Which heroes would you trade for Spiderman? These past few months have only increased the hero’s worth on the market. Peter Parker was pulled out of the Marvel universe right when he was primed to replace Tony Stark, and then miraculously reinstated when Sony and Marvel finally
came to their senses agreed to a deal.
— ally stark ⎊ 🤎 (@MrsStark20) October 21, 2019
Judging from the mass panic and fan reactions that followed, it looks like Spiderman’s stock has only gone up. So let’s skip the pleasantries, and get to brass tacks with our criteria for potential trades for the friendly neighborhood webhead.
— 💀Emmanuel Esparza💀 (still as a skeleton) (@EightBitArt) November 1, 2019
1. Superstar Factor:
Spiderman jumped into the Marvel universe simultaneously as a rookie and a vet. There had been 5 Spiderman movies already on the books with 2 different actors playing the title role. We had every reason to be sick of Peter Parker.
But, when the web slinger showed up on screen in “Captain America: Civil War,” we were all in. So much so that “Spiderman: Homecoming” and “Spiderman: Far From Home” became two of Marvel’s highest grossing movies.
It’s safe to say that Spiderman is an All Star superhero, who is definitely worth a max contract deal.
spiderman is looking big for his next movie pic.twitter.com/PezPPCTCK7
— stellar muscles ❄️❄️❄️ (@StellarMuscles) November 9, 2019
2. Team Chemistry:
We’ve seen Spiderman on the Avengers, and the kid can definitely pull his weight. But with Ironman gone, how will he fare with the team? This is unmarked territory though as Spiderman has worked with the X-Men and the Fantastic Four in the comics ( we’ll cover how they reunite on screen later), it’ll be interesting to see the dynamics in Marvel’s Phase IV.
While he’s certainly been the kid on the Avengers, it’s clear he’s expected to grow into a leadership role sooner rather than later. With Ironman and Cap gone and new heroes on the horizon, the next solo film in the franchise may very well be titled “Spiderman: Class President.”
It’s a gamble. Presumably, there may be bumps on the road from people who don’t want to take orders from a kid but the upside is high!
— Jass Clarke ✨ (@_jassrc) July 16, 2017
3. Potential for Conflict:
Coming off an incredible 10 year run and masterfully executed Phase III, it feels like Marvel is starting over. Spiderman still has a few notable heroes like Black Panther, Dr. Strange, and Captain Marvel and new ones are on the horizon like Shang-Chi and the Eternals.
Who knows how much longer Thor and the Hulk will continue to be part of the Avengers, or how the Marvel TV series heroes on Disney+ will expand onto the silver screen?
It’s mostly unknown, but with Disney having Marvel and Fox as one big happy family, the X-Men can join the rest of their compatriots in an epic crossover; the same goes for the Fantastic Four. It’s the same as when Spiderman first joined the MCU, old and new at the same time. The potential for conflict is immense and the possibilities are endless.
Nick Fury just said mysterio was from the Multiverse in the spiderman trailer 😱 This is how they are introducing X men and F4 EZ pic.twitter.com/LQPuvwNzNN
— Angel (@vKZilla) May 6, 2019
So, who and why would I trade for Spiderman?
The truth is I don’t see Spiderman in DC at all and learning from the Marvel/Sony debacle, I would do everything in my power to keep him in the MCU.
So, the question is who would I give up to keep Spiderman in the MCU? The current heroes have established some rapport with Spiderman and the ones that have yet to debut are a big question mark. It really comes down to which heroes will least be affected, and will least affect the current landscape of Spiderman’s (potentially) Avengers?
The Guardians of the Galaxy. Starlord, Gamora, Drax, Groot, and Rocket are one insoluble unit and as long as they have each other they won’t stir the pot in a different universe since they spend all of their time in space. Give up the Guardians to keep Spidey.
Who would you trade for Spiderman? Let us know below!
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Written in VA. An MFA graduate in Creative Writing at the University of British Columbia.