When Spider-Man finally appeared in Captain America: Civil War, theories of young Peter Parker appearing in Iron Man 2 started making round on various social media platforms. Basically, the theory is that the little Iron Man fan who holds up his hand to fight one of the Hammer drones in the 2010 film was none other than Peter Parker. The theory perfectly lined with the fact that Peter was 15 when he fought along side big guns in Civil War, and Iron Man 2 released six years ago (in 2010), thereby making Peter about the same age as the boy. Further, the Expo was held at Queens, which everybody know as Spidey’s hometown.
Well, the theory isn’t a theory anymore, for Tom Holland has confirmed it to be true. While speaking to Huffington Post, he said –
I can confirm that, that is Peter Parker. I can confirm that as of today. I literally had a conversation with Kevin Feige only 20 minutes ago. Maybe I’ve just done a big, old spoiler, but it’s out there now. It’s cool. I like the idea that Peter Parker has been in the universe since the beginning.
Now, its obvious that the people behind Iron Man 2 couldn’t have planted this easter-egg, for at that stage, even the possibility of setting up a cinematic universe was looking bleak with lukewarm performance of Iron Man 2. Introducing character from other studio was simply out of question. But now that MCU has established itself as the most successful cinematic universe and with Sony-Marvel Studio deal in place, they can easily retcon this fan theory into main canon and make MCU more cohesive with Spider-Man.