The Spider-Man movies didn’t give much focus on Peter Parker’s parents until the duology of The Amazing Spider-Man films directed by Marc Webb. That was quickly abandoned once Peter joined the Marvel Cinematic Universe in Captain America: Civil War and we haven’t heard anything about his parents since. It sounds like Marvel Studios has finally figured out how to bring Peter’s parents into the ever-growing canon of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and how they are going to do it will involve going back to one of the stranger pieces of Spider-Man’s history.
According to We Got This Covered, Peter Parker’s parents will be revealed to be agents that worked for S.H.I.E.L.D., the government agency at the core of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. In the original comics, Spider-Man’s parents were secret agents that worked for the CIA but ended up dying in a plane crash. What could make this story choice very interesting is that another established character in the Marvel Cinematic Universe also factors into the comic book backstory of Peter Parker’s parents. That would be none other than the head of S.H.I.E.L.D. himself, Nick Fury.
In the comics, Nick Fury was the one that recruited Peter’s father, Richard Parker, into the CIA. Maybe this means that we could learn about Spider-Man’s parents outside of one of the upcoming feature films. We know that Disney+ has given the go-ahead for a Nick Fury series. Could it be that we would see the Parkers in an episode of that show? From what we understand, that series will include some flashbacks to critical moments in Nick Fury’s life. The sequences would mean seeing a digitally de-aged Samuel L. Jackson, and it would be pretty easy to slip in such a scene that focused on the Parkers. In fact, that could be an entire episode of material right there.
But, would audiences want Spider-Man’s parents to have their backstory revealed on a streaming service show instead of a movie? It is tough to gauge in this new era of multimedia universe building. With all the wild things we have been hearing about the future of Spider-Man in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, learning that this could also get shoved into the mix doesn’t sound like something that needs to be the focal point of an entire movie. Spider-Man’s parents haven’t been crucial to the character’s impact on pop culture up to this point. It could be that audiences just don’t care about the Parkers and that seems to be working in the film franchise so far.
So, could Spider-Man’s parents show up in the Marvel Cinematic Universe? It’s probably bound to happen at some point. If it does, maybe it could be an episode of the Nick Fury series on Disney+. If we end up meeting Peter’s parents in the Marvel Cinematic Universe feature films, then Spider-Man has more to worry about than just the return of Jamie Foxx’s Electro. Reckoning with your parents is always a big comic book character issue, and maybe we’d get to see Tom Holland deliver another of his excellent emotional performances because of this revelation. We will just have to see what happens.