Unlike with many other superheroes in the MCU, there have been multiple actors portraying the iconic web-slinger in film. Everybody remembers Tobey Maguire who played Spider-Man in the Sam Raimi trilogy and Andrew Garfield also left his mark on the character in the Amazing Spider-Man series.
But Tom Holland is closest to the comic book Spider-Man of all three actors, and even the late Stan Lee thought so. Holland’s portrayal of Spider-Man is full of youthful enthusiasm and hopefully, Spider-Man will remain in the MCU for years to come. His solo films were successful but there are still some things about Tom Holland’s Spider-Man that don’t make much sense.
10 All Of His Closest Friends Got Dusted
It just so happened very conveniently that when Peter Parker got dusted in Avengers: Infinity War (2018) thanks to Thanos’s snap, so did all of his closest friends and classmates whom the writers needed to be the same age as Peter when he came back to life.
It’s statistically unlikely that all of the key characters wouldn’t survive the snap but as said before, they had to be as old as Peter so it happened anyway.
9 His Spidey Sense Doesn’t Always Work
It seems like Spider-Man’s iconic Spidey sense is a work in progress in the MCU. It seems to work only from time to time, like when it alarms Peter that something bad is going on at the beginning of Avengers: Infinity War. However, other times, it stays silent even though Peter finds himself in a dangerous situation.
Perhaps as he’s mastering his powers, so does his Spidey sense evolve (and no, we’re not going to be calling it ‘Peter tingle’).
8 Personal Connections To His Villains
A villain with a personal connection to the hero is often the best because it raises the stakes higher. But Spider-Man brings this to a whole new level, not only in the comics but also in the Sam Raimi film trilogy, and, of course, in the MCU as well. The realization that Vulture is the dad of his crush Liz was one of the best moments in Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017).
And Mysterio also had a personal connection to Peter because he was the former disgruntled employee of Tony Stark, Peter’s mentor. However, considering how many people there are in the world it’s somewhat statistically unlikely that Spider-Man would end up fighting the two people who have a connection to him.
7 His Crush On MJ
The last time Peter and Michelle were seen together in the MCU before Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) came to theaters, he barely noticed her and had a crush on another classmate of his, Liz.
But at the beginning of Spider-Man: Far From Home, it’s established that Peter is into MJ, without giving the viewers a single glimpse into how this came to be. Crushes usually don’t appear overnight and giving a little background to the couple would do wonders for its credibility.
6 He Kept His Identity A Secret
With the exception of Tony Stark who found out for himself, Ned, MJ, and aunt May, most people, especially Peter’s classmates, have no idea he’s Spider-Man. That’s why it’s such a disaster for Peter when Mysterio outs him to the world at the end of Spider-Man: Far From Home.
It’s a wonder that Peter managed to keep the secret for as long as he did, though, since he’s not particularly careful and also isn’t that much of a liar and stumbles over his words whenever someone confronts him about something.
5 His Friends Don’t Have Many Backstories
Alright, this is more about Peter’s friends than himself but it still deserves a spot on this list considering how glaringly obvious it is. One of the things that the original Sam Raimi trilogy did better was that it gave a background story even to the supporting characters, such as MJ and Harry.
But the MCU Spider-Man movies don’t do it and with the exception of Peter, and characters already established from previous movies, most of the characters are a bit simplified. For example, Ned plays the part of a geeky humorous best friend, and very little is known about Michelle’s life, except for her love for reading and drawing.
4 Iron Spider’s Number Of Arms
When Tony Stark presents Peter with a new suit, Peter is overjoyed and quickly takes it on. The Iron Spider suit, though, underwent a bit of inexplicable change in comparison to the comics.
In the comics, it had three metallic arms coming out of the suit while the MCU version of this Spidey suit had four metallic arms in total. It’s just a small detail but it was never explained why Tony Stark designed the suit this way – maybe he thought it looked cool with four arms?
3 He Adores Tony Stark
Peter pretty much worships Tony in the MCU and considers him his mentor, a friend, and maybe even a father-figure of sorts. That makes him blind to all Tony’s mistakes, and there are many of those despite all the good character traits Tony also has and all the good things he’s done.
For example, instead of making Peter understand what he did wrong with the ferry, Tony takes away Peter’s suit which leaves the young hero much more likely to get injured. Not a very responsible move from someone who’s an adult and as experienced as Tony presents himself to be.
2 Nobody Cares About Peter’s Behavior
When Peter becomes Spider-Man, he spends a lot of time helping people, swinging around New York City, and less time doing all the things he used to do, such as the marching band and the decathlon training in school.
It’s a bit strange that no-one sees Peter’s behavior as a red flag, even if he feeds them vague lies about “the incredibly time-consuming Stark internship”. In the end, it’s a little ironic that it’s MJ who figures out what’s happening with Peter, and only because she’s crushing on him and is paying a lot of attention to the young hero.
1 Peter Doesn’t Suffer Any Trauma
In the film Avengers: Infinity War, Peter ended up dusted alongside many Earth’s mightiest heroes. And unlike other superheroes, his death was a bit prolonged since he felt it coming (that was the whole legendary I don’t feel so good scene). But when Peter is back once Hulk reverses Thanos’s snap, he seems entirely fine.
Not that the fans would want him to be traumatized but dying and then coming back to life still should have left a more noticeable mark on any person, Spider-Man included.
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