Though Tom Holland has one last run with a Marvel movie in Spider-Man: No Way Home, next month, Marvel Studios isn’t wasting time moving on with Spider-Man without Holland under the mask.
Today Marvel announced their first Spider-Man project post-Tom Holland, replacing the iconic live-action character with an animated version:
The animated series follows Peter Parker on his way to becoming Spider-Man in the MCU, with a journey unlike we’ve ever seen and a style that celebrates the character’s early comic book roots.
It’s no secret that Tom Holland’s Marvel-Sony contract dealing with the film rights of Spider-Man in the Marvel Cinematic Universe is coming to a close with No Way Home, and every Marvel fan isn’t ready to say goodbye to yet another live-action Peter Parker.
In celebration of Disney+ Day, on November 12, 2021, Marvel Studios took to social media to announce a brand new animated series showcasing the beginnings of the MCU’s Peter Parker becoming the superhero Spider-Man is coming to the streaming platform soon:
Marvel Studios’ Spider-Man: Freshman Year, an animated Original Series, coming soon to #DisneyPlus
— Disney+ (@DisneyPlus) November 12, 2021
It’s unclear who will voice the hero from Marvel’s New York, but it won’t be Marvel star Tom Holland. Nonetheless, Spider-Man: Freshman Year is not a reboot of the character but rather a prequel to the Peter Parker fans see in Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017).
Of course, it would make sense to have Holland return to voice the character, but it’s not uncommon for another voice to take over superhero characters in animated series.
Earlier this year, voice actor Hudson Thames took the reigns from Tom Holland in Marvel’s What If…?, the highly acclaimed animated series showcases alternate realities in the Marvel Universe. Though Holland has voiced that he wishes to stay Marvel’s Spider-Man, but Marvel and Sony are showing little signs of extending their contract.
Highlighting Peter Parker’s younger years before becoming the hero of Hell’s Kitchen in the MCU will open many doors for the character, especially in explaining what happened to this Spider-Man’s Uncle Ben.
There’s no official release date for the upcoming Spider-Man: Freshman Year, but executive producer Jeff Trammel will write the series.
More about Spider-Man: No Way Home
In Captain America: Civil War (2016), Tom Holland made a breakthrough as the web-slinging Marvel character going against Captain America (Chris Evans) and more. Five years later, Holland is a leading Hollywood man and household name, most famously known for the upcoming Spider-Man: No Way Home (2021).
Holland’s Spider-Man stole the show again in Avengers: Infinity War (2018) and Endgame (2019). Starring alongside Marvel Characters/Earth’s Mightiest Heroes like Star-Lord/Peter Quill (Chris Pratt), Iron Man (Robert Downey, Jr.), Captain America (Chris Evans), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch), the Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan), Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner), and Captain Marvel (Brie Larson).
Spider-Man broke through and became an international sensation with the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
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.
In No Way Home, Tom Holland (Peter Parker/Spider-Man) and Zendaya (MJ) are joined by Benedict Cumberbatch (Doctor Stephen Strange), Jon Favreau (Happy Hogan), Marisa Tomei (Aunt May), Jacob Batalon (Ned Leeds), and Alfred Molina’s Doctor Octopus in the film. Many speculate that “Spider-Men” Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield are defending Marvel’s New York with Tom Holland’s Peter Parker in No Way Home.
Spider-Man: No Way Home is releasing in theaters worldwide on December 17, 2021.