Turns Out The Iron Man 2/Spider-Man Fan Theory Is Actually True
Warning: Contains Spoilers
There's a long-running Marvel fan theory that's had people's Spidey senses tingling for a while now and it goes a little something like this: Captain America: Civil War and Spider-Man: Homecoming weren't actually Peter Parker's first appearances in the Marvel Comics universe.
Iron Man's Tony Stark served as a mentor to Parker, but fans have long speculated that their relationship might stretch even further back, to when Parker was just a small child.
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Fans of the films cite one particular scene from Iron Man 2 as their evidence.
At the Stark Expo, Iron Man gets into a fight and a young boy stares down a killer robot. Iron Man swoops in to save the day, saying "nice job, kid", before leaping away to finish the battle.
Some people think that this small child could in fact be a young Peter Parker.
It kind of makes sense if you look at the facts.
First of all, the expo takes place in Parker's hometown of Queens, New York City. Parker is also in his mid-teens in Spider-Man: Homecoming, which comes out next month, so he would have been around the same age as the young boy in Iron Man 2, which came out in 2010.
Still not convinced? Well, you should be because now there is word straight from the proverbial horse's mouth that the young kid in Iron Man 2 is in fact Peter Parker.
Tom Holland, star of Spider-Man: Homecoming, has confirmed the rumours and, what's more, he got the information directly from Marvel head honcho Kevin Feige.
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"It is Peter Parker," said Holland. "I can confirm that, that is Peter Parker.
"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.
"It's cool. I like the idea that Peter Parker has been in the universe since the beginning."
Tom is the man behind the mask this time around and he recently spoke to HuffPost about what it was like to play the part.
"It's crazy, man. I genuinely could not describe how I'm feeling right now," he said.
"It's the most surreal experience I've been through. It's changed my life. I've met some of the best friends I'll keep forever, and I'm so lucky, man. I'm so, so lucky.
"I met [Tobey Maguire] a few weeks ago, actually in LA, in a screening of Baby Driver. He was sitting directly in front of me.
"Super nice guy. He seemed happy to meet me and to pass on the baton. Yeah, it was good meeting."
Words: Paddy Maddison
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