed Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 3 with Peter Quill AKA Star-Lord (Chris Pratt), and July 28, 2023 takes us to new cosmic heights with The Marvels, a direct sequel to Captain Marvel (2019) starring Brie Larson as Carol Danvers and newcomer Iman Vellani (Ms. Marvel).
We can expect the Disney+ Original Ironheart featuring Riri Williams (Dominique Thorne) Fall 2023, as well as the brand new Blade in November, with 2023 ending in Agatha: Coven of Chaos and 2024 starting with Daredevil: Born Again – both Disney+ exclusives.
Phase Six will surely break new records with Fantastic Four in November 8, 2024, and likely the biggest announcements to date – a return to an Avengers-level threat with the Multiverse Saga’s conclusion in May 2025’s Avengers: The Kang Dynasty and November’s Avengers: Secret Wars.