The Falcon and the Winter Soldier is over and we’ve already begun to miss the MCU. The wait for Loki is on, but until its arrival, we’ve to make do with what we have. Now that the second Phase 4 series is done, we’ve been getting a bunch of intel from the creators. There were several questions that we had after The Falcon and the Winter Soldier’s finale, and one of those was about Spider-Man. Where was the Web-Slinger throughout the finale?
The final battle between Sam, Bucky, John, Sharon, and the Flag-Smashers took place in New York. But apparently, heroes like Spider-Man and Doctor Strange did not show up to their aid. We didn’t even get a shot of the old Avengers tower. Now the obvious answer to the absence of these heroes is that this is a series about Sam and Bucky. So none of the other heroes would have showed up to help. They didn’t help in WandaVision, and the same applies to The Falcon and the Winter Soldier. Marvel has been getting away with this successfully over more than a decade without us fans being bothered about it too much. And, they’ve got away with it again.
But still, this battle took place in New York! Doctor Strange doesn’t really step into fights unless there’s a mystical or global threat. But at least Spidey should have helped. He was actively fighting bad guys in New York in Spider-Man: Far From Home, which took place just 1-2 months after The Falcon and the Winter Soldier. So, why didn’t he come to aid Sam & Bucky? Well, I guess he could have been taking care of other threats in the city.
Apparently, writer Malcolm Spellman wanted to add Spider-Man into this battle because it certainly does make sense. He was pretty excited to do it, but it was Kevin Feige who nixed this cameo. It’s not just because of the Spider-Man deal that exists between Sony and Marvel. But it happened because there was no organic reason for the wall-crawler to appear.
When asked about his willingness to add Spidey, Spellman told Inverse:
“Of course! Then Kevin Feige tells you, ‘No. Stop it.’ Listen, when you first show up to these projects, in your mind you think you’re gonna get to use everybody in the MCU. But Marvel always asks, ‘Does this person belong in this story? You cannot just geek out and put all of our characters in your project because you like them. They have to occur organically.’ So Spider-Man did not make it.”
Well, we would have liked Spidey to team up with Sam and Bucky. But it is also good that he didn’t show up. Beating the Flag-Smashers actually turned out to be quite easy. With Spider-Man, it would have become even easier. And he might have stolen Captain America’s thunder. Without Spidey’s presence, Sam Wilson was able to establish himself as the new Cap in the best way possible. So, we’re glad that a cameo from him or any other hero didn’t happen just for the sake of it.
Directed by Kari Skogland, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier stars Anthony Mackie as Sam Wilson, aka Falcon, Sebastian Stan as Bucky Barnes, aka The Winter Soldier, Daniel Brühl as Baron Helmut Zemo, Emily VanCamp as Sharon Carter, Wyatt Russell as John Walker, Desmond Chiam, Miki Ishikawa, Noah Mills, and Carl Lumbly.