Tom Holland Warns Fans That “Dark” ‘No Way Home’ Is “Not Fun”

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Marvel Cinematic Universe fans have come to know Kevin Feige’s version of Peter Parker/Spider-Man (Tom Holland) as a carefree high schooler who has a slightly nerdy streak and is absolutely in awe of his mentor, Tony Stark/Iron Man (Robert Downey, Jr.).

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The friendly neighborhood super hero grew up quickly at the end of the Infinity Saga, though, after watching Stark sacrifice himself to save the Marvel Universe from Thanos (Josh Brolin) in Avengers: Endgame (2019).

Now, Holland returns for this third solo outing — a follow-up to Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) and Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) — and the actor has spoken out about how Marvel fans should expect a very different Spidey than they’ve seen in the Avengers franchise so far.

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In a recent interview, Holland shared that Spider-Man: No Way Home will be a much darker affair than his prior outings:

“What people will be really surprised about is that it’s not fun, this film. It’s dark and it’s sad, and it’s going to be really affecting. You’re going to see characters that you love go through things that you would never wish for them to go through. And I was just really excited to kind of lean into that side of Peter Parker.”

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Now that the Marvel Multiverse has been blown wide open — thanks to Loki (Tom Hiddleston) and Time Variance Authority Agent Mobius (Owen Wilson) in Loki — rumors abound that Holland will be joined by former “Spider-Men” Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield in No Way Home, though both Holland and Garfield have vehemently denied the rumors.

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There are also numerous reports that Charlie Cox’s Matt Murdock/Daredevil will make his MCU debut in the upcoming movie. Disney finally obtained the rights to Netflix’s Daredevil characters in 2020, leading fans to believe it’s only a matter of time until we see the Hell’s Kitchen attorney in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

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For now, though, several fan-favorite characters have been confirmed to reprise their roles in MCU.

Holland will be joined by  Zendaya (MJ), 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.

More on Spider-Man: No Way Home

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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.

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The next Marvel movie is due to hit theaters on December 17, 2021.

Are you looking forward to the darker nature of the conclusion of the MCU’s Spider-Man trilogy?

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