Spider-Man: Homecoming star Tom Holland has confirmed a Marvel Cinematic Universe fan theory - and revealed a little bit of the MCU's secret history in the process. According to the star, Peter Parker's appearance in the MCU secretly predates Captain America: Civil War, going all the way back to Iron Man 2.
The fan theory holds that a young boy who stares down a Stark robot while wearing an Iron Man mask in Iron Man 2 was secretly none other than Peter Parker. While that could have remained a simple bit of fan speculation, Holland outright confirmed the connection.
“I can confirm that as of today," Holland told Entertainment Weekly. "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. It’s cool. I like the idea that Peter Parker has been in the universe since the beginning.”
It's unclear if this is a simple bit of behind the scenes trivia, or if the scene will come into play in Spider-Man: Homecoming. Given that Tony Stark is Peter Parker's mentor in the film, the connection makes perfect sense.
Holland also addressed another fan theory - that Winter Soldier is responsible for the death of Peter Parker's parents in the MCU, or possibly even Uncle Ben. The theory stems from a pair of clues in Captain America: Civil War - namely that Winter Soldier killed Tony Stark's parents, and that one of Winter Soldier's activation words is Homecoming.
However, Holland denied knowledge of any such connection, and Civil War directors the Russo brothers said in a 2016 interview that the use of the word "homecoming" in that sequence was entirely coincidental.
Spider-Man: Homecoming is due out in theaters July 7.