Three solo films and three team-up adventures into his stay in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the character of Spider-Man has taken a very different course to his current status quo than he did in the comic books, and yet he’s ended up in more or less the same place. While Spidey’s MCU outings have all been entirely original stories, the influence of the source material is still thematically clear throughout - and some Spider-Man comics have had an even more direct impact on the franchise.
The connections between Spidey’s MCU story beats and some of his most beloved - and controversial - Marvel Comics storylines of the past might not always be obvious, but they’re not hiding too far beneath the surface, either. In many ways, the way the MCU Peter Parker has interacted with his source material is emblematic of the relationship between Marvel Studios and Marvel Comics as a whole: a brand-new interpretation that maintains the emotional core of the character, much more so than a plot-based adaptation.
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