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13 Reasons Spider-Man Should Have Always Been An Avenger

Captain America, Iron Man, and Thor have a long history with the web-head in Marvel comics. Can the movies handle Peter Parker's wisecracks AND Tony Stark's sass?

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Marvel and Sony have struck a deal to make Spider-Man part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. That means Marvel's most amazing character — who has teamed up with the Avengers off-and-on in the comics — can finally interact with them on the big screen!

1. They go wayyy back — to 1964.

Avengers #11 (Dec. 1964) / Via marvel.com

One of the earliest Avengers adventures involves Kang the Conqueror creating a robot clone of Spider-Man to infiltrate the team (the real Spidey ultimately saves the day).

2. Spider-Man's more formidable than you think.

Avengers #11 (Dec. 1964) / Via marvel.com

Granted, this is still robo-Spidey. But he's constructed with exactly the same powers as real Spidey — AND HE LITERALLY CATCHES THOR'S ENCHANTED HAMMER MJOLNIR IN A DOUBLE-THICK WEB NET.

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4. If you can pass this membership test, you deserve to fight alongside Thor.

Amazing Spider-Man Annual #3 (Nov. 1966) / Via marvel.com

Wanna assemble with us? Prove your valor by catching the Hulk, NBD.

6. He could really use that sweet Avengers paycheck.

Avengers #236 (Oct. 1983) / Via marvel.com

$1000 a week to put your life on the line against Ultron and Loki? Not bad when your other jobs are newspaper photographer and high school science teacher.

7. He answers the call — even when he's busy.

Avengers Vol. 3 #1 (Feb. 1998) / Via marvel.com

Even a brief Spider-Man cameo never hurt sales of other comics (nor is it likely to hurt box office receipts).

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9. Your Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man can be friendly with anyone.

Amazing Spider-Man #531 (April 2006) / Via marvel.com

In the lead-up to Civil War, Tony Stark's so fond of Peter that he builds him a matching suit of armor. How cute (and not manipulative at all).

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