Thanks to the new issue of Empire (via Squareeyed), we now have our first big insight into what role Spider-Man will have in Captain America: Civil War. But will he pick Team Iron Man or Team Cap?
Although there’s no sign of Tom Holland or his web-slinging first appearance as the wall crawler in Empire, they do give away a few details that show off just how he will fit into the film’s story.
What Empire are reporting is that Spider-Man won’t make an appearance in the film until after the heroes have picked their sides; after the battle lines have been drawn, Peter Parker “forms a relationship with one character.”
The obvious question to ask is will it be Tony or Steve? You can see why the showmanship and sarcastic wit – as well as the appealing Iron Man toys – of Tony would appeal to young Peter’s frame of mind. After all, this is the youngest Spidey we’ve ever had on the big screen.
Alternatively, the character has always been one of the most honourable heroes that Marvel have on the page, it would make sense to finally translate that to the MCU. Picking Cap would certainly help set him up as another boy scout character, wouldn’t it?
However, what if mention to Spider-Man’s “relationship” isn’t a nod to either of them?
From the same article Chadwick Boseman talks about his appearance as Black Panther in the film; “It’s my political mission to tame it and get it under control,” he says of the conflict between The Avengers. “T’Challa is a prince of Wakanda. All heroes have a weight on their shoulders, but there will eventually be a difference in what I have to carry politically and socially.”
What if Peter was to take a stand, seeing Black Panther’s decision to stay neutral to the whole thing and decide to do the same? That way, the two new characters to the world come off looking strong and you have a bond made between them, which could show the older weary Avengers that they needed to see to pull themselves back together.