A detail in Avengers, finally erased, could have referred to the Spider-Man played by Andrew Garfield, who had just made his appearance the same year. Warning, spoilers.
Before Tom Holland donned the Spider-Man costume to join the MCU and the Avengers, there was Andrew Garfield. Star of the reboot of Spider-Man by Sony after Sam Raimi’s trilogy with Tobey Maguire, the British-American actor slipped into the shoes of Peter Parker in Marc Webb’s The Amazing Spider-Man released in 2012.
The same year, Avengers hit theaters and brought together Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Captain America (Chris Evans), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) and Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) , while also completing phase I of the MCU.
And if we are to believe Avi Arad and Matthew Tolmach, the producers of The Amazing Spider-Man, a little nod to the film should have been hiding in Avengers and therefore potentially making it “canon” [terme qui signifie qu’une oeuvre est considérée comme appartenant à un univers de fiction qui permet de constituer un tout cohérent et solide, ndlr] Andrew Garfield’s Spider-Man in the MCU.
A missed nod to The Amazing Spider-Man
As had revealed IndieWire via a producer interview with Latino Review in 2012, the Oscorp tower should have appeared in Avengers. Indeed, the public should have seen the headquarters of the company of Norman then Harry Osborn of the two parts of The Amazing Spider-Man in the background during the battle of New York against the Chitauris. But this reference to this iteration of Spider-Man unfortunately could not be incorporated.
The digitized New York backdrop in Avengers was ready before plans for the Oscorp tower model were completed. It was therefore too late. Sony and Marvel not having issued an agreement at that time concerning the character of Spider-Man, making it impossible for Andrew Garfield to be present in an MCU film, this easter egg could have been a way to open the field. possibilities to a potential arrival of the actor later in the universe.
If this hidden detail had remained in the film, perhaps other connections would have been made between Andrew Garfield’s Spider-Man and the MCU before Spider-Man appeared in Phase III in Captain America: Civil War. Especially at the time, Andrew Garfield was definitely up for joining the Avengers as he had told Vulture, long before Sony and Marvel finally reached an agreement to share the character of Peter Parker.
But now, Sony and Marvel have decided otherwise. After long negotiations, some exchanges of which had leaked in 2014 following a hack, the studios have once again rebooted this character by choosing Tom Holland in 2015 to succeed Andrew Garfield as Spider-Man and integrate him into the MCU.
Be careful, the following paragraphs reveal spoilers for Spider-Man: No Way Home. Go your way if you haven’t seen the movie.
The No Way Home case and after?
But Andrew Garfield finally got what he hoped for from Spider-Man: No Way Home and therefore joined the MCU. The film indeed brought back the two previous Spider-Man, Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield, alongside Tom Holland for an epic adventure under the power of the Multiverse. Since its release, Marvel has formalized the presence of the two former Spider-Man, including The Amazing, within the MCU, as can be seen on the official website.
And the public is so happy to have found Andrew Garfield, who had however aroused many criticisms at the time of the films The Amazing Spider-Man and had not been entitled to its third installment, that rumors are already rife. on new adventures for the British-American actor in the costume of Spider-Man. In the MCU or elsewhere? We will have to wait for official statements from Sony and Marvel to find out.