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Moments From The MCU Spider-Man Movies Ripped Straight From The Comics

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The Marvel Cinematic Universe has been doing gangbusters in recent years, breaking box office records and becoming a pop culture mainstay in the process. The introduction of Spider-Man into this universe has been a boon for Marvel Studios, and there have already been plenty of moments inserted directly from Spider-Man comics in the MCU. It should go without saying that if you have literally thousands of comic books as source material - and moments that are essentially storyboarded, by virtue of being comic book panels - you're going to use a few in your films. 

Part of what makes watching the Marvel Cinematic Universe so fun is the fan service that is implemented throughout the various movies in the franchise. Isn't that a prototype of Captain America's shield in Tony Stark's workshop in Iron Man 2? What in the world is Cosmo the Spacedog doing in Guardians of the Galaxy? Who doesn't want to know the story of Beta Ray Bill's head showing up in Thor: Ragnarok?

Well, here are some moments taken from the various pages of Marvel's Spider-Man comics and put right into the MCU. Spoilers for both Spider-Man: Homecoming and Spider-Man: Far From Home follow. You've been warned!

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    Spider-Man Stops Bandits Wearing Avengers Masks In 'Ultimate Spider-Man' #42

    Peter Parker's first big act of Spidey-heroism in Spider-Man: Homecoming sees him take down a group of ATM thieves wearing masks. Seeing as the masks are of Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, and the Hulk, Peter finds the situation pretty funny - and makes numerous quips about the faux Avengers while beating them down.

    This moment is clearly taken from Brian Michael Bendis and Mark Bagley's Ultimate Spider-Man #42. There are some differences here - the wrongdoers from the comic are robbing actual people, not an ATM, and one of the culprits appears to be from a different superhero universe entirely.

    Are you telling us they couldn't get the rights to use a likeness of Batman in a Spider-Man movie? For shame.

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    Peter Becomes Trapped Under Rubble In 'Amazing Spider-Man' #33

    Just before the climax of Spider-Man: Homecoming, Peter gets trapped under the rubble of a fallen building after a quick scrap with Michael Keaton's Vulture. This scene gives Holland a chance to shine as a scared teen coming to terms with the situation he's in - and finding the strength within himself to escape.

    The imagery of Peter under the rubble is a direct reference to one of the most well-known Spider-Man covers of all time, that of Stan Lee and Steve Ditko's Amazing Spider-Man #33. In this issue, Peter is still struggling with the guilt of his uncle's passing, is fighting the Lizard instead of the Vulture, and there is a ticking clock component in the form of flooding water. However, the emotional resonance of Peter believing in himself plays in both the movie and the comic, and the sight of Spider-Man suffering under all that detritus is iconic.

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    Iron Man Is Tasked With Training Spider-Man In ‘Ultimate Comics Spider-Man' #153

    One of the major aspects of the MCU Spider-Man films that helps them stand apart from both the original Sam Raimi trilogy of the 2000s and the Andrew Garfield-led Amazing Spider-Man duology is the heavy inclusion of Robert Downey Jr's Tony Stark.

    Following the events of 2016's Captain America: Civil War, Tony takes Peter under his wing. Their rooftop confrontation in Spider-Man: Homecoming stands as one of the film's highest highs. The pages of Brian Michael Bendis's Ultimate Comics Spider-Man #153 show a similar sort of relationship, albeit with more of a Fight Club twist on things.

    Funnily enough, this version of Tony Stark is convinced by his girlfriend to train Peter. Who is his girlfriend? Why, Carol Danvers (Captain Marvel), of course! What a power couple they would have been in the MCU, eh?

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    Mysterio Frames Spider-Man In 'Amazing Spider-Man' #13

    A major MCU bombshell was dropped at the end of Spider-Man: Far From Home, when Mysterio revealed Spider-Man's true identity to the world and also framed him for the destruction of the film's climax. Both of these things will surely have a major impact on Spider-Man's next appearance, which thankfully will be part of the MCU - as Disney and Sony came to an agreement to keep the web-head in the fold, at least for two more movies.

    Of course, Quentin Beck's Mysterio framed Spider-Man way back in 1964 during his very first appearance in Stan Lee and Steve Ditko's Amazing Spider-Man #13. In the opening pages of this comic, Mysterio dresses up as Spider-Man and robs various establishments. For some reason, this causes Peter to think he has developed multiple personality disorder - as opposed to assuming someone is impersonating him. The Mysterio of the MCU is a bit more technologically advanced, but the sentiment remains the same.