Let’s start with a clear, direct, and unambiguous proclamation that this article obviously contains major spoilers, so if you haven’t seen Captain America: Civil War and don’t want it ruined for you, do not read on any further!
If you do want to read on, scroll past this picture of Spider-Man!
Tom Holland absolutely KILLS IT as Peter Parker, aka Spider-Man, in Captain America: Civil War. Rumors that he gets plenty of screen-time aren’t exaggerated – we really did get to see a lot of him – and he was awesome. It’s not even an exaggeration to say already that he’s definitely the best Spidey yet.
From the moment he first appears on screen as Peter Parker, to his epic fight scenes in costume, he has audiences transfixed and we simply can’t wait to see more of him – and, with that in mind, we’re going to look at the best bits from his Marvel Cinematic Universe debut.
Here are Spider-Man’s ten best moments in Captain America: Civil War, in the order in which they happened (note that images aren’t available for all of these scenes yet, and the ones that are available aren’t necessarily the best quality)…
Meeting Tony Stark
Tom Holland first appears on screen arriving home, as Peter Parker, to find his Aunt May – played by Marisa Tomei – talking to Robert Downey, Jr.’s Tony Stark in their Queens living room.
Gobsmacked, Parker nervously says hello to Stark, as Stark gives a false reason for being there – he “reminds” Parker of a grant he supposedly applied for and tells him he’s been successful in his application – but we all know the real reason for him being there, which is to recruit him for his Avengers team.
It’s a fun scene, as Stark is blatantly flirting with Parker’s Aunt May (whom Parker actually just calls “May”, incidentally), and it immediately emphasises that this version of Spidey is just an awkward child. Stark then asks if he can have a private chat with Parker, which happens in Parker’s bedroom.
And now, we move on to that very scene.
Privately Chatting with Tony Stark
The aforementioned private chat between Peter Parker and Tony Stark takes place in Parker’s bedroom, where Parker tries to make out that he’s just a normal kid who goes to school and blends in silently.
Stark shows him brief footage of Spider-Man in action – in awesome homemade attire, incidentally (although Stark refers to it as a “onesie”) – and Parker denies it’s him. At that point, Stark – who has obviously been doing his homework on Parker – pulls a cord that releases Spider-Man’s costume from a storage location in Parker’s bedroom ceiling.
Parker then has to admit that he’s Spider-Man and makes Stark promise not to tell Aunt May, as she would worry too much about the whole thing. He says nobody can know about his secret and, when Stark asks him to come to Germany with him to capture Captain America and his fugitive allies, he says he can’t because he has homework (which Stark scoffs at, obviously). The banter between the pair is great and, when Stark threatens to tell Aunt May his secret, he webs his hand to the door – the first time we see the webbing in action.
And now we move on to the first time we really see Spider-Man properly.
Spider-Man’s arrival on screen comes in a scene that has been shown briefly in the trailers and television spots for Captain America: Civil War. At a German airport, Captain America is refusing to come quietly with Iron Man, so the latter calls for “UNDEROOS” to come in and do his stuff.
Spider-Man swings in, relieves Captain America of his shield using his webbing, then lands on top of a nearby vehicle. He starts babbling about his imperfect landing, says hello to everyone present, and tells Captain America that he’s a big fan of his.
At that point, Tony Stark has to tell him that it’s not a good time to start a conversation, which immediately conveys how much of a talker this version of Spider-Man is going to be – it’s very funny.
And now we move on to Spider-Man’s first real action scene.
Taking Down Falcon and Bucky
Spider-Man’s first action sees him sent after a retreating Falcon and Bucky Barnes, who are inside the German airport. After receiving instructions from Tony Stark to “keep his distance” and “web ’em up”, Spider-Man smashes through the airport window and attacks.
It’s the scene from the Captain America: Civil War television spot in which Spider-Man says, “You Have a Metal Arm?! That is AWESOME, Dude!” He then proceeds to talk throughout the whole thing; telling Falcon and Barnes that they “have the right to remain silent”, asking Falcon, “Are those carbon fiber wings?”, and so on. His talking prompts Falcon to say, “I don’t know how many fights you’ve been in, but there’s not usually this much talking.” Ultimately, Spidey takes both of Captain America’s allies down by webbing them up after a difficult scuffle.
And now we move on to the big team showdown.
“They’re Not Stopping!”
You probably all saw the fairly iconic scene in the trailers for Captain America: Civil War in which the two opposing factions ran towards each other, ready to fight, at the German airport.
