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

Tyler Mitchell
Updated December 2, 2019 1.2k votes 286 voters 20.9k views 12 items

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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!

Spider-Man Stops Bandits Wearing Avengers Masks In 'Ultimate Spider-Man' #42
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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
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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
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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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MJ Reveals That She Knows Peter Is Spider-Man In 'Amazing Spider-Man' #258
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An important moment in Spider-Man: Far From Home involves MJ telling Peter she knows he is Spider-Man. Throughout the film, Peter had thought MJ was watching him because she was romantically interested in him, but it turns out she was just trying to figure out if he was a superhero or not. Alas, this is not the first time MJ figured out Peter's big secret. 

In a scene that played out a little less comically - and way more melodramatically - MJ revealed she knew Peter's secret for a long time in Tom DeFalco and Ron Frenz's Amazing Spider-Man #258. Peter tries his best to calm MJ down and talk with her, but when Black Cat barges into the room, there is no dissuading MJ of the notion that Peter is Spider-Man.

There are also some bizarre self-insults from the two women of Peter's life in this issue, with MJ calling herself an "airhead" and Black Cat referring to herself as a "bimbo." Yeah, that didn't age all that well, huh?

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