Tom Holland’s first MCU trilogy may be over, but with Spider-Man 4 in development, many are wondering what stories may be told in Spider-Man’s future.
- Marvel Studios has the potential to explore several iconic Spider-Man storylines from the comics in Tom Holland’s next trilogy in the MCU.
- Possibilities include the Black Suit Saga, Peter mentoring Miles Morales, Peter building Parker Industries, Ned Leeds becoming the Hobgoblin, and everyone getting Spider-Man’s powers in the Spider-Island storyline.
- The MCU could also introduce Ben Reilly from the Clone Saga, have Spider-Man team up with Daredevil, explore the Superior Spider-Man storyline, and have Peter join the X-Men. Additionally, a new romantic relationship with Black Cat could be featured.
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Several Spider-Man storylines from Marvel Comics would be perfect to adapt into live-action for Tom Holland’s next trilogy as Peter Parker, a.k.a. Spider-Man, in the MCU. Tom Holland debuted as the MCU’s Spider-Man in 2016’s Captain America: Civil War and has since embarked on his own solo MCU trilogy that has seen him go up against threats including the Vulture, the Shocker, Mysterio, and a group of multiversal villains in Spider-Man: No Way Home. The deal between Marvel Studios and Sony that brought Spider-Man into the MCU is still going strong, as a new trilogy is in development for Tom Holland’s wall-crawler, starting with the MCU’s upcoming Spider-Man 4.
Marvel Studios has barely scratched the surface of Spider-Man’s stories in Marvel Comics, which means that the MCU has plenty of opportunities to send Peter Parker on some exciting adventures in his future projects. It’s currently understood that Tom Holland will continue to portray Spider-Man, despite the world forgetting who Peter Parker is at the end of Spider-Man: No Way Home. Marvel Studios recently confirmed the title of Tom Holland’s first MCU trilogy, and there is a great deal of speculation about which storylines could unfold in his next trilogy, with these ten pivotal moments in Spider-Man’s Marvel Comics journey being clear possibilities.
10 Spider-Man’s Black Suit Saga
Peter Parker first acquired his black suit during 1984’s Secret Wars crossover event, though he is initially unaware that his new costume is actually the alien symbiote Venom. Bringing it back to New York City, the black suit begins to corrupt Spider-Man before he rejects it completely, and it bonds with Daily Globe reporter Eddie Brock. This storyline could be done justice by being told over multiple projects in the MCU rather than crammed into one akin to Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man 3. Since the black suit debuted in Marvel Comics’ Secret Wars, 2027’s Avengers: Secret Wars may be the perfect place to debut the Venom symbiote suit in the MCU.
9 Peter Parker Mentors Miles Morales
In Marvel Comics, Miles Morales originated in the Ultimate Universe of Earth-1610, but the character has been teased to exist in the main continuity of the MCU, as his Uncle Aaron appeared in Spider-Man: Homecoming. Peter Parker’s friendship with Miles Morales saw the former mentor the young Spider-Man, particularly after the pair joined the same universe after 2015’s Secret Wars. While Sony’s animated Spider-Verse franchise includes a popular version of Morales, the MCU could build up the live-action Morales over a number of upcoming Spider-Man projects. Morales could even eventually take over the mantle of Spider-Man from Peter Parker should Tom Holland leave the MCU.
8 Peter Builds Parker Industries
Tom Holland’s first MCU trilogy as Spider-Man focused on him navigating his powers while trying to get through high school, and though the next logical step may feature Peter Parker going through college or his GED program, it’s possible the MCU could jump a few years forward after Spider-Man: No Way Home. Spider-Man’s next MCU adventures could see him leaning more into his scientific side and potentially laying the foundations for Parker Industries to debut in the MCU. This would showcase a new side of the character that hasn’t been seen in live-action before and could even see Spider-Man become the new resident of the old Stark Tower.
7 Ned Leeds Becomes The Hobgoblin
In Marvel Comics, Ned Leeds was a colleague of Peter Parker’s at the Daily Bugle who became the villainous Hobgoblin, a criminal mastermind who used Halloween-themed weapons inspired by Norman Osborn’s Green Goblin. Ned Leeds was adapted into Parker’s best friend in the MCU’s Spider-Man trilogy, and now that he has no memory of his time working with the superhero Spider-Man, Ned could potentially embark on a darker path. Ned’s potential future as the MCU’s Hobgoblin was teased in Spider-Man: No Way Home, and without the positive influence of his friend in the MCU’s future, it’s possible this transformation could be explored over the course of several future Spider-Man films.