What you might not have seen is Spider-Man running on Iron Man’s side as part of the group – that’s because he was edited out to keep his participation in this battle a surprise.
But he was there. Make no mistake about that, and you could actually have seen him in the international television spot pictured above. He was as talkative as ever. As the two groups ran towards each other, Spidey seemed surprised and concerned that the fight was actually going to happen, proclaiming, “They’re not stopping!” in reference to Captain America’s team.
And now we move on to a very blunt moment from the Webslinger.
A big spoiler for Captain America: Civil War – and one of the main reasons we warned you about spoilers at the start of this article – is the appearance of Giant-Man in the movie. Paul Rudd’s Scott Lang not only shrinks down to the size of an insect in this movie, he also grows to giant proportions to take on Iron Man’s team.
When it is suggested that Captain America’s team need “something big” to even the odds against their powerful opponents, Lang suggests that he has something up his sleeve that might help – something he only ever tried once in a laboratory before, and something that had previously made him pass out.
He suddenly becomes huge, which results in shocked reactions from the other characters in the fight at the airport, including Spider-Man, who says, “Holy sh*t!” I should point out that this moment was particularly funny and great when I was watching Captain America: Civil War in the movie theatre, as I had just said the exact same thing before Spidey!.
And now we move on to Spidey’s dealings with the enormous character.
Taking Down Giant Man
Even with opponents like Iron Man, Vision, War Machine, Spider-Man, and Black Panther, it was difficult to imagine how someone as huge as Giant-Man would be taken down during the airport fight – especially considering the fact that neither team was trying to kill the other – but Spider-Man came up with an idea in a very funny scene.
The following conversation took place:
Spider-Man: Hey, guys, you ever see that really old movie, Empire Strikes Back?
War Machine: Jesus Tony, how old is this guy?
Iron Man: I don’t know, I didn’t carbon date him. He’s on the young side.
Spidey then proceeds to take out Giant-Man by wrapping his webbing around his legs and getting War Machine and Iron Man to attack him from the top. The huge superhero then falls over, the way the AT-AT did on Hoth in the aforementioned Empire Strikes Back, with the tow-cable wrapped around his legs.
And now we move on to a fight with the titular superhero of the movie.
Fighting Captain America
The fact is, Spider-Man is faster and stronger than Captain America, but the other fact that Captain America is far more experienced and possesses an indestructible shield made this fight pretty even.
Scott Lang retrieved Captain America’s shield and returned it to him after Spidey relieved him of it as the encounter between the two factions began. Captain America, having fought with several other characters beforehand, then came into direct conflict with the Webslinger.
The pair got the better of each other on numerous occasions, but the fight ended with Captain America on top, as Cap left Spidey precariously holding up an extremely heavy piece of airport equipment. The two then had a little verbal exchange that went like this:
Captain America: You got heart kid. Where are you from?
Captain America: Brooklyn.
And now for the aftermath of the battle in question.
This was Spider-Man’s first real fight. He had gained his powers six months earlier and used them on the streets of New York against common thugs, but it was the first time he had been truly tested – and it took its toll on the youngster.
In the aftermath of the battle, when Captain America had escaped with Bucky Barnes, Spidey was laying on his back on the concrete, quite obviously battered and exhausted (don’t worry, he didn’t end up looking anything like he looks in the above photograph from the Civil War comic book arc), and he tried to get up.
Tony Stark told him that he’d done enough and should stay still, which he did – which was obviously for the best, given the pain he was in. However, he kept his sense of humour as only Spider-Man could in that situation.
And finally, we move on to one of Captain America: Civil War’s stinger scenes.
The Post-Credits Scene
Captain America: Civil War had both a mid-credits scene and a post-credits scene. The mid-credits scene saw Steve Rogers and Bucky Barnes with T’Challa in Wakanda – which we got our first glimpse of, incidentally – but the post-credits scene gave us more Peter Parker.
Parker was back in his bedroom, fiddling with a new gadget, when his Aunt May walked in. Having hidden the gadget so she didn’t see it, they discussed his black eye and he referred to receiving in a fight with someone called “Steve” from Brooklyn who had a “huge” friend.
After Aunt May left the room, having been satisfied that Peter gave as good as he got in the fight, the gadget was revealed to be a Stark-tech Spider-symbol with a high-tech computer interface. Text then appears on the screen saying “Spider-Man will return” and the movie comes to a close.
That’s all, folks! We hope you enjoyed this article!
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