Last year, Captain America: Civil War rushed into theaters, and the movie did more than split up the Avengers. The film acted as a springboard for Tom Holland’s Spider-Man, and it seems like some of the hero’s Civil War storyline was nearly carried over into his recent standalone.
Recently, Yahoo! Movies was able to sit down with the screenwriters of Spider-Man: Homecoming. John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein opened up about some of their original ideas for the film, and the pair revealed they even toyed with the idea of bringing in a major Civil War twist from the original comics
Yes, that’s right. Spider-Man: Homecoming came close to having Peter Parker out himself as a superhero to the world.
“That scene with the press behind the door, that started off as a more clear opportunity for Peter to say to the world, “I, Peter Parker, am Spider-Man.’ And he decides not to do it and walks away. It’s still that, but it had been set up that if he could just tell the world who he is, he would get all his problems solved and be loved by everyone,” Goldstein admitted.
Daley also chimed in, saying, “What he realizes is that there is a virtue in being a secret identity and how he kind of has the advantage in many ways over his other superhero buddies.”
Spider-Man isn’t able to keep his secret identity hidden away from everyone. Peter’s best friend and aunt ultimately suss out the truth behind his Stark internship, and even Adrian Toomes learns about Spider-Man since Peter is crushing on his daughter. The MCU may not put as heavy of a focus on secret identities as Marvel’s comics do, but Peter seems determined to fly under the radar by keeping his personal and superhero lives separate.
There’s no telling how long Peter will be able to differentiate his identities, but fans are glad to hear Spider-Man: Homecoming didn’t end the streak so soon. The standalone acts as the hero’s first big plunge into the MCU following his previous Captain America cameo, so there is still a lot to explore with Peter’s duel identities. Having Spider-Man out himself to the world in his first solo venture would have felt premature, so it is good to see Peter’s secret is still safely hidden.
Well, for the most part that is.