Back in 2016, The Russo Brothers played the gamble of a lifetime with Disney striking a deal with Sony Pictures to get Spider-Man under the banner of Marvel Studios. Since his first appearance as Peter Parker/Spider-Man in Captain America: Civil War, Tom Holland has become a fan-favorite for perfectly capturing the essence of a nerdy Peter Parker and a wisecracking Spider-Man.
Widely considered to be the greatest hero in Marvel comics, it is no surprise that Spider-Man is the future of the MCU as he evolves into a much more mature and responsible hero in the upcoming movies. Nonetheless, after the events of Spider-Man: Far From Home, the web-slinger is in a real doozy. And with the untitled Spider-Man 3 confirmed to become a live-action adaptation of the Spider-Verse storyline, fans have been sharing numerous theories that will determine the future of the friendly neighborhood Spider-Man. Here are 16 Spider-Man fan theories that will blow your mind.
16. The Blip Will Introduce More Supporting Characters
While Tom Holland’s Spider-Man has received acclaim for being comic-book accurate, his supporting characters have been quite different, with a few notable ones missing from the movies. While Ned Leeds and MJ are a refreshing take, the absence of Gwen Stacy and Harry Osborn cannot be dismissed. One fan theory suggests that the Blip will introduce these classic characters in the upcoming movie. As it has been speculated that Stacy and Osborn were younger than Peter Parker prior to the Snap, the Blip will introduce these characters at the same age as Peter.
15. Talos Will Help Peter Parker In Clearing His Name
In Spider-Man: Far From Home, Mysterio revealed Spider-Man’s secret identity that left both Peter Parker and the fans shocked. However, the easiest solution to this mess is by using the Skrull General Talos, who is currently impersonating Nick Fury. Using his shape-shifting abilities, Talos can easily take the appearance of Spider-Man, thus clearing Peter Parker’s name.
14. The Sinister Six Is On Its Way
Despite being the most dangerous foes of Spider-Man, a live-action team-up of the Sinister Six has been a distant dream for fans. From Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man trilogy to Sony’s plans of introducing the Sinister Six in The Amazing Spider-Man has been a dead end. But according to a fan theory, the Sinister Six are finally on their way to the MCU. With the Vulture and Scorpion already teaming up, the return of Jamie Foxx’s Electro, Jake Gyllenhaal’s Mysterio, and Alfred Molina’s Doctor Octopus will test Spider-Man’s strength to its limits.
13. J. Jonah Jameson Will Create The Scorpion
In the comics, J. Jonah Jameson’s hatred towards Spider-Man made him directly responsible for the creation of the supervillain, the Scorpion. By persuading Mac Gargan to undergo a genetic experiment to gain Spider-Man’s powers, J. Jonah Jameson wanted to take down Spider-Man. In the MCU, Michael Mando made his appearance as Mac Gargan in the mid-credits scene of Spider-Man: Homecoming, who was badly scarred and incarcerated due to the actions of Spider-Man. As J.K. Simmons also appeared as J. Jonah Jameson at the end of Far From Home, one fan theory suggests that the stage is set for the Scorpion to finally appear.
12. Dmitri Will Be Responsible For Secret Invasion
In Far From Home, Dmitri Smerdyakov appeared as a trusted agent of Nick Fury and a member of S.H.I.E.L.D. in a brief scene. In the comics, Dmitri is the supervillain named Chameleon. As it was revealed that Nick Fury is working in tandem with the Skrull shape-shifters, it won’t be a surprise if Dmitri turns out to be a Skrull too. As a result, one fan theory has stated that Dmitri will become Chameleon in the future, thus starting the Secret Invasion.
11. Peter Parker Will Mentor Morgan Stark
While James Rhodes will be protecting Iron Man’s legacy in the upcoming Armor Wars, it will be Peter Parker who will mentor Morgan Stark to carry forward the legacy of her late father. Maybe, in the near future, we might have an Iron Man 3000 movie?
