Spider-Man’s Greatest Team-Ups…
*This article contains spoilers for Spider-Man: No Way Home.*
In what has now become the biggest box-office smash since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, Spider-Man: No Way Home has shown audiences yet again the power of Spider-Man and team-ups. Although we got a taste of that in 2018’s Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, No Way Home proved to audiences that you don’t have to pick a favourite live-action Peter Parker when all three versions of him—Tobey Maguire, Andrew Garfield, and Tom Holland—can work together.
Although we doubt Sony and Disney will bring the trio together for a future movie any time soon, it got us thinking about what other great team-ups we’d love to see in the MCU featuring our favourite web-slinging hero.
9. Spider-Man and Ant-Man
Although we’ve seen Ant-Man (Paul Rudd) and Spider-Man (Tom Holland) work together in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), it was always as part of the Avengers and so we’ve never really seen them team up as a duo. Between Ant-Man’s witty dialogue and Spider-Man’s, well, equally witty dialogue, we can only imagine that any adventure this pair endures together will be full of fun, good humour, and heartfelt adventure. In the comics, Peter Parker has gone on several adventures with Scott Lang’s Ant-Man as well as Janey Van Dyne’s Wasp and Hank Pym’s Yellowjacket, and seeing as the MCU has brought all the Ant-Man characters together we can only hope this team-up is in future movie plans.
8. Spider-Man and the X-Men
A prolific team-up in Marvel comics is none other than Spider-Man and the X-Men! Peter Parker has been on several adventures with different characters from our favourite mutant super-team including Cyclops, Phoenix, Beast, Iceman, and even Professor X. Additionally, Spider-Man has been on multiple adventures with Wolverine, although the two of them have a tenuous relationship in which they respect, but don’t necessarily like, each other. Now that Disney owns Fox, and thereby the rights to the X-Men franchise, we can only hope to see more mutants, and more mutant-spider team-ups, in the MCU in the near future.
7. Spider-Man and Ms. Marvel
Although Marvel’s Avengers (2020) developed by Crystal Dynamics and published by Square Enix was an absolute train wreck of a game, the story—although it was painfully short and a massive cash grab—wasn’t too bad and introduced new audiences to Kamala Khan (Sandra Saad). The first Muslim character to headline her own comic series, Kamala is a clever girl with good intentions and, as we’ve seen in both the comics and throughout Marvel Rising series, a close-knit relationship with the one and (not) only Spider-Man. While the MCU is giving audiences a Ms. Marvel (2022) TV show soon, we can only hope that this will open the door for them to explore her friendship with Peter Parker in either the budding series or in one of the next phases of Marvel movies.
6. Spider-Man and Venom
The relationship between Peter Parker and this symbiote is, well, strained to say the least. We’ve seen several iterations of it, some good and some bad (we’re looking at you 2007’s Spider-Man 3), but all of them have been memorable in some way. The Spider-Man comics have done a great job with the story behind this Lethal Protector and now that Venom has been introduced to the MCU thanks to the end-credit scene in Spider-Man: No Way Home (2021), we can only hope to see Tom Holland’s Peter have to navigate the absolute chaos and hilarity that is Tom Hardy’s Eddie Brock/Venom. And while we’re not sure that Sony or Marvel are going to make this crossover happen, we do know that the symbiote has found itself in another universe and we can only hope this will lead us to a Spider-Man/Venom team-up.
5. Spider-Man and the Fantastic Four
Fans were beside themselves when they allegedly saw an Easter egg in Spider-Man: Far from Home (2019) hinting at the eventual inclusion of the Fantastic Four in the MCU (it was a sign that read “1—2—3—? We are so excited to show you what comes next!”). Much like Disney’s acquisition of the rights to the X-Men through their purchase of Fox, they also bought the rights to the Fantastic Four. In the comics, Spider-Man teams up with the dynamic quartet more than once and has a close friendship with Johnny Storm (aka the Human Torch). While we doubt we’ll be seeing Chris Evans reprise his role as the iconic hot-head, we can only hope that whoever takes his place is just as fun as he was in the role.
4. Spider-Man and Daredevil
Spider-Man and Daredevil have a longstanding relationship in the history of Marvel comics. (In Marvel Team-Up: Spider-Man and Daredevil issue 141, we even get one of the first appearances of Spider-Man’s symbiote suit.) Their powers and sense of morality complement each other, as does their love of New York. Now that we have Matt Murdock (Charlie Cox) back on the big screen and part of the MCU—thanks to his stint as Peter Parker’s lawyer in Spider-Man: No Way Home—there’s no telling what his relationship to Spider-Man will eventually become. Although our fingers are crossed that it’s full of great fight scenes, meaningful conversations about morality and heroism, and the two of them banding together to defeat Kingpin (Vincent D’Onofrio).
3. Spider-Man and Miles Morales
With the success of 2018’s Marvel’s Spider-Man video game, developed by Insomniac Games and distributed by Sony Interactive Entertainment, as well as its sequel Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales in 2020, is it any wonder that fans of this franchise are eager to see these two web slingers share the same screen? The two characters have a great dynamic in the comics and seeing them together in 2018’s Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse has only made audiences want them to join forces in the MCU. To make matters more exciting, there have been several hints over the last few years that Miles’ character is soon to join the silver screen with Peter Parker. This includes Electro (Jamie Foxx) telling Peter in Spider-Man: No Way Home that he thought Spider-Man was Black, the introduction of Aaron Davis (Donald Glover) in Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) and his reference to his nephew who lives “in the area,” not to mention Tom Holland saying that he was hopeful to one day share the screen with Miles Morales.
2. Spider-Man and Deadpool
The history of Deadpool and Spider-Man is, like all things comic-book-related, complicated. There have been different versions of these characters coming together, including one series in which Deadpool kills, well, everyone including Peter Parker. But for this one, we’ll focus on their relationship in Spider-Man/Deadpool, which ran for fifty issues and showed a less than perfect friendship between the two of them in which Wade Wilson looks up to Spider-Man (despite being hired to murder him) and Peter can’t stand anything to do with Deadpool (although he grows to respect and kind of even like the guy). With reports that Ryan Reynolds’ Deadpool is going to be joining the MCU, we’d pay pretty much anything to see him and Spider-Man establish a silver-screen (begrudging) friendship.
1. Spider-Man and J. Jonah Jameson
Although Spider-Man: No Way Home would have you believe that J. Jonah Jameson (J.K. Simmons) is a horrible spider-hating journalist no matter what universe he’s in, the Marvel comics would have you believe otherwise. Although the two of them are at odds more times than they’re allies, and they never truly achieve friendship, this unlikely duo has an extensive history together. For example, J. Jonah Jameson’s father ends up marrying Aunt May in Amazing Spider-Man issue 600 and during Otto Octavious’ time as Spider-Man (it’s a whole body-swap kinda thing) he even has a reluctant relationship with the vigilante. However, their relationship really comes to a head in Peter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-Man issue 6, in which Peter willingly shows Jameson his face after understanding why the bereaved and angry journalist is the way he is. While we can’t imagine Tom Holland’s Peter Parker ever showing his true face to Jameson, especially after the events in No Way Home, we’d like to think there’s more in store for these two in the future of the MCU.