I think the chances of Tom Holland passing the torch to another Spider-Man actor just shot through the roof. Following news the next Spidey film will be titled Spider-Man: No Way Home, we’re learning it will also mark the end of Holland’s contract with Marvel Studios. the news was revealed by Holland himself in an interview with Collider…
“[“Spider-Man 3″] would be my last one [under contract] so I’ve always said to them if they want me back I’ll be there in a heartbeat,” Holland said. “I’ve loved every minute of being a part of this amazing world. It’s changed my life for the better, I’m so lucky to be here. If they want me back I’ll be there, if they don’t I will walk off into the sunset a very, very happy person because it’s been an amazing journey.”
Well, damn. This opens up some intriguing possibilities. Given the title of the film, and the Multiversal aspects of the story, I’m imagining a scenario where Peter Parker gets lost in an alternate universe, and someone else takes up the Spider-Man mantle. Perhaps Miles Morales, a character fans have been dying to see?
Remember back when Sony and Marvel had their brief spat and the two sides had to broker a new deal to keep Holland within the MCU? At the time a deal was made, with Holland’s help, it seemed Holland was down for two more films, Spider-Man 3 and one more Avengers-level project.
Holland adds that the contract between Marvel and Sony puts to rest any future disputes…
“The way I understand it is that agreement between the two studios has already happened. I don’t think that they’re going to run into the same troubles that they did as we were going into… was it ‘Spider-Man 2’? ‘Far from Home’ had come out and then the whole thing happened between Sony and Marvel. I think the two studios have worked that out, and I don’t think that that will be a problem in the future. That said, I’m just the actor and I was a part of a few phone calls during that process, but I think they love working with each other, I think they found a way in which it can be beneficial for both studios, and I’m just kind of like a kid in the middle of it, between two parents during an argument (laughs).”
So what happens now? Chances are this isn’t the end of Holland as Spider-Man. It could be that he bounces over to Sony and his stories continue there, until the time comes for him to return to the MCU and battle Galactus or whatever. Director Jon Watts will be busy working on a Fantastic Four reboot for Marvel, so if there is a Spider-Man 4 it could have both a new lead actor and director. Stay tuned, web-heads.
Spider-Man: No Way Home opens December 17th.