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It’s set to be a massive year for Marvel fans around the world with Captain America: Civil War and Doctor Strange scheduled to hit our screens in May and November respectively. While we’re all truly excited to see Benedict Cumberbatch’s Sorcerer Supreme in Doctor Strange, the real treat is that Spider-Man is finally coming to the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Tom Holland’s Peter Parker will swing his way into the MCU in a brief but crucial role in Civil War, hopefully breathing new life into a character that has been cinematically ridiculed in recent years (looking at you, Andrew Garfield).

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But wait, what if this isn’t actually the first time we’ve seen Spider-Man in the MCU? As crazy as that sounds, a new fan theory posits that Marvel included a very young Peter Parker into Robert Downey Jr’s Iron Man trilogy, meaning that he was right under our nose the whole time!

The guys over at MoviePilot have constructed an entirely plausible theory that places Spider-Man as the young boy we see at the Stark Expo towards the end of Iron Man 2. In the scene, the boy is wearing an Iron Man helmet that confronts one of Vanko’s drones, before Stark comes to the rescue (of course).

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Now, the main theory-breaking element here is that Marvel obviously didn’t own the rights to Spider-Man back in 2010, but because they didn’t specifically reference the character or explicitly reveal anything, there was no breach of copyright on 20th Century Fox and therefore it was actually quite a clever way to go all stealth in introducing Spidey to the MCU.

Another part of this theory that makes even more sense is that Iron Man 2 took place approximately six years before Captain America: Civil War, the point in which we supposedly first see Peter Parker. Spidey is estimated to be around 14 or 15 years of age in Civil War, meaning the boy at the end of Iron Man would be 9 or 10 – and he does look around that age.

As for the location, the Stark Expo in Iron Man 2 takes places in Queens, New York, which is coincidentally where Parker grew up. Considering that Spider-Man has always been a huge Tony Stark fan, it makes complete sense that he would be at such an event.

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So, there you go. It’s a theory, yes, so make sure you treat it like that. We’re not saying this is completely true by any stretch. In fact, it’s almost certain that this isn’t the case, but it does make a lot of sense, so it was definitely worth exploring. In Civil War, we are expecting to see a meeting between Tony Stark and Peter Parker, which will perhaps dip into the backstory of these two characters briefly. Whether or not the aforementioned scene is featured in their dialogue remains to be seen.

Whatever happens, it’s going to be hugely exciting to see Spider-Man enter the Marvel Cinematic Universe in Civil War, before undergoing in yet another solo film, currently untitled and set for release in 2017.