Submit Video

Spider-Man Should Be MCU's New Leading Hero, Says 'Avengers: Endgame' Director

| Last updated 

Spider-Man Should Be MCU's New Leading Hero, Says 'Avengers: Endgame' Director

The events of Avengers: Endgame changed the Marvel Cinematic Universe in ways we still don't fully understand. 2019's superhero epic went as big as it was possible to go, bringing together every corner of the MCU for one final battle while setting up a brave new world.


The Avengers are seemingly finished. Captain America has vanished. Iron Man and Black Widow are dead. Thor is Odin knows where having adventures out in space. A lot of the recent Marvel movies and Disney Plus shows have done a pretty good job of exploring the state of the MCU post-Thanos, but we're still not sure which hero will step in as the face of the franchise following the departure of Robert Downey Jr.'s Tony Stark.


While obviously not the leader of The Avengers, RDJ was undeniably the group's frontman and one of the more popular Marvel heroes. But he leaves a gaping hole following his heroic sacrifice in Endgame, and director Joe Russo believes there's only one person who can take his place: Spider-Man.


In a recent interview with GQ, the Endgame director said that Tom Holland's Peter Parker has definitely become the new face of the MCU. Holland is as much RDJ's heir in real-life as Parker is Stark's successor in the movies, he argues.

“Tom is stepping into the role that Robert Downey once occupied for Marvel, which is the favorite character, and in a lot of ways the soul of the Marvel universe," Russo said.

Holland joined the MCU as Spidey back in 2016, making his debut in Captain America: Civil War as part of an historic agreement between Marvel Studios and Sony to share the character. Fans have been delighted to see the webhead interact with the likes of Doctor Strange, Iron Man, and Captain America over the last few years, but his future in the MCU is anything but guaranteed.


Spider-Man: No Way Home is currently the last planned solo movie for Tom Holland in the MCU. Beyond one more rumoured guest appearance in an upcoming Marvel movie (I'd guess Fantastic Four), we have no idea if the tentative agreement between the two companies will continue, or if Sony will simply take Spider-Man back and fold him into its own universe of characters such as Venom and Morbius. There's also the fact that Holland himself has said he's not sure how much longer he wants to play the character.

Given all the uncertainty around the character's future in the MCU, it's highly unlikely Marvel would ever want to make Spider-Man as crucial to its plans as Iron Man was.

Then again, the idea of Spidey showing up in an MCU movie at all was impossible back in 2015 - so let's just wait and see.

Featured Image Credit: Marvel Studios

Topics: Spider Man, Marvel, Disney

Ewan Moore
More like this

Chosen for YouChosen for You

Grand Theft Auto

San Andreas’ Best Feature Is Just As Good In The GTA Trilogy

12 hours ago

Most Read StoriesMost Read