Comics on Film: Five Marvel Heroes Spider-Man Should Team Up With Post-‘Homecoming’

Comics on Film: Five Marvel Heroes Spider-Man Should Team Up With Post-‘Homecoming’

Jun 23, 2017

We’re now just a couple of weeks away from the highly anticipated premiere of Sony Pictures and Marvel Studios’ aptly named Spider-Man: Homecoming, the first spotlight outing for the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s version of arguably Marvel Comics’ most iconic and popular character: Spider-Man. Actor Tom Holland’s debut as the Webhead in last year’s Captain America: Civil War nearly stole the show, so the hype train has most definitely left the station since we get an all-new Spidey film, in addition to a team-up with the MCU’s patriarch, Robert Downey, Jr.’s Iron Man.

While it’ll likely be a great dynamic to take in for this first MCU Spidey outing, recent news from THR seems to indicate that Iron Man will not be appearing in the sequel to Homecoming, but that film will apparently include another MCU character for Peter Parker to link up with. So, who should that next character be? Here are five candidates.

 

5) Nick Fury

In the Ultimate Comics universe, both Peter Parker and Miles Morales operated for at least part of their respective heroic careers as Spider-Man under the auspices of Nick Fury and S.H.I.E.L.D. The pairing created an interesting dynamic: the gruff, jaded Fury, perhaps a little too willing to cross some lines, is balanced out by the earnest dedication to great responsibility that Peter brings to the table as New York’s friendly neighborhood…well, you know.

While the S.H.I.E.L.D. organization in the MCU is currently under pretty heavy disarray, it doesn’t take a lot of imagination to see Fury placed back into a directorial position of power, and the potential for a Spidey/Fury team-up in the veins of some memorable comic book stories definitely make this an intriguing possibility. It’s hard to get two more fundamentally different heroes than Spider-Man and Nick Fury, and that, in and of itself, seems like it’d make for a fun movie.

 

4) Black Widow

While Black Widow and Spider-Man have interacted in the comics in their respective capacities as heroes in the Marvel Comics Universe, this recommendation actually comes more from the angle of the potential for a huge box office draw, because next to Downey, the biggest star of the MCU is most definitely Scarlett Johansson.

While a lot of MCU fans remain frustrated that Black Widow hasn’t gotten her own movie yet, maybe a more localized team-up with someone who’s both a talented hero and an awkward teenager could make for a refreshing combination, while also showing that Black Widow can do some more blatantly superhero-ish material in addition to her black ops ninja skills we’ve seen a lot of in both the Avengers and Captain America films. Besides, seeing how someone like Romanoff would enter the life of Peter Parker sounds like an intriguing prospect, since the concerns of a New York teenager would probably be pretty alien to Widow, considering the difficult life she’s led.

 

3) Ant-Man

While also not a particularly natural pairing, it also doesn’t take a whole lot of imagination to envision some tonal and comedic overlap between Tom Holland’s Spider-Man and Paul Rudd’s Ant-Man. Both characters were at the center of one of Captain America: Civil War’s most memorable moments, and maybe that brief but big interaction could be enough of a basis to see something of an irreverent rivalry between the two.

Beyond the novelty of seeing Peter Parker and Scott Lang spend time together, it may also be interesting to see what it would be like for Peter Parker to be in the same room with Michael Douglas’ Hank Pym. In the comics, Peter and Hank are scientific colleagues, but given Hank’s MCU position as more of a mentor, it might be interesting to see what a collision between Peter’s world and that of Hank Pym’s would look like in the MCU. Besides, spiders and ants seem like they can go together, right? Well…at least a Spider-Man and an Ant-Man.

 

2) Captain America

The small exchange these two New York boys had in Civil War was almost too perfect, and if any MCU hero should be teaching Spider-Man the ropes, it’s absolutely the Sentinel of Liberty himself. Captain America brings with him a dignity and credibility as a hero that can help this younger vision of Peter Parker to reach his full potential, but of course one of the aspects that makes Spider-Man so compelling is his own moral reasoning and heroic outlook. While Spidey will earnestly want to learn from Captain America, it’s likely that Cap would learn a few things from Peter, too.

Part of what would make this awesome is in even just thinking about action scenes. Coordinated battle with Spidey and Cap throwing each other into waves of enemies, with the amazing acrobatics of Spidey jumping off a well-timed shield throw sounds like it could have a lot of potential, in addition to the rapport that could be established between the two iconic heroes. If Cap is the one to be featured alongside Spidey in whatever Homecoming 2 ends up being called, then definitely sign us up.

 

1) Daredevil

Yes, this is a pipe dream. Still, that doesn’t make it any less of an awesome prospect.

Netflix’s Daredevil series (and his colleagues in the Defenders) has established itself as taking place in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the same world that Spider-Man now occupies. There’s an enormously rich history of Daredevil/Spider-Man team-up stories in the comics, and both heroes share one of Marvel Comics’ absolutely best antagonists in Wilson Fisk, aka the Kingpin.

Beyond the appetite to see Marvel’s TV and film characters interact, both characters together can help provide contrasting views to the same city, since Daredevil’s domain in Hell’s Kitchen forces him to deal with the grittier aspects of crime that this Spider-Man may not have necessarily exposed himself to yet. Daredevil would be a fascinating character to see Tom Holland’s Spidey team-up with, and seriously: who wouldn’t want to see the MCU Spidey crack jokes at Vincent D’Onofrio’s Kingpin? How would that stoic, yet immensely powerful crime boss take out his frustrations if he just can’t get his hands on Spider-Man? This, my friends, would be incredible to see.

 

Who would you like to see Spider-Man team up with in the follow-up to Homecoming? Sound off in the comments below, and check back here next week for a brand new edition of Comics on Film!

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