10. Flash Thomspon Will Become Peter Parker’s Ally
In the comics as well as the previous Sony movies, Flash Thompson has always been a jock and a bully who was a nuisance for Peter Parker. However, the MCU took a different approach with Flash Thompson. Though Flash and Parker might not be the best of friends in the movies, one fan theory has suggested that Flash Thompson will provide protection to Peter Parker after the events of Far From Home. His ardent love for Spider-Man might be the factor in this surprising twist.
9. Spider-Man Will Team Up With Shuri To Fight Kraven
Prior to the release of Black Panther, Kraven the Hunter was reported to appear in the movie. As we have already confirmed that Kraven will be appearing in Spider-Man 3, it is widely speculated that the master hunter will have Wakandan origins. As a result, a fan theory has stated that Spider-Man will team up with the next Black Panther, Shuri, to take down Kraven.
8. Matthew Murdock Will Be Peter Parker’s Lawyer
Earlier this week, Charlie Cox was reported to be seen at the sets of Spider-Man 3. This particular fan theory had predicted that Matthew Murdock will represent Peter Parker as his lawyer, pretty much like the comics. If the reports are believed to be true, Netflix’s Daredevil will finally be recognized by the larger MCU.
7. Mysterio Is Still Alive
In Far From Home, Mysterio was shown to be killed by Spider-Man. His death was even confirmed by E.D.I.T.H. in the movie. However, a fan theory has suggested that Mysterio is still alive and has fooled all of us with his fake death. As E.D.I.T.H. was also used by Mysterio in the movie, it is highly possible that he hacked the machine to create a foolproof plan of faking his death.
6. Ned Leeds Will Become The Hobgoblin
In the comics, Ned Leeds was one of the few characters who became the Hobgoblin. In the movie, Ned Leeds is Peter Parker’s closest friend and confidante. However, Jacob Batalon, who plays the role of Leeds has undergone a massive body transformation, which has led to rumors that he might be playing Hobgoblin in Spider-Man 3.
5. Miles Morales Is Ready To Become Spider-Man
In Spider-Man: Homecoming, Miles Morales was confirmed to exist in the MCU as Aaron Davis, played by Donald Glover, made his appearance in the movie. After the staggering success of Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, it would make sense that the MCU would start grooming its next web-slinger to replace Peter Parker in the future. One fan theory has suggested that that Miles Morales was wiped off during the snap. As a result, he has grown up after the Blip, and ready for a spider-bite that will change his life.
4. Peter Parker Will Take A New Identity
In Identity Crisis, Peter Parker donned four new superhero personas to fight crime while trying to clear his name. One fan theory from Reddit has stated that the current MCU predicament is quite similar to that of the comics, which might result in Peter Parker donning a superhero persona which was briefly shown in Far From Home: Night Monkey.
3. Norman Osborn Is Secretly Pulling The Strings
All great fan theories predict a grand conspiracy that will shock the audience. One such theory is that there is a mysterious character lurking in the shadows who has quietly bought the Avengers tower and pulling the strings from the background. Yes, the theory is suggesting that Norman Osborn aka Green Goblin is the mastermind behind this predicament and will most probably lead the Sinister Six against Spider-Man.
2. MCU’s Uncle Ben Is A Bad Guy
Uncle Ben has always been an inspirational figure who has guided Spider-Man to become the greatest superhero the world has ever seen. But for some reason, Uncle Ben has been mysteriously absent in the MCU. One fan theory has suggested Uncle Ben is not dead in the MCU, but rather absconding, which explains the mentoring of Peter Parker by Tony Stark, and now, Happy Hogan.
1. Spider-Man Will Make Superheroes Unpopular
While this might sound a bit far-fetched, the current situation of the MCU is a perfect stage for people losing faith in superheroes. With Spider-Man unmasked and framed for Mysterio’s murder, it will cause a domino effect that will make superheroes widely unpopular among the general public.