[THIS ARTICLE CONTAINS SPOILERS FOR SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING]
At the end of Spider-Man: Homecoming, we saw Tony Stark invite Peter Parker to the Avengers, only to have him be refused. It was revealed afterwards that Stark had prepared a room full of guests to introduce Peter as Spider-Man; as it turns out, the movie was at one point, going to have Peter enter that room and reveal his identity to the world.
In an interview with Yahoo Movies, screenwriter Jonathan Goldstein explains:
"That scene with the press behind the door, that started off as a more clear opportunity for Peter to say to the world, 'I Peter Parker, am Spider-Man,'… And he decides not to do it and walks away. It's still that, but it had been set up that if he could just tell the world who he is, he would get all his problems solved and be loved by everyone."
Co-writer John Daley adds:
"What he realizes is that there is a virtue in being a secret identity and how he kind of has the advantage in many ways over his other superhero buddies."
When you think about it, though secret identities are a common trope in the superhero genre, the MCU doesn't really make much use of it; the first movie even having Tony Stark reveal himself as Iron Man. Everyone else basically knows that Natasha Romanoff is the Black Widow and Steve Rogers is Captain America.
Spider-Man keeping his identity a secret has been common in all onscreen iterations of the character, but Homecoming actually has a lot of people know that Peter is Spider-Man by the end of the movie—including Aunt May.
I'm very interested to see where the movie goes, and I'm just waiting for the sequel to come out. At this point, I'm more excited for the Homecoming sequel compared to Infinity War, but maybe all I need is a trailer to get me hyped up.
Spider-Man: Homecoming is still out in theaters.