Ever since Spider-Man swung into Captain America: Civil War and finally joined the Marvel Cinematic Universe, there’s been a fan theory that Peter Parker may have shown up before.
For those of you unfamiliar with it, many believe that the youngster wearing an Iron Man mask who stands up to one of Justin Hammer’s drones in Iron Man 2 is, in fact, the future Spider-Man, and Tom Holland has confirmed in an interview that that is indeed the case.
You can watch that scene for yourselves below, but before you go doubting the validity of Holland’s claims, both Kevin Feige and Spider-Man: Homecoming director Jon Watts have also stated that the child (played by Jon Favreau’s son) is now meant to be Peter Parker.
“I can confirm that is Peter Parker,” Holland says. “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. It’s cool. I like the idea that Peter Parker has been in the universe since the beginning.” As retcons go, this is undoubtedly one of the coolest!
Whether or not it’s going to be referenced in Spider-Man: Homecoming or a future movie remains to be seen, but it’s nice to be able to look at Iron Man 2 (one of Marvel’s weaker efforts) knowing that it’s there Spider-Man first entered this every growing shared world.