Tom Holland, who has become a household name among Marvel fans as Peter Parker/Spider-Man in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, has been through the wringer from a licensing standpoint during his super hero tenure.
In the summer of 2019, for example, Sony and Marvel — who share distribution and production rights for the immensely popular MCU ‘Spider-Man’ films — split following the theatrical releases of both Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) and Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019).
Fans were devastated and worried they would never see the conclusion of Peter Parker’s MCU story. Now, Holland has spoken out about the split, confirming that he had no intention of letting his version of Spider-Man fade away, no matter what he had to do to keep him alive.
In a recent interview, Holland shared details about how he immediately visited Spider-Man producer Amy Pascal at home following the split announcement:
“On the day that the announcement happened that I would no longer be in the MCU… I just drove over to Amy Pascal’s house and sat with her by her pool, and we sat there for hours, just chatting, and pitching movies. How would we do a film without Marvel? Does Peter Parker fall through a portal, and then he’s in the Venom world? Or do we do a Kraven the Hunter film?”
He continued, noting that he was floored by the situation:
“It was a nice distraction… because as a young kid I was so in love with Marvel, and I was so lucky to be a part of it that when they took the rug from under my feet, I was not ready to say goodbye yet…”
Clearly the actor wasn’t going to leave the Marvel role behind without a fight and, fortunately for both Holland and Marvel fans everywhere, we are now just weeks away from the release of the conclusion of the MCU’s Spider-Man trilogy — Spider-Man: No Way Home — on December 17, 2021.
It has been confirmed by director Jon Watts, however, that this concludes Holland’s Marvel Cinematic Universe contract and that No Way Home will serve as an “endgame” for the trilogy. — so hopefully we won’t see Holland’s character suffer the same fate as his mentor Tony Stark/Iron Man (Robert Downey, Jr.) in Avengers: Endgame (2019).
More on Spider-Man: No Way Home
The official description of Spider-Man: No Way Home reads:
For the first time in the cinematic history of Spider-Man, our friendly neighborhood hero is unmasked and no longer able to separate his normal life from the high-stakes of being a Super Hero. When he asks for help from Doctor Strange the stakes become even more dangerous, forcing him to discover what it truly means to be Spider-Man.
Holland and Zendaya are joined by Benedict Cumberbatch (Doctor Stephen Strange), Jon Favreau (Happy Hogan), Marisa Tomei (Aunt May), Jacob Batalon (Ned Leeds), and Alfred Molina (Doctor Octopus) in the film.
What do you think about Holland’s comments?