6 Everyone Gets Spider-Man’s Powers
Marvel Comics’ 2011 Spider-Island storyline would be perfect to adapt into multiple Spider-Man projects in the MCU, as it could have potentially world-changing consequences. Spider-Island explores what happens when the inhabitants of Manhattan Island mysteriously gain superpowers similar to Spider-Man’s, with Peter Parker having to uncover the mystery, deal with the chaos, and keep his personal life in check at the same time. This storyline sees Spider-Man crossover with the likes of the Avengers, the Fantastic Four, and Shang-Chi, who was recently introduced to the MCU. Spider-Island would also introduce several new villains to the MCU, including the Jackal, who was revealed as the cause of the strange problem.
5 Ben Reilly’s Introduction In The Clone Saga
While it’s possible that Tom Holland’s Peter Parker could be replaced by Miles Morales as Spider-Man, Marvel Studios could also adapt Marvel Comics’ Clone Saga and introduce Ben Reilly instead. This storyline received its fair share of criticism, but Marvel Studios could do justice to the idea of Ben Reilly appearing as Peter Parker’s clone – though Parker himself was revealed to be the clone. Ben Reilly’s Scarlet Spider in Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse received high praise, so the potential for his debut in live-action is very exciting and could unfold over several projects in the MCU’s future, perhaps ending with Holland departing the role, and Ben Reilly taking over.
4 Daredevil Recruits Spider-Man
Spider-Man and Daredevil’s team-up in Marvel Comics was one of the most highly-acclaimed storylines, and Spider-Man: No Way Home already established a connection between Tom Holland and Charlie Cox’s live-action heroes, so it’s likely this will continue in the MCU’s future. This could occur in a potential adaptation of Marvel Knights, a storyline that featured Daredevil recruiting a team of street-level heroes, initially formed to capture the Punisher but later embarking on other missions together. This crossover storyline could encompass not only Spider-Man 4 and Daredevil: Born Again but also subsequent Spider-Man projects in the MCU, establishing connections with smaller-scale heroes after the events of No Way Home.
3 MCU Villain Becomes The Superior Spider-Man
To ensure his own survival in Marvel Comics, Dr. Otto Octavius once transferred his consciousness from his dying body into Peter Parker’s, but after being inspired by Parker’s dying wish, Octavius operates as the Superior Spider-Man, trying to be a better Spider-Man and person than Peter Parker. Alfred Molina returned as Doc Ock from Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man trilogy in No Way Home, but the MCU’s official Doc Ock will need to be introduced if the Superior Spider-Man storyline will be told. This means that the Superior Spider-Man storyline could unfold over several projects, laying the groundwork for Doc Ock, seeing him kill Parker and then become a new Spider-Man.
2 Peter Parker Joins The X-Men
Spider-Man has become involved with many different superhero groups during his Marvel Comics career, including the Avengers, the Fantastic Four, and even the X-Men. Although Spider-Man isn’t a mutant, he was hired as a teacher at Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters following Wolverine’s death, having to earn the trust of both the faculty and the students. While this storyline was short-lived, it would be great for adaptation into the MCU, particularly with members of the X-Men debuting in the MCU’s upcoming Deadpool 3. While it may take some time to introduce the X-Men properly, Spider-Man could certainly find himself teaching at Xavier’s School in the MCU’s future.
1 Spider-Man Strikes Up A New Relationship With Black Cat
Spider-Man: Homecoming explored Peter Parker’s budding romance with Liz before his attention turned to Zendaya’s Michelle Jones in Far From Home and No Way Home. Peter Parker and MJ have always been destined for each other, but after No Way Home, she no longer has any memory of him, leaving him available to pursue other romantic relationships in the MCU’s future. This creates the opportunity for Marvel Studios to debut Felicia Hardy, a.k.a. Black Cat, initially depicted as a villain but later as an ally and love interest for Spider-Man. Black Cat’s debut could provide a complex and layered romance for Spider-Man that hasn’t yet been seen in live-action.
Key Release Dates
- The Marvels Release Date: 2023-11-10
- Deadpool 3 Release Date: 2024-05-03
- Captain America: Brave New World Release Date: 2024-07-26
- Marvel’s Thunderbolts Release Date: 2024-12-20
- Blade (2025) Release Date: 2025-02-14
- Marvel’s Fantastic Four Release Date: 2025-05-02
- Avengers: The Kang Dynasty Release Date: 2026-05-01
- Avengers: Secret Wars Release Date: 2027-05-01