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Ah, so Spider-man: Freshman Year is technically a What If…? series?

July 29th, 2022 by Marc Comments

We got our first look at Spider-man: Freshman Year during SDCC last weekend and it looks like a funny little animated series but it also caused some confusion.

Word was it was canon to the MCU, but the images and info we saw/heard certainly meant it couldn’t be (here), so we were all a little confused about what was happening.

However, as we speculated, it could be both and still be canon.

How? Well, multiverse of course.

Thor: Love and Thunder and What If…? producer Brad Winderbaum has addressed the canon status of the show and has cleared it all up.

“Well, like we said, in the panel, it follows the pattern that you see in [Captain America:] Civil War,” Winderbaum said

“Down to Peter getting the broken Blu-ray player from the trash and he walks into his department for the famous moment where Tony stark is waiting for him to offer him the stark internship and take him to Berlin. But because of things that happen in the multiverse because of new, random occurrences, it’s not Tony Stark who’s waiting for him there. It’s Norman Osborn and that sends his life in an unexpected trajectory that collides him with many unexpected characters in the Marvel universe.”

He goes on: “What if Norman Osborn became Peter Parker’s mentor rather than Tony Stark?”

In this universe Peter will have Amadeus Cho and Daredevil to be his mentors rather than the other Avengers he partnered with in the MCU so, technically, it’s a What If…? series.

Ok, that’s cool. Although we can’t help but feel that ‘Multiverse!’ will be an answer for any inconsistencies and offshoots that don’t line up. And that’s fine by us.

Spider-man: Freshman Year is due to hit Disney+ next year with season 2, Spider-man: Sophomore Year due in 2024.

Marc is a self-confessed nerd. Ever since seeing Star Wars for the first time around 1979 he’s been an unapologetic fan of the Wars and still believes, with Clone Wars and now Underworld, we are yet to see the best Star Wars. He’s a dad of two who now doesn’t have the time (or money) to collect the amount of toys, comics, movies and books he once did, much to the relief of his long-suffering wife. In the real world he’s a graphic designer. He started Following the Nerd because he was tired of searching a million sites every day for all the best news that he loves and decided to create one place where you can go to get the whole lot. Secretly he longs to be sitting in the cockpit of his YT-1300 Corellian Transport ship with his co-pilot Chewie, roaming the universe, waiting for his next big adventure, but feels just at home watching cartoons with his kids….