A new batch of Spider-Man: Homecoming concept art reveals a quick non-PSA Captain America cameo that didn’t end up making the final film. It’s almost hard to remember now, but only a few short years ago, many Marvel fans were convinced that Spider-Man would never appear within the MCU. After all, Sony had a death grip on the film rights, and seemed intent on squeezing every last dime they could out of the popular hero. Thankfully, Sony had a change of heart following the failure of The Amazing Spider-Man 2, and decided to join forces with Marvel and revitalize the web-slinger’s big screen career.
Tom Holland’s teenage Spider-Man made a triumphant arrival in the MCU via 2016’s Captain America: Civil War, fighting alongside Iron Man’s team in the battle over the Sokovia Accords. Peter Parker would get his first taste of solo MCU stardom in 2017’s Spider-Man: Homecoming, which took place not long after Civil War, and furthered Peter’s mentor/pupil relationship with Tony Stark.
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Sadly, Spider-Man’s journey through the MCU hit a huge roadblock when he ended up dusted by Thanos at the end of Avengers: Infinity War, in arguably the most emotional death scene in the film. While it’s no secret Peter will be resurrected in time for next summer’s Spider-Man: Far From Home, it remains to be seen how that will happen in Avengers 4. In the meantime, a new batch of concept art has surfaced for Spider-Man: Homecoming, thanks to artist Peter Mitchell Rubin. One of the included images reveals a scrapped cameo by Captain America, albeit in the form of a memorial statue. Below are five of the new images, but many more can be found on Rubin’s site.
Rubin doesn’t explain where exactly in the film the Captain America memorial statue seen above would’ve appeared, but the obvious assumption to make is that Peter’s friends would’ve encountered it during their visit to Washington, D.C. Whether or not Peter would’ve been with them is unclear, as he didn’t get to do that much with his classmates as himself before he needed to swing into action as Spider-Man and save the day.
Anyone who’s seen Homecoming knows that Captain America ended up appearing in several humorous PSAs that Peter watches in high school over the course of the film, despite technically being an international fugitive following Civil War. It’s revealed that a descendant of one of Steve Rogers’ old Howling Commandos teammates is the school principal, explaining him allowing Cap’s PSAs to still be shown. Perhaps that reasoning is why the initially planned statue cameo by Cap was removed, as it wouldn’t make sense for a monument honoring Steve to be on display while he’s an enemy of the U.S. government.
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Source: Peter Mitchell Rubin