Peter Parker, aka Spider-Man, is one of the most beloved superheroes ever, both in Marvel Comics and the MCU. Over the years, his age in the comics changed, of course, based on the storyline. However, his age in the MCU caused quite a bit of confusion as well. The Blip happened, so that only added to the confusion. So, how old is Peter Parker when we first see him, and what’s his age later on?
Peter Parker is 14 years old when we first see him in ‘Captain America: Civil War’ – close to his 15th birthday, which we later learn is August 10th, 2001. Due to the blip, he was still 16 by the time ‘Endgame’ took place in October 2023, and finally, we last saw Parker at 17 years old in ‘Spider-Man: No Way Home.‘
However, this is an incredibly simplified version of everything regarding Peter Parker’s age. If you want to learn more about Spidey’s age and the age of Tom Holland, the actor portraying Peter Parker throughout the MCU, keep reading this article.
When was Peter Parker born in the MCU?
Unlike many other MCU characters, we actually got the exact information about when Peter Parker was born in the MCU. In ‘Spider-Man: Far From Home,’ we get to see a glimpse of his passport, where his birthday is clearly visible. Peter was born on August 10, 2001.
When you know the exact date of Parker’s birth, it’s much easier to address his age properly throughout all of his appearances in the MCU, especially once you sort out the timeline of each movie and when it took place.
Peter Parker appeared in six MCU movies so far: ‘Captain America: Civil War’ (2016), ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ (2017), ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ (2018), ‘Avengers: Endgame’ (2019), ‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’ (2019), and ‘Spider-Man: No Way Home’ (2021).
I’ll break down Peter’s age in each movie separately, including ‘Endgame,’ where we’ll explain the consequences of the Blip on Parker’s birthday and age.
When was Tom Holland born?
Interestingly, the actor behind MCU’s Peter Parker, Tom Holland, is a bit older than his character. Tom was born on June 1, 1996, about five years older than his MCU character.
As we go through the movies to address Peter Parker’s age, we’ll also address Tom Holland’s age at the time when each film came out.
How old is Peter Parker in ‘Captain America: Civil War’ (2016)?
‘Captain America: Civil War’ (2016) is the first time that we saw Tom Holland’s Spider-Man appear in the MCU. As we know, Peter Parker was born on August 10, 2001.
Meanwhile, Civil War was going on around June 2016 within the MCU timeline, meaning Peter Parker was still 14 years old when we first saw him on-screen, fighting alongside and against the likes of Captain America, Iron Man, Black Widow, Ant-Man, and others. He was, indeed, just a kid in the first half of his Sophomore year in High School.
How old is Tom Holland in ‘Captain America: Civil War’ (2016)?
As mentioned, Tom Holland was born on June 1, 1996. Seeing that the movie came out on May 5, 2016, Tom was still 19 years old, just a month away from his 20th birthday.
How old is Peter Parker in ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ (2017)?
‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ (2017) took place merely months after the events of ‘Captain America: Civil War.’ The storyline takes us through September/October of 2016, meaning Peter was 15 years old at the moment.
We learn that in the movie from Peter himself, who corrects Tony Stark and says ‘15’ after Tony says he’s 14 years old.
How old is Tom Holland in ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ (2017)?
‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ came out on July 7, 2017, making Tom Holland 21 years old by the time the movie came out. It was only a month after his 21st birthday, so it’s safe to say he was 20 years old while the movie was filming.
How old is Peter Parker in ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ (2018)?
The Mad Titan arrived on Earth in May 2018 to collect the Infinity Stones and fight the Avengers. At that moment, Peter Parker was 16, three months away from his 17th birthday. Unfortunately, he didn’t see his birthday come to fruition – not that year, at least – as he was one of the 50% that got erased from existence after Thanos snapped his fingers.
We’ll never forget that ‘Mr. Stark, I don’t wanna go’ moment.
How old is Tom Holland in ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ (2018)?
Seeing that ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ came out on April 27, 2018, Tom Holland was still 21 years old, a bit over a month away from his 22nd birthday.
How old is Peter Parker in ‘Avengers: Endgame’ (2019)?
This is where things get tricky when talking about Peter Parker’s MCU age. So, the Snap happened in May 2018, before Peter Parker’s 17th birthday. Then, everyone was brought back in ‘Endgame’ in October 2023, exactly 1965 days after the Snap. That means Parker was snapped before and returned after his 17th birthday, date-wise.
