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The Daily Gambit Issue #3246 3rd Oct, 2022

Marvel make pointless Spider-Man connection in Iron Man 2

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Over the weekend I was away on my friend’s stag and with checking my social media from time to time I kept seeing posts about the ‘big’ Spider-Man connection in ‘Iron Man 2′. The news was brought up by the ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ director Jon Watts and confirmed by Tom Holland. Without reading into the details of the interviews I still couldn’t believe that people were eating this up.

Now being back home I was able to read the interview with Jon Watts and it still hasn’t changed my opinion on this promotional garbage they are throwing out for ‘Homecoming’.

With the way the scene in ‘Iron Man 2′ was shot the kid could have been anyone because he never takes the helmet off. It could have been used as speculation for Iron Man 3 as Marvel could have said the kid that helped him in Tennessee was young enough and his interaction with Stark inspired him to become an engineer. I think that would have been more believable given the hindsight Marvel could have had with an Iron Man 3 always on the cards.

It is one thing [for Marvel] to strategically place the child in Iron Man 2 because they were planning to portray a particular Peter Parker, but it’s something different entirely to try and fill in blanks retrospectively for the sake of fan fiction. I mean, in 2000 when Iron Man 2 was released, Andrew Garfield still hadn’t done his two films and Sony were in no position to make a deal with Marvel because they were also planning a Sinister Six movie. The Sony hack and leaking of movie details in 2014 forced their hand to make the deal in 2015.

In my opinion its Marvel fueling the ‘Homecoming’ hype and it frustrates the hell out of me as they are just indulging in the idiocy of its fans to get them even more invested in the new Spider-Man.

Here is the excerpt from the interview UPROXX did with Jon Watts:

“I was watching all these other movies and being like, ‘What if that little kid at the Stark Expo was Peter Parker? In the Iron Man mask,’” he said. “Like, he’d be about the right age for that. And he loves Tony Stark. ‘Oh, what about after the Avengers battle, who would clean that stuff up?’ Because they mention damage control at one point in the movie. So it’s this thing where, because it’s not completely figured out, that you can just go back and basically write fan fiction for those movies, then the fan fiction becomes reality.”

“I remember watching that with [Marvel Studios head] Kevin Feige and everyone and being like, ‘Does the math work on that?’” Watts recalled. “He was like, ‘It might, maybe.’ Then I found out that was Jon Favreau’s kid.”



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