Spider-Man has become such a fan favorite over the years. From a nerdy teen with a strong sense of justice to an exhausted middle-aged superhero ready for a break, we’ve seen more than a few Spideys in our day. Some passionate fans have shared their fan theories regarding our favorite web-slinger and we rounded up some of the best below.
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Mysterio Has Been Keeping Tabs On Spider-Man Throughout The Whole Series
From Redditor u/mynameis4826:
tl;dr: Bruce Campbell’s cameos were actually Mysterio collecting data on Spider-Man, to be used in the shelved plot for Spider-Man 4.
Sony recently revealed that in Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man 4, Bruce Campbell would have played the villain Mysterio. When I had originally heard this, I thought it was a bit of a sloppy idea from Raimi, since Campbell had already had cameos in not just one, nor two, but all three of the previous Spider-Man movies. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed his cameos as much as the next guy, but I had thought that making Campbell a main villain would ruin the whole point of his cameos.
Then I began thinking about Mysterio as a villain: Here is a guy who prides himself on being a master of illusion and disguise. Here is a guy who comes up with needlessly complex plans and illusions in order to provide an ultimate, theatrical pay-off. Wouldn’t it be just perfect if it turned out that Spider-Man’s enemy had been under his nose the whole time?
J. Jonah Jameson Has Always Known That Peter Parker Is Spider-Man And He Loves It
From Redditor u/rildchaper9988:
J.J. Jameson sees Parker come in with some average and rather unspectacular photos of random crap from NY that really has no place being in a newspaper. Then, suddenly this kid comes back with beautifully taken pictures of Spider-Man from seemingly impossible angles. Jameson is not an idiot, he’s been in the newspaper business for over 20 years and knows a fraud when he sees it. He soon realizes that Parker is Spider-Man and decides to run a smear campaign against Spidey. Why? Because he knows Peter. He sees how dedicated Peter becomes when you give him a challenge. So Jameson challenges Spider-Man to do better through the newspaper. He challenges Spider-Man to prove the Daily Bugle wrong and to his credit, Spider-Man does exactly that. Every time the Bugle runs a nasty a piece on Spider-Man, Peter gets right back out there and tries even harder to do right. In short, Jameson keeps Spider-Man from getting complacent; he makes sure there’s always a villain for Spider-Man to fight even if it’s himself. If Jameson really wanted good news stories, he’d focus on the real villains that cause mayhem (Carnage, Venom, Sinister Six, etc…) and while he does write about these other characters he knows that bad news makes for good headlines, so he creates his own villain in Spider-Man without having to glorify the other real villains in the world. Jameson gets his headlines, Spider-Man gets a challenge, and the true villains aren’t glorified too much.
The Spider That Bites Miles Is From Our Universe
From Redditor u/SchneiderWebb:
Rrewatching Spider-Verse, and something that bothered me after my first watch was that it wasn’t clear where the spider that bit Miles came from. It was clear that it came through the collider and back in time, but we never hear anything about the universe (42) that it came from. All the other universes sent Spider-people, but universe 42 just sent the spider. So that means that the radioactive spider hadn’t actually bitten anyone yet in universe 42. And since Miles swatted it, that universe just doesn’t have a Spider-Man. My theory is that we live in universe 42 and that’s the reason Spider-Man doesn’t exist here. Thanks a lot, Kingpin.
Captain America Knew Who Spider-Man Was
From Redditor u/j_u_s_t_i_n:
In the segment of the airport scene where Pete and Steve have their 1:1 fight, Steve drops a skybridge on Pete, who is able to catch it. How was Cap confident that this wouldn’t kill Spidey? Surely their fight didn’t reveal how strong Spidey was, since they were all pulling their punches. A better explanation is that Cap already knew about Spider-Man. After all, it’s clear that Tony had been watching him for an unknown amount of time, and even had a suit to give him, and this was while Tony and Steve were still allies. Tony and Steve were both evaluating Spidey for recruitment, and took catalog of his powers as he stopped crimes in Queens.
Peter B. Parker Never Met A Gwen Stacy Before
From Redditor u/PunkandCannonballer:
I’ve heard a few people complain that Peter should have reacted more to seeing Gwen again considering their history together is a pretty big deal. I believe that they purposefully had Peter acting this way to hint at the fact that he doesn’t know her. He seems pretty honest and a little immature emotionally, so it doesn’t seem likely that he would be able to hide emotions if he had them.
The simple, easy solution is that he’s from a universe where he never knew Gwen. This explains why he doesn’t know her name, or react to seeing her when he and Mile’s are strung up, as well as explaining why he doesn’t catch on to any of the times Gwen is feeling guilty/sad about losing her Peter.
Peter Parker’s ‘Spider Sense’ Is Supernatural
From Redditor u/ghostofyourmom:
TL;DR Spider-Man’s “spider-sense” is rooted in the proportionate reflex and evasion abilities of an actual spider, but because it is magnified to a human scale, it is actually a form of telepathy and precognition. It is supernatural and does not logically follow from the radioactive transfer of abilities from a spider.
