The Underrated Genius of the MCU’s Peter Parker (Literally)
One of the most iconic iterations of the character in his 20- years of existence on the big screen, what separates the newest version of the character is perhaps, most of all, the underrated genius of the MCU’s Peter Parker.
For six years, Tom Holland has been the MCU’s version of the most iconic character in the history of the comic book medium. Debuting in Captain America: Civil War, the MCU’s Spider-Man has boasted a story that places him on par with any of his predecessors.
Youthful, energetic, and heroic in all of the ways necessary, it has ceased to be a reach for one to consider Tom Holland the greatest Peter Parker than we’ve ever seen.
But something very specific sets the character apart from his other live-action adaptations, that being the underrated genius of the MCU’s Peter Parker. A genius that puts him on par with some of the smartest characters in the entire Marvel Universe.
The criticisms were always present, and fans were never shy about disliking the MCU trajectory that seemingly made Peter Parker a younger, more humble version, of Tony Stark.
But the beauty of their story as mentor and protege is all of the ways in which Tony Stark saw himself in the young hero; and all the ways in which Tony saw the differences between them.
This is the same young man who was able to hack into Starks suit in Spider-Man: Homecoming; and again, after Tony Starks death, crafted his own Spider-Man suit out of remaining Stark tech.
But perhaps this underrated genius was never on display more than 2021 biggest film of the year, Spider-Man: No Way Home.
Not only did Spider-Man use mathematics and his intelligence to beat Doctor Strange in the sorcerer supreme’s very own mirror dimension, but he was a genius on par with Norman Osborne and Otto Octavius when he orchestrated the cure to all five villains ailments.
The MCU’s Peter Parker is clearly one of the smartest characters in the Marvel Universe, on par with Bruce Banner and the late Tony Stark.
Yet, with his heroism, charm, and ability to stand toe to toe with almost anyone, that genius may be the most underrated aspect of the character.