Spoiler Warning: This post contains spoilers of Captain America: Civil War. If you have not yet seen the movie, do so before reading this post.
Phase 3 of the MCU has officially started and, by all accounts, it is off to a great start. One of the biggest talking points for audiences has been Tom Holland‘s portrayal of Peter Parker. His introduction brings Tony Stark to Queens to recruit the web-slinger, and their chemistry is off the charts. However, one thing that was not completely explained was how Stark learns about Spider-Man and that Peter is the one underneath the onesie.
If you have been wondering how this works, screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely were asked to explain how Tony finds his newest recruit. We know there are clips of Spider-Man using his powers on YouTube, which Tony shows Peter during their first meeting, but according to Markus & McFeely, Spider-Man isn’t the only hero Tony is keeping tabs on.
Markus: I think he’s been keeping tabs. I think he might know about everybody.
McFeely: I’d say that’s the only buy there. We always left a recruitment section. Everybody has an arc but some are really big and some are small. The recruitment section allowed you to bring people in for the big fight and call it Civil War but not require that they have 18 beats of an arc. We knew we were gonna go get Spider-Man, we knew we were gonna get Ant-Man, but they have smaller arcs.
Markus: Tony has A.I. somewhere running crime statistics. He can see where it’s going up and heroes might be needed and where it’s going down and there might be heroes. It’s why he built Ultron in the first place.
If this A.I. does exist, I’m sure the the statistics would show a decline in crime in Hell’s Kitchen that could lead to him eventually meeting Daredevil and the rest of The Defenders. Everybody wants to see the Netflix characters pop up for the briefest of moments in Avengers: Infinity War, so whatever has to happen to make it a reality, I’m game.
Captain America: Civil War is currently out in theaters.