So: what the hell is Peter’s “spider-sense”? Where does it come from? An actual spider is much more acutely aware of its immediate surroundings than any human being can be. All of its instincts are served by this ability to perceive: light/darkness, temperature changes, air pressure changes, the molecular chemistry in the air, the smells and sounds of other creatures, etc. This is a creature, bred through millennia of evolution, that is able to hunt prey (or to avoid predators) through evasion, camouflage, and pure, aggressive instinct. There’s nothing supernatural about it. A praying mantis tries to sneak up on a spider and get a swipe in, that spider will in all likelihood, attack back just as quickly, or deftly scamper off to avoid the fight.
Peter Parker Doesn’t Understand Pro-Wrestling
From Redditor u/StealthMadeKillionar:
TL;DR Spider-Man is the ultimate heel.
As almost anyone knows, pro-wrestling is staged. It’s not UFC. The guys aren’t trying to win, rather they are working together to put on a good show for the audience. The wrestlers certainly endure a beating, but they are essentially entertainers. There are expected roles for the wrestlers, such as the face (the fan favorite) or the heel who is meant to be disliked by the audience. We see Bonesaw, who the fans love, beating up on basically nameless opponents who he is clearly meant to beat.
Peter Parker clearly doesn’t know much about wrestling, especially when comparing his costume to the other wrestlers who show up. So when he comes and sees that he has to sign a waiver, probably required by an insurane company to cover accidents, he assumes Bonesaw will actually be trying to hurt him. Peter’s expression is shocked when he watches Bonesaw simply bodyslam a wrestler, who lays there and allows it to happen. Later, he sees Bonesaw’s last opponent, who clearly has more experience than Peter based on his actual wrestling attire, screaming theatrically that he can’t feel his legs. Anyone who has ever watched wrestling would recognize this as part of the show. In the movie’s script, Bonesaw even beats up an “audience member” who calls him fake. These are both clearly stunts, as anyone except apparently Peter Parker would realize.
Michelle Jones Is Nick Fury’s Daughter
From Redditor u/findmywallet:
In MCU Timeline we haven’t seen much of Fury since Age of Ultron. In Civil War he jokes that his “wife” had kicked him out. This can be taken as sarcastic. But actually he’s spent the past few years not only hiding but making sure his family is okay while he has been in hiding. MCU MJ is always creeping up on people. Like her dad, she’s hysterically shameless when it comes to inviting herself into other people’s lives. Many of her outfits are similar to Fury. Black coat. Black shirt.
In Homecoming, MCU MJ’s hair covers one eye. Although it covers her right eye – this should be relevant. MCU MJ is observant. Notice she knows everything about Peter. As if she’s keeping a file. She literally profiles the people around her in her free time (she goes to detention to draw portraits of people)
“What are you hiding, Peter?” feels like a Fury line.
Despite being an anti-authority smart a**, she’s declared the LEADER at the end of Homecoming. The Political Rebel. MJ is anti-government through out the film. This can be seen as a nice character trait. But if you put into play that her dad is on the run from the current, corrupt government.
This isn’t the first time the MCU has humanized SHIELD agents. Agent Coulson’s personal life was expanded on after the first AVENGERS film. FURY’s past was opened up in CAPTAIN MARVEL. Lets not forget about Agents Carter & Carter. Historically the parent-less Spider-Man has a history of having complex relationships with friends parents. Harry’s dad is Green Goblin. Liz’s father is the Vulture. Gwen Stacy’s dad is the police Chief, Felicia Hardy’s dad was in protective custody from Shield etc, etc. This is a take that we haven’t seen before.
Ben Parker Was Introduced In ‘Iron Man’
From Redditor u/CnosOriginality:
During the press conference scene, Tony calls on a reporter he names as “Ben.” Retroactively, Spider-man 3 could explain that Ben Parker was a journalist with the Daily Bugle. Peter working at a newspaper hasn’t been established yet, so if they go that route they could use Ben’s previous employment at the Bugle as Peter’s drive for getting a job there.
The Particle Accelerator Went Off Two Weeks Before The Start Of ‘Into The Spider-Verse’
From Redditor u/kmbmw777:
In the movie, it is heavily implied that Gwen Stacey was brought to Earth-1 by the same particle accelerator that brought Peter B, Peter Porker, Noir Peter, and Peni Parker. However, this can’t be true for two reasons. First, she appears in the universe two weeks before the other ones all appear. She is the only one to do this. Secondly, the particle accelerator was searching for Peter’s DNA throughout the multiverse – not Gwen’s!
What does this mean? It means that the particle accelerator must’ve been activated with Gwen’s DNA 2 weeks before the movie begins. This could lead to interesting implications in the (hopeful) sequel – how did Kingpin get Gwen’s DNA? Is she alive on Earth-1?
The other interesting implication of this is the spider that bites Miles. It is not from Earth-1. I have 3 pieces of evidence for this. First off, it fits with this new particle accelerator timeline, as it could’ve been summoned with an alternate Gwen. Secondly (and most importantly), we literally see it glitching around. Third (and finally), it is heavily implied that there should only be one spider-person per Earth. Having Miles and Peter A. contradicts this.
What does this mean? Well, there is probably an Earth without a Spider-Man to defend it. Yikes. Secondly, it means that Miles has other Earth’s DNA in him – he could start glitching anytime now, because he belongs to two different Earths!