Fan theories can be extremely dumb. Many encourage a bad brand of viewership in which every unstated detail in every piece of narrative art is a mystery to be solved, and never merely appreciated as a piece of economical storytelling. This category tends to be very thinly sourced, putting far too much weight on non-load-bearing minor details. A whole swath of them are in the service of unnecessarily proving X property takes place in the same “universe” as Y property. Fan theories are, more often than not, bad. What separates this Spider-Man: Homecoming Reddit fan theory from the pack, however, is that it is also very depressing. That is because what this fan theory posits, as explained by Nerdist’s Dan Casey in the clip above, is that the current iteration of Spider-Man’s parents died in 9/11. Fun! Yep, according to the theory, Spider-Man’s parents, Richard and Mary Parker, were killed not by, oh let’s say Red Skull, but instead by those most dastardly of MCU villains, uh, Osama Bin Laden and Mohamed Atta. The evidence laid out by the Reddit poster is essentially A) by the timeline of the film Peter Parker, whose parents died when he was very young, should have been born in 2001 (convincing!), and B) that he has never been on a plane and has a pronounced fear of heights (less convincing!). Of course, this theory also requires 9/11 to have explicitly happened within the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Because the MCU takes place in a world… [Read full story]
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