If you take away the 1965 days he had ‘lost’ during the Blip, it would, biologically, put Peter Parker at the age as if he was born on December 27, 2006. However, he still considers his birthday to be August 10, meaning he essentially ‘missed’ his birthday by about two months.
To put it simply, his biologically birthday would be December 27, but Peter still counts it as if it was August 10.
So, his 17th birthday would’ve been August 10, 2023 (taking away the 1965 days lost in The Blip), but since he returned in October 2023, he missed that date and will celebrate his 17th birthday a full ten months later, on August 10, 2024, when biologically, his body would be 17 years old on December 27, 2023.
Phew, that was a lot, but now we got it all covered. Technically, both biologically and by the number of celebrated birthdays, Peter Parker is still 16 in October 2023, when ‘Avengers: Endgame’ takes place. However, his body would turn 17 on December 27, whereas he wouldn’t ‘count’ his 17th birthday until August 10, 2024. Hope I’ve managed to explain the conundrum.
How old is Tom Holland in ‘Avengers: Endgame’ (2019)?
Luckily, Tom Holland didn’t suffer from The Blip and hadn’t missed any birthdays, biologically or counting-wise. ‘Avengers: Endgame’ (2019) came out on April 26, meaning Tom was still 22 years old, merely a month away from his 23rd birthday.
How old is Peter Parker in ‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’ (2019)?
Thanos has been defeated, the Endgame is finished, Tony Stark is gone, and all the people that ‘blipped’ – including Peter Parker – are back. The movie takes place about 8,9 months later, near the end of Peter Parker’s Junior year in high school- which he had to repeat due to lost time in The Blip.
‘Far From Home’ takes place right before the summer holidays, in June and July of 2024. Now, as we explained previously, Peter Parker’s body biologically turned 17 in December 2023, meaning he is biologically 17 years old in ‘Far From Home’.
However, he explicitly says in the movie that he considers himself a 16-year-old due to the time he had lost in The Blip and plans to celebrate his 17 birthday on August 10, 2024.
Putting it simply – his body is 17, but Peter only celebrated 16 birthdays by the time ‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’ takes place.
How old is Tom Holland in ‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’ (2019)?
Interestingly, only three months have passed between ‘Avengers: Endgame’ and ‘Spider-Man: Far From Home,’ but Tom Holland got another year on his back in the meantime.
Seeing that ‘Far From Home’ premiered on July 2, 2019, it means Holland had just turned 23 years old the day before the movie premiered. What a wonderful birthday present, right?
How old is Peter Parker in ‘Spider-Man: No Way Home’ (2021)?
Lastly, the final movie where we saw Spider-Man, aka Peter Parker, in the MCU was 2021’s ‘Spider-Man: No Way Home.’ The trilogy’s completion saw record-breaking numbers and a true evolution of Peter Parker as a character who was now just finishing his Senior year in High Scool.
The plot of the film takes place in late 2024, well after August, but before December. That means that Peter finally celebrated his 17th birthday and is now 17 years old, biologically and counting-wise. However, his body would turn 18 years old in December, whereas he wouldn’t count his 18th birthday until August 2025.
How old is Tom Holland in ‘Spider-Man: No Way Home’ (2021)?
The last film in which we’ve seen Tom Holland as Spider-Man (so far, I hope) came out on December 17, 2021, when Tom was 25 years old, six months away from his 26th birthday.
Will we see another Peter Parker appearance in the MCU?
There is no word about a new MCU project involving Peter Parker, especially with Tom Holland involved. However, as soon as ‘No Way Home’ premiered, we heard a lot about Spidey’s potential return – including Tom Holland.
In an interview with Fandango about a month before No Way Home’s premiere, the producer Amy Pascal revealed:
“This is not the last movie that we are going to make with Marvel – [this is not] the last Spider-Man movie. We are getting ready to make the next Spider-Man movie with Tom Holland and Marvel, it just isn’t part of… we’re thinking of this as three films, and now we’re going to go onto the next three. This is not the last of our MCU movies.”
If you think things have changed since then, you might want to take a peek at the Entertainment Weekly interview with Kevin Feige from February 2023. In the interview, Feige was asked about updates on when we might see Peter Parker in the MCU again, to which he replied:
“All I will say is that we have the story. We have big ideas for that, and our writers are just putting pen to paper now.”
So, there you have it. Even if, for some reason, it won’t be Tom Holland in the next project, the MCU didn’t see the last of Peter Parker for certain. And when he comes back, I’ll make sure to let you know how old he is. No confusion.
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