Iron Man 3’s Harley Keener is now a comic book character
Iron Man 3’s Harley Keener has a surprising way of presenting himself when you least expect it, and now he’s made his Marvel debut as a comic book character in Spider-Man WEB # 1.
No, it’s not quite the same as appearing in the ongoing Iron Man series, but hey, it’s a start.
MCU fans remember that Harley was the kid whose garage workshop in Rose Hill, Tennessee, Tony Stark hid during Iron Man 3. Something of a junior inventor – “mechanic” himself, Keener was played by actor Ty Simpkins, then 12 years old.
Speculation surrounded the actor at one point as Iron Man’s eventual successor to Robert Downey Jr., which only intensified when Simpkins was included in a class photo from Marvel’s 10th anniversary. Studios, and then again when the now teenage actor surprisingly resurfaced at the Tony Stark Memorial. service at the end of Avengers: Endgame (hopefully after all this time it wasn’t a spoiler).
In Spider-Man’s WEB # 1, Keener makes his comic book debut, but not necessarily the Marvel Universe, as a member of Tony Stark’s Worldwide Engineering Brigade (WEB for short), a sort of band of STEM reflection for teens that includes Moon Girl, the Wakandan the child prodigy Onome, a teenager Peter Parker (the titular Spider-Man, of course), Squirrel Girl, and Keener.
Keener’s clearly adolescent character describes himself as Tony Stark’s right-hand man, which creates a little rivalry between Harley and Peter, who in this series considers Spider-Man to be Iron Man’s right-hand man.
The opening pages of Spider-Man # 1’s WEB give a full nod to Iron Man 3, as Harley shows off this invention a “Spunner” (see above), which is a non-lethal stun blaster that uses weights made of potatoes which also feed the apparatus.
As seen in the issue, it’s sort of a hybrid of the potato gun that Harley wears when we first meet him in Iron Man 3, mixed in with the palm repeller Tony made in the movie. .
Spider-Man’s Five-Issue WEB is written by Kevin Shinick, and issue # 1 art is by Alberto Albuquerque.
The series is sort of a marketing game tied to the Avengers campus that just opened at Disney California Adventure and its WEB Slingers attraction.
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