How Kevin Feige made good on a Spider-Man promise 10 years in the making

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Dec 27, 2017, 4:16 PM EST

Spoilers ahead for Spider-Man: Homecoming!

The closing moments of Spider-Man: Homecoming let fans in on one of the biggest twists ever to come out of the webslinger’s long and storied history on the big screen — by letting Aunt May in on Peter Parker’s most closely guarded secret.

Now Marvel president Kevin Feige has revealed that the big-screen moment was a long, long time in the making — far longer, in fact, than the development of the film itself. It goes all the way back to 2007, when Feige declared the comic book version of Parker’s reveal “my favorite Spidey moment period” and pledged to one day give it a proper treatment on film.

“It has become my mission to put that moment on the big screen. Someday we will. I promise,” Feige wrote in the notes for the trade paperback accompanying the four-part “One More Day” crossover series, written by J. Michael Straczynski and Joe Quesada, in 2007.

A Reddit user recently dug up and posted the quote, which was quickly picked up, in turn, by Comicbook.com — who connected the rest of the dots.

There’s already a sequel in the works for Spider-Man: Homecoming, which is set to return Tom Holland to the title role, along with Homecoming director Jon Watts. The way the first film ended definitely left things hanging with a literal “WTF” moment, as Aunt May catches Parker red-handed in the act of unmasking.

But if Feige’s longstanding promise to let Aunt May in on Spidey’s secret has truly been fulfilled, it’ll be interesting to see how the still-unnamed sequel moves forward to expand on such a significant addition to Spider-Man lore.