This week, some of Chris Pine’s most ardent supporters were surprised to discover that he has long been a part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and a superhero at that.
Fans of the star will already be aware that he was also part of the DC Extended Universe too.
Pine starred as Steve Trevor, Gal Gadot’s love interest and companion in 2017’s hit movie Wonder Woman. The 42-year-old actor made a big impression, and continued on as the superhero’s trusted companion for the following film.
He played the general in the critically panned 2020 sequel Wonder Woman 1984, although many of Pine’s fans were totally oblivious to his other position in the competing Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Pine made an appearance as one of the most well-known Marvel superheroes of all time a year after he made his debut in Wonder Woman, but not in person.
You might not be aware, but Pine voiced a pretty important part in Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse.
The movie centres on Miles Morales (Shameik Moore), Spider-Man’s alternate reality character who presently stars in continuing comic books.
Spider-Man from his reality offers to teach him how to use his abilities for good, but unexpectedly, Kingpin (Liev Schreiber), one of the film’s main adversaries, kills him off early on.
Since Chris’s part wasn’t revealed beforehand and only after a promotional screening just before the movie’s release, many viewers who saw it in theatres probably weren’t aware that he provided the voice for Spider-Man who died in the film.
He even sang Spiderman’s Christmas album during the credits!
Even though Into The Spider-Verse was released over five years ago today, some fans were still taken aback to hear that Pine played Spider-Man in the first film.
“CHRIS PINE plays SPIDERMAn?!!!” one shocked Twitter user wrote.
While another said: “we don’t talk about chris pine spiderman aka “RIPeter” as often as we should.”
“OK WAS CHRIS PINE THE SPIDERMAN THAT MILES SAW DIE????? BC I DIDN’T REALIZE IT WAS HIM,” a third questioned.
A fourth added: “I finally FINALLY watched Into the Spiderverse. Why did no one tell me the credits feature CHRIS PINE SINGING A SPIDERMAN THEMED VERSION OF JINGLE BELLS? I would have watched it ages ago if I’d been told that! (Also the rest of the movie was very very good, too.)”
Pine has demonstrated in three different films that he is open to playing a superhero, but a year before the release of Into The Spider-Verse, he made some unexpected digs at Marvel.
While carrying out the promotion for Wonder Woman in 2017, Pine shared his opinions on Avengers: Infinity War in an interview with Screenslam.
“Within this genre it’s difficult to do something new and usually you just see a bunch of people killing one another in outfits and blowing up cities,” he said, responding to the question of why he decided to take part in Wonder Woman.
“Like I know there’s a thing called Infinity War coming out, which is like, really? Infinity War? We need more war for all time?” he continued.
However, it seems he’s changed his mind since then, and fans seem to be pretty grateful about the turn around, as many labelled him as the best Peter Parker.
What do you think, did you realise it was him?