Let’s be real, the part of Spider-Man: Homecoming that we’re most looking forward to is Tony Stark playing superhero dad to Peter Parker. But according to a recently revealed (or recently retconned) bit of MCU lore, if not for Tony, Peter might not have lived to become Spider-Man.
Tom Holland recently confirmed a fun fan theory that the kid in the Iron Man mask that Tony Stark saves from a Hammer drone in Iron Man 2 was actually Peter Parker. It was one of those bits of headcanon that lined up accurately enough to be believable: A 10-year-old (or slightly younger) Peter would have likely attended the Stark Expo, considering his avid interest in tech and his admiration of Tony, especially since the Expo was held in his hometown of Queens.
Watch the scene in question:
“I can confirm that that is Peter Parker,” Holland told the Huffington Post several times over. “I can confirm that as of today. I literally had a conversation with Kevin Feige only 20 minutes ago. Maybe I’ve just done a big, old spoiler, but it’s out there now. It’s cool. I like the idea that Peter Parker has been in the universe since the beginning.”
Holland’s “conversation” with Feige likely means that they decided on the retcon shortly before said interview. Regardless, it’s a fun retcon that lines up especially well with our own thoughts about Peter being born in 2000 and growing up in a world with superpowered people always being around. It also provides an even better context for all the delightfully awkward hugs in Spider-Man: Homecoming.