San Diego Comic-Con has given us its first Marvel Studios panel that unveiled a glimpse behind the scenes of the various animated shows. Among them is the reveal of Spider-Man: Freshman Year. When it was initially announced, it was hinted at Spidey’s early days to becoming Spider-Man in the Marvel Cinematic Universee. Yet, the first look has revealed it may not be that way after all.
Not only do we see Norman Osborne become a mentor for Peter Parker, but it also hints at Doctor Strange having a role of some kind. Considering they only really met in the MCU during Avengers: Infinity War, it was taken as potentially a part of the multiverse. Yet, the official press release still includes the line that it “follows Peter Parker on his way to becoming Spider-man in the MCU.”
“Spider-Man: Freshman Year” is an animated series that follows Peter Parker on his way to becoming Spider-Man in the MCU, with a journey unlike we’ve ever seen and a style that celebrates the character’s early comic book roots. Executive producer Jeff Trammel serves as head writer.
It’s very likely just an old copy from when the show was announced, as we know from Spider-Man: No Way Home that Norman Osborne couldn’t find anyone with his name. Plus, Peter Parker seemingly didn’t know who he was. Either they go out of their way to give a reason why Norman never existed in the MCU until Peter meets Tony, or the “MCU” is just a way to hint at the multiverse connection. For now, we can only speculate.