There were plenty of revelations during the San Diego Comic Con this year, and that means that there were MCU-related topics that became the point of discussion among different fans around the world. Of course, one of the things that were revealed at Comic Con was Spider-Man: Freshman Year, which is an animated series that will be available on Disney+ in the future. But is Spider-Man: Freshman Year canon to the MCU?
Spider-Man: Freshman Year is going to be canon to the MCU as the series will tell the story of Peter Parker’s early beginnings as Spider-Man during his freshman year in high school. It is possible that Freshman Year happens before or after both Captain America: Civil War and Spider-Man: Homecoming.
It is important to note that Peter Parker’s origin story as Spider-Man in the MCU was never discussed, unlike the Spider-Man versions of both Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield. As such, it is possible that Freshman Year will not only tell the story of how the MCU Parker became Spider-Man but also his early life as the web-slinging hero. That said, let’s look at what we know about Freshman Year.
What Is Spider-Man: Freshman Year?
One of the most popular Marvel characters of all time is Spider-Man, who has seen his fair share of movie incarnations. Of course, the most popular version of Spider-Man right now is Tom Holland’s Peter Parker because of the fact that this Spider-Man is part of the MCU. While Sony still retains rights over the movie adaptation of the character, the company has been working well with Marvel Studios to make sure that Spider-Man still gets represented in the MCU, as he is no doubt the most iconic Marvel character of all time.
The popularity of Spider-Man allowed Marvel Studios to come up with a brand-new story for the character. Because of the popularity of the What If…? series on Disney+, Marvel Studios decided to create another animated series that also follows a similar art and animation style but focuses more on the story of our favorite web-slinging hero. The series will be entitled Spider-Man: Freshman Year. So, what will Spider-Man: Freshman Year be all about?
Spider-Man: Freshman Year was just recently revealed during the events of the San Diego Comic Con in 2022. At this point, not a lot of things have been revealed about Spider-Man: Freshman Year. There aren’t even any trailers or teasers for it. In that regard, whatever we know about Spider-Man: Freshman Year is minimal at best.
Nevertheless, Spider-Man: Freshman Year, as the title suggests, is set to tell the story of Peter Parker’s freshman year in high school. This is an animated series that will explore the early days of Parker as Spider-Man while battling smaller crimes happening in the streets of New York. As such, it is more than possible that the events of Freshman Year happen before Parker’s involvement with the Avengers in Captain America: Civil War and before the events of Spider-Man: Homecoming.
Also, we know for a fact that certain names will appear in Spider-Man: Freshman Year. It was announced at Comic Con that Charlie Cox’s Daredevil would be appearing in the animated series. We did see him making a cameo appearance in No Way Home, and him appearing in Freshman Year will only allow us to become more excited with the upcoming live-action Daredevil series on Disney+.
It was also announced that certain characters would be making an appearance in the series. Aside from Cox returning to voice Daredevil, characters like Doc Ock, Chameleon, Scorpion, Speed Demon, and Harry Osborne will be making appearances in the series as well.
Meanwhile, we also learned that the series is already set for a sequel entitled Sophomore Year, which will happen during the events of Peter Parker’s sophomore year in high school. As such, Marvel Studios and Disney are going all-in on the animated series that’s based on our favorite web-slinging hero’s storyline.
Is Spider-Man: Freshman Year Canon To The MCU?
While we do know a bit of information about Spider-Man: Freshman Year, what we don’t know for sure is how the story will flow. But people are already wondering whether or not Spider-Man: Freshman Year is going to be canon to the MCU. And that’s where we will try to make sense of where it might fall in the MCU and if it could be canon to the events of the main Marvel Studios timeline.
As mentioned, Spider-Man: Freshman Year is going to chronicle the days of Peter Parker in his freshman year and when he had just become Spider-Man. And this is where it becomes interesting because of the fact that the series focuses on his freshman year in high school.
Back in the events of Captain America: Civil War and Spider-Man: Homecoming, we learned for a fact that Peter Parker was still just a 15-year-old sophomore in high school. Infinity War happened one year after the events of Homecoming, and that would put Parker in his junior year.
Of course, we do know that Peter Parker missed five years of his life after Infinity War, and that means that the events of Spider-Man: Far From Home happened during his junior year. Meanwhile, No Way Home took place during his senior year because he and his friends were already talking about college.
Going back to our point, there is a good possibility that Spider-Man: Freshman Year is canon to the MCU because none of the movies ever talked about Parker’s freshman year in high school. And that could mean that this series will tell the story of his origins as Spider-Man because when Tony Stark recruited him during the events of Captain America: Civil War, he was already Spider-Man for a while.
Then there is the fact that the first two versions of Spider-Man (Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield) told the origin story of Peter Parker and how he became the web-slinging hero. This was never shown in the MCU version of Peter Parker, as he was already Spider-Man when Iron Man asked for his help.
As such, Spider-Man: Freshman Year could be canon to the entire MCU storyline of Peter Parker because we never saw his story as a young hero before he got entangled with the Avengers. This animated series will allow us to see how Parker learned to control his powers and possibly how he got them in the first place. That’s why we believe that Spider-Man: Freshman Year is canon to the MCU, as it chronicles Peter Parker’s early days as the aforementioned hero.