Robert Downey, Jr.’s Tony Stark is a key part of Spider-Man: Homecoming, but Tom Holland’s young Peter Parker could’ve been hanging out with a very different major player from the MCU.
In a chat with io9, director Jon Watts reveals that some of his early pitching concepts and “mood reels” revolved around a mentorship relationship between Nick Fury and Peter Parker. Which would’ve been positively mind-blowing, right? Looking back to the comics and cartoons, there’s certainly a history of a connection between Fury and Spider-Man, so it’s not the craziest idea.
Watts said in the early days, he “[didn’t] know what the situation would be,” and when it came to Fury and Parker, he figured “that would be a person he’d want to get in trouble with.” Of course, in the wake of Captain America: Civil War, it makes more sense for Stark to serve as Parker’s mentor — but now we really want to see the movie Watts was pitching on the first pass.
Early buzz for Spider-Man: Homecoming has been phenomenal, with most reviewers calling it the best Spidey movie since Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man 2 — which is certainly not faint praise.
With a sequel already in the works, who knows? Maybe we’ll finally get that Parker/Fury team-up?
Spider-Man: Homecoming opens July 7.