MCU Theory Proves Spider-Man 4 Can Be Street-Level & Explore The Multiverse

  • Marvel Studios and Sony have been speculated to want to take Spider-Man 4 in different directions, either focusing on the street-level or multiverse storylines of the MCU.
  • Mister Gryphon could be the new foe in Spider-Man 4, bridging both storylines of a street-level threat and multiverse exploration.
  • Spider-Man 4 could include both Mister Gryphon and Kingpin, setting up the latter for a bigger future in the MCU.
Marvel Studios' upcoming Spider-Man 4 can explore both the street-level stories of the MCU and the vast multiverse by introducing a powerful new foe for Tom Holland's Peter Parker. After the conclusion of Tom Holland's first solo trilogy as Peter Parker, a.k.a. Spider-Man, comprising 2017's Homecoming, 2019's Far From Home and 2021's No Way Home, the future is unclear for Queens' wall-crawler. Although there has been no official confirmation from Marvel Studios, the MCU's Spider-Man 4 seems to be in development, but there has reportedly been contention between Marvel Studios and Sony about what direction the upcoming sequel should take.
Spider-Man joined the MCU in 2016's Captain America: Civil War after Disney, Marvel Studios and Sony entered into a deal to share the film rights to the popular Marvel Comics hero. Sony continues to finance, distribute and have creative control of Spider-Man's solo MCU movies, while Disney deals with his crossover appearances, such as those in Avengers: Infinity War and Endgame. Despite a blip in 2019, the deal between Marvel Studios and Sony is still strong, allowing new Spider-Man projects to be developed, but the two studios don't always see eye to eye on how to handle Spider-Man's MCU adventures.
Your browser does not support the video tag. Related 10 Things Spider-Man 4 Can Learn From Madame Web's Negative Reviews Madame Web has become Sony's recent critical failure for their Spider-Man Universe, Spider-Man 4 will need to do its best to avoid the same failures. Spider-Man 4’s Street-Level Or Multiverse Story Has Been A Point Of Contention Close After Spider-Man: No Way Home's intense ending in 2021, which saw Doctor Strange cast a spell that wiped Peter Parker's civilian persona from the world's memory, Marvel Studios and Sony could take Spider-Man 4 in any direction. Recent speculation has suggested that Marvel Studios wants Spider-Man 4 to fit into the ever-growing street-level corner of the MCU, while Sony is apparently fighting for the project to deal with the multiverse, perhaps hoping to repeat No Way Home's massive success. Both of these potential storylines have pros and cons, so it's unclear which route Marvel Studios and Sony will opt for.
As a street-level story, Spider-Man 4 could be more grounded than its predecessor, perhaps reintroducing audiences to Peter Parker in the wake of Doctor Strange's spell. Marvel Studios has been focusing on develop the MCU's street-level corners, with characters such as Daredevil, Kingpin, Echo and Moon Knight getting a lot of attention through Phases 4 and 5. Exploring the multiverse again, however, would connect Spider-Man 4 to the overarching storyline of the MCU's Multiverse Saga, so it's unclear what decision will be made, though there may be a way that both of these narratives will be able to be investigated.
Spider-Man Homecoming 4 Not Yet RatedSuperheroActionAdventure Spider-Man: Homecoming 4 is the first sequel to the MCU's Spider-Man trilogy starring Tom Holland as the titular wall-crawler. After wiping his identity for the public's memory in Spider-Man: No Way Home, Peter Parker continues his crime-fighting adventures without the aid of Iron Man technology or the support of his former allies.
Franchise(s) Marvel Cinematic Universe , Spider-Man prequel(s) Spider-Man: Homecoming , Spider-Man: Far From Home , Spider-Man: No Way Home Mister Gryphon In Spider-Man 4 Fits Both Criteria Mister Gryphon arrives to challenge Spider-Man Close A new MCU theory suggests that Spider-Man 4 could introduce a new villain that fits both narratives of a street-level threat while pushing forward the multiverse plot of the MCU. Mister Gryphon fits the bill, as he is a variant of multiversal villain Kang the Conqueror who operates from his office building in New York City. In Marvel Comics, Kang the Conqueror was split in two while traveling through the time stream, and one of these halves became trapped in the 21st Century. Dubbing himself Mister Gryphon, he became the CEO of Qeng Enterprises, hoping to build his modern-day empire.
