Tom Holland ‘Spider-Man’ Replacing Robert Downey, Jr.’s Marvel Role

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Tom Holland is the people’s champion of the Marvel community, especially with Spider-Man: No Way Home nearing its theatrical debut. In the wake of a revolutionary trailer drop, Marvel intends to replace Robert Downey, Jr.’s Iron Man with Holland’s Spider-Man for the long run (… or Endgame?).

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Now with the Multiverse (thanks to Loki), fans are looking to Tom Holland’s Peter Parker/Spider-Man as the face of Marvel. Avengers: Infinity War (2018) co-director Joe Russo told GQ that Holland is the “soul of the Marvel universe”:

“Tom is stepping into the role that Robert Downey once occupied for Marvel, which is the favorite character, and in a lot of ways the soul of the Marvel universe.”

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Avengers: Endgame (2019) was the culmination of a 10-year build-up throughout the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Significantly expanding the Marvel collection, the historic Marvel movie saw the end of Iron Man (Robert Downey, Jr.), a role that no one can fill.

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Joe Russo co-directed Tom Holland in Captain America: Civil War (2016), Avengers: Infinity War, and Avengers: Endgame, with Holland revolutionizing the MCU with Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) and Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019).

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Russo sees Tom Holland as the new light of Marvel, becoming the fan-favorite Avenger/superhero of the Marvel Universe — a role taken up by Robert Downey, Jr.’s Tony Stark/Iron Man.

When you think of Marvel, “RDJ” instantly comes to mind. Like Mickey Mouse and The Walt Disney Company, Downey, Jr.’s Iron Man is the face of Marvel as a whole.

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At the time of writing, Spider-Man: NoWay Home is Tom Holland’s last run with Marvel Studios/Sony Pictures. Stealing the show in six Marvel movies, Holland has become a household name:

“It’s very strange. The last six years of my life, I always had a job to go to. It’s kind of terrifying, but it’s also really exciting.”

Robert Downey, Jr. as iron man (left) and tom holland as spider-man (right)
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Of course, Tom Holland is not replacing Iron Man but rather the new ringleader of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, the leader of Marvel’s iconic characters.

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Shaking up the Marvel Collection in No Way Home is Alfred Molina’s Doctor Octopus, Willem Dafoe’s Green Goblin, Lizard (Rhys Ifans), Electro (Jaime Foxx), and Sandman (Thomas Haden Church). Nonetheless, fans know that Marvel is holding out on two key players: Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield’s Spider-Man.

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The Marvel Universe is becoming much more than 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/Carol Danvers (Brie Larson).

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Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield are set to appear in No Way Home. Seeing the two characters join the Marvel Cinematic Universe on the big screen will have a more significant impact on the Marvel Universe than Captain America: Civil War (2016), Avengers: Infinity War (2018), and Avengers: Endgame (2019).

Tom Holland is leading the way for Marvel Cinematic Universe newcomers Ms. Marvel/Kamala Khan (Iman Vellani), Moon Knight (Oscar Isaac), Agatha Harkness (Kathryn Hahn), She-Hulk (Tatiana Maslany), Eternals’ Thena (Angelina Jolie), and more.

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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 the villain with great power Alfred Molina’s Doctor Octopus.

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Every Marvel fan can watch Marvel’s New York explode with the Multiverse and witness great power from three Spider-Men on the big screen on December 17, 2021!

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