Why Tony Stark Recruits Spider-Man and Not Daredevil in Captain America: Civil War


[Warning: Mild Spoilers for Captain America: Civil War. Read at your own risk]

Anyone who’s seen Captain America: Civil War can tell you there was no shortage of super-powered individuals in that film. We saw our first look at Black Panther, and also Spider-Man, who were both on Iron Man’s side of the battle. In the film, Tony Stark went to Peter Parker’s apartment in Queens, New York to personally recruit him for the ensuing battle, presenting him with video footage he had of the webhead in action. This scene lets you know that Stark has been keeping his ear to the ground and keeping tabs on some up and coming heroes. But this scene also makes you think, “If Iron Man was looking for help and was keeping tab on heroes, why didn’t he recruit someone like Daredevil instead? He’s been pretty active in the world too.”  Well, the Civil War writers, Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely offer up an explanation for this.

In an interview with IGN, Markus address the reason why Tony Stark recruits the webslinger from Queens rather than the Devil from Hell’s Kitchen:

“I think he has been keeping tabs on the world and he knows about this one kid. In some ways there’s a motivation, having been accused of killing a young kid earlier in the movie to, ‘Maybe I can rebuild karmically something that I’ve lost by helping this kid along.’ And he’s there, and he’s available, and Tony’s desperate!”

Following this, McFeely adds that Stark probably did it due to the similarities he shares with the young Peter Parker:

He probably sees some of himself in this kid. Remember, when you meet this kid, he’s clearly a budding scientist, but doesn’t have the resources that Tony Stark does.”


While these explanations do help us understand Stark’s thinking in these situations, it’s still a shame that we were unable to see one of the heroes from the Netflix side of the MCU make the transition to the big screen. Maybe we’ll see this happen in the near future in another film.

Captain America: Civil War is now playing in theaters.

Daredevil season 1 & 2 are available for streaming on Netflix.


One comment

  1. Could I say the reasons are:
    1) There’s a new spidey movie coming soon.
    2) It’s Stark. He wouldn’t want someone to overshadow him again, like Capt. He wants a kid he could boss around.



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