Building his massive criminal empire in New York City in the wake of 2015's Secret Wars event, Mister Gryphon worked with several Marvel Comics villains to extend his influence and power even further. This included seeing Mister Gryphon team up with the Chitauri warrior Warbringer, the thermodynamic hero-turned-villain Equinox, and a reprogrammed, sinister version of Vision, primarily in battles against the Avengers. While Gryphon was soon thrust back into the time stream, he certainly made his mark during his brief time in New York City, so he could be the perfect villain to debut in Marvel Studios' upcoming Spider-Man 4.
A key theme in Spider-Man's previous stories is that Peter Parker tends to idolize individuals who eventually turn out to be villains
After the events of Spider-Man: No Way Home, it's possible that Tom Holland's Peter Parker may be working for Mister Gryphon's company, Qeng Enterprises. A key theme in Spider-Man's previous stories is that Peter Parker tends to idolize individuals who eventually turn out to be villains. This has occurred with Norman Osborn's Green Goblin, Otto Octavius' Doctor Octopus, Curt Connors' Lizard and Quentin Beck's Mysterio in previous live-action Spider-Man projects, so the same could occur with Mister Gryphon in Spider-Man 4​​​​​​​. Gryphon's debut would connect Spider-Man 4 to the multiverse, but also keep it grounded in the MCU's street-level saga.
Kingpin Can Still Appear In Spider-Man 4 Even With Mister Gryphon New Threats, Old Rivals Close While Mister Gryphon may be the perfect choice of villain in Spider-Man 4, there's a possibility that this could make Vincent D'Onofrio's return as Wilson Fisk's Kingpin impossible. D'Onofrio reprised his role of Kingpin from Netflix's Daredevil series in Hawkeye, and made a larger appearance in 2024's Echo ahead of his return in Daredevil: Born Again opposite Charlie Cox's Matt Murdock, a.k.a. Daredevil. Echo's post-credits scene teased Wilson Fisk's future as the Mayor of New York City, setting him up to be a prominent villain for all the MCU's street-level heroes, including Peter Parker's Spider-Man in the upcoming Spider-Man 4.
Kingpin is expected to be featured in Spider-Man 4, with Marvel Studios perhaps teasing an adaptation of Marvel Comics' Devil's Reign storyline, which saw Mayor Fisk outlaw vigilantism in New York City. This would greatly impact Parker's antics, so it seems likely that Kingpin will face Tom Holland's Spider-Man in the MCU's future. Luckily, both Kingpin and Mister Gryphon operate in New York, meaning they could both make themselves known in Spider-Man 4, perhaps with Gryphon posing a major threat, while Wilson Fisk continues to extend his political power in the background, setting up even bigger stories for the future.
Mister Gryphon In Spider-Man 4 Can Resolve A 7-Year-Old MCU Mystery New Threats, Old RivalsSpider-Man's Foe Holds the Key to an Old Mystery If Mister Gryphon appears in Spider-Man 4 as a Kang the Conqueror variant, not only will Marvel Studios be able to explain what the future holds for Kang following Jonathan Majors' 2023 arrest, conviction and firing, but a seven-year-old MCU mystery may also be addressed. The former Avengers Tower was sold in 2017's Spider-Man: Homecoming, and the landmark's current owner has been the subject of many theories in the years since. Some have suggested that the Fantastic Four acquired Avengers Tower and transformed it into the Baxter Building, while Kingpin's Fisk Industries has also been suspected to have moved in.
Spider-Man 4 has the perfect opportunity to reveal the new owner of Avengers Tower, as Mister Gryphon acquired the building - then known as Stark Tower - in Marvel Comics to establish Qeng Enterprises. This was Gryphon's base of operations in New York City, and the center of his empire, so if Peter Parker finds himself working for Gryphon, he could revisit the former Avengers Tower. Loki season 1 teased this future for the building, as Avengers Tower was seen in the Void with "QENG" written on the side, meaning Marvel Studios' Spider-Man 4 could finally address this glaring mystery.


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