Tom Holland has confirmed an old fan theory that a young Peter Parker appeared in 2010's Iron Man 2, which is years ahead of Spider-Man's actual debut in Captain America: Civil War.
To give you an idea where this took place in the movie, it is at the start of the climatic battle between Vanko and Ironman at the Stark Expo. Stark's rival Justin Hammer had just unveiled his prototype robot drones. The villain Vanko then takes control of the robots and starts causing mayhem. While the robots are rampaging, one young boy wearing an Iron Man mask holds his ground and actually raises his arm like he could shoot concussive force out of it like his hero. Before the drone could attack the boy, Iron Man flies in, stands behind the boy and shoots it out. He then says "nice work, kid" to the boy before flying away.
Fans have speculated for years that the young boy may in fact be Peter Parker, since the Expo was set at Queens and he is at the right age. Well as it turns out, the fans got it right.
The Huffington Post asked Tom Holland about the fan theory and without missing a beat, he simply answered, "It is Peter Parker."
He then went on the details on how he found out, “I can confirm that as of today. I literally had a conversation with Kevin Feige only 20 minutes ago. Maybe I’ve just done a big, old spoiler, but it’s out there now,” he said, adding, “It’s cool. I like the idea that Peter Parker has been in the universe since the beginning.”
There you go, straight from the actor who plays Spider-Man who got it from the big boss of Marvel Pictures.
Meanwhile, the director of Spider-Man: Homecoming, Jon Watts, also weighted in on how this theory became canon, "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 told UPROXX , "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."
This is mind blowing because it means that Peter Parker was around in Phase One and is currently placed in the movies ahead of Thor and Captain America! I wonder what other little tidbits we'll learn concerning the Stark and Spider-Man dynamic? It's obvious that Stark was already keeping tabs on the young superhero before he was recruited.
Maybe we'll find out more when Spider-Man: Homecoming arrives at cinemas on July 7.