Peter Parker will make the jump to Disney+ in 2024. The animated series Spider-Man: Year One is meant to follow the character’s early years and cover the origin story of how he became the Web-Slinger everyone knows and loves.
The series is being developed by Marvel Studios and has been announced to take place “in the MCU:”
“The animated series follows Peter Parker on his journey to becoming Spider-Man in the MCU, starting with his freshman year of high school of course. Peter’s journey on the show will be unlike anything we’ve ever seen.”
Naturally, the fan base was excited about this news as precious little from the pre-pre-Captain America: Civil war The backstory was revealed in one of his six MCU appearances. It is known that he was bitten by the spider and received powers from it. The death of Uncle Ben was also mentioned. But Marvel has been largely suspicious of the exact details surrounding everything else.
But now, new information has come to light at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con. Information that indicates that First year is set in a world of its own.
Spider-Man Disney+ Continuity Confusion
Several new details about the upcoming Disney+ animated series, Spider-Man: Year One were revealed during the Marvel Studios Animation panel at SDCC. This includes the fact that Peter will be mentored by Norman Osborn and buddy up with Norman’s son, Harry, on the show. Additionally, classic Spider-Man nemesis Doc Ock will be featured as an antagonist in the series, even though Parker hasn’t met Octavius before. Spider-Man: No Coming Home.
Moreover, it is that Doctor Strange would be a supporting player in First yeardespite the fact that Strange didn’t even have his powers during the time period the series takes place.
Of course, some fans have taken to Twitter to express their confusion and frustration over this continuity conundrum. Check out some reactions from Twitter below:
“It does not mean anything” – noeyjade
Doesn’t make any sense, I thought that was supposed to be his canon origin story that was getting bitten by the spider? Why is doc ock included
“Not cannon? » – lucky_boo:
Apparently it’s not canon? if i had to guess it’s something like this “what if” where it explores a different spider-man than the MCU
“‘F— cannon'” – JamieCinematics:
Can we PLEASE stop saying “canon” when talking about the MCU? Just say “616” or “main universe”. I swear, I’m one complete meltdown away from getting “fuck cannon” knuckle tattoos.
“A little disappointed first year probably isn’t canon” – SpiderManNoWay4:
I was really looking forward to seeing the early days of MCU Spidey so I’m a little bummed that Freshman Year probably isn’t canon but it looks so good and has so many things I can’t help to be excited for it.
“Really no way it’s canon” – MarvelGuides:
They showed an image that implies Osborn becoming Peter’s mentor instead of Stark. There’s really no way this could be canon considering he has multiple costumes on the show and knows Osborn and Octavius before the events of the MCU movies.
“Alternate Timeline in the Multiverse Canon” – BillusTheRillus:
Freshman Year is NOT MCU canon, not even a bit. It’s an alternate timeline in the multiverse canon.
“Hoping for a good Spidey show.” – RICHARDLNEWBY:
It’s pretty clear that he won’t be canon for the MCU or will be set in the MCU multiverse. Anyway, hoping for a good Spidey show.
So, is Spider-Man: Year One Canon?
Just because of the characters involved, Spider-Man: Year One is unequivocal is not set on the MCU’s Earth-616, aka the universe where all of Peter’s live-action MCU adventures took place.
Now, it’s quite possible that the “Marvel Cinematic Universe” label will take on a much wider reach. MCU could become more of an umbrella term, encompassing not just Earth-616 live-action movies and series, but all animated spinoffs like X-Men ’97 and First yearjust by nature, they exist in the MCU Multiverse.
This show could also be something of a What if? storyline that shows what would have happened if Norman Osborn had existed on Earth-616 and stepped in to frame Peter instead of Tony Stark. No coming home strongly implies that neither Norman nor Harry Osborn exist in the main MCU. Giving credence to this idea is an image shown at Comic-Con depicting Norman in Peter and May’s living room, directly referencing the scene in Captain America: Civil War where Tony is in the exact same place.
Marvel Studios’ Spider-Man freshman yearwherever it takes place looks like a fun and dynamic take on the Spider-Man mythos and will be coming to Disney+ from 2024.