Spider-Man has become very popular in the field of entertainment recently. With the preview of Spider-Man: No Way Home in a few weeks, many fans wonder what the next step will be for the character. In addition to the various rumors and leaks that have surfaced in recent months, Sony and Marvel have made many important announcements about Spider-Man’s plans for the future. One such project is a Spider-Man show currently under development for Disney +.
This show will be a prequel series to the Spider-Man movies titled Spider-Man: Freshman Year. It’s an exciting prospect for many fans, as the origins of Spider-Man have not been adequately explored since the launch of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. If you have a show that focuses directly on that, you can finally explore these essential things. But the announcement of this show reveals a dangerous problem with this version of the character.
When Spider-Man first appeared in Captain America: Civil War, he was a 15-year-old second high school student. Since then, the character has performed four more, including two solo tours. However, the surface is only about a year old when he first shows up when Far From Home confirms that Peter was only 16 years old.
No Way Home seems to be following the trend as it looks to return shortly after its last solo tour. While this may lead Peter to senior year, the events of Blip make it harder to say where he is educational. Now that Disney +’s first year focuses on Peter’s time in high school, the character always seems to get involved in it at some point.
While there is nothing fundamentally wrong with MCU focusing more on Spider-Man’s high school years, especially since he’s so central to his life, the slow development in his early years inadvertently instructs instructors not to let this character grow with the audience. This is a minor issue. To see Peter Parker grow up and mature in college is just as important, if not more so, for the Spider-Man myth of his time in high school. Many of her best stories in the comics, such as “Spider-Man No More” and “The Night Gwen Stacy Died,” while attending Empire State University.
Removing such a significant moment in his life as Spider-Man from MCU feels like a massive disregard for the character. The charm of Spider-Man is that he is the superhero of all, and the best way to show him off is to take him to the next stage of his life. So Peter Parker must have the opportunity to drop out of high school forever. While it is still unclear whether No Way Home will allow this to happen, the recently announced second potential trilogy could make this new beginning possible.
To see if Peter Parker can finally move on after high school, Spider-Man: No Way Home hits theaters on December 17th.