In the massive superhero ensemble of the Captain America: Civil War, one of the most anticipated members was the introduction of Peter Parker/Spider-Man (Tom Holland) into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. There was some mystery about what role he would play in the big scheme of things, especially since most of the other iconic characters had already been established within the MCU. And, now, after the huge opening of the film back on May 6th, other questions have arisen about why Tony Stark/Iron Man (Robert Downey, Jr.) didn’t recruit Matt Murdock/Daredevil (Charlie Cox) instead.
The Daredevil character has had a major reboot recently in his own acclaimed Netflix series, but since it is not directly affiliated with the MCU, it seems like that addition would be even harder to justify within the storyline of Civil War. The writers of the film Stephen McFeely and Christopher Markus recently discussed the confusing situation in an interview with IGN. And to immediately shut down why Daredevil was not recruited by Stark, Markus joked that “Tony doesn’t have a television, so he doesn’t know about [Daredevil],” before quipping about how Daredevil is “so violent!” They also shared how Stark sees Spider-Man as a figure that could help ease the guilt that he feels over the many innocent people that were killed during battles that the Avengers participated in.
I think he has been keeping tabs on the world and he knows about this one kid. In some ways there’s a motivation, having been accused of killing a young kid earlier in the movie to, ‘Maybe I can rebuild karmically something that I’ve lost by helping this kid along.’ And he’s there, and he’s available, and Tony’s desperate!
Markus also touched on how Stark sees Parker as a similar person – an inventor and scientist – but just doesn’t have same amount of funds that he does. Parke is just starting out in his crime-fighting lifestyle, and Stark is attempting to bring him out of the shadows in order to create another trustworthy ally.
He probably sees some of himself in this kid. Remember, when you meet this kid, he’s clearly a budding scientist, but doesn’t have the resources that Tony Stark does.
The film does present that friendship/partnership of Iron Man and Spider-Man in a very believable and refreshing way. And since the two will share the screen once again in next year’s standalone film Spider-Man: Homecoming, there should be plenty more revealed about how the two interact and work together within the MCU. But even though it probably won’t happen (if ever), it is an intriguing thought to consider what it would be like to have the billionaire-playboy-philanthropist and Daredevil fighting side-by-side.
Captain America: Civil War is currently playing in theaters.