Marvel Cinematic Universe fan-favorite Tom Holland has been busy making the press rounds for his upcoming MCU Spider-Man trilogy conclusion, Spider-Man: No Way Home, which is due to hit theaters on December 17, 2021.
Holland recently shared that this will be his darkest Spider-Man film, telling fans it is “not fun”:
“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.”
Now, the actor has shared additional details about his experience with the “bad” side of Peter Parker — who has been publicly outed as the friendly neighborhood super hero for the first time in Marvel history:
“We see so many more sides of Peter. All the characters, you know? We get to emotionally put them under a certain situation we’ve never cinematically seen. So you see them deal with different kinds of pressure, different kinds of scrutiny…”
Since No Way Home takes place after Avengers: Endgame (2019) — in which Holland quickly grew up after watching his mentor Tony Stark/Iron Man (Robert Downey, Jr.) sacrifice himself to help save the universe from Thanos (Josh Brolin) — Marvel fans can expect a much different version of the young hero than the naive, happy-go-lucky young man they’ve previously seen in the MCU.
“Yeah, and also Peter Parker’s ability to be bad… there’s something that happens in this film which I think fans will be very shocked by, which is really exciting and, for me, was something I loved bringing to the screen.”
As one recent article about the newest Marvel movie noted, the “end of Far From Home was rough, but dealing with the cascading consequences that this next adventure has in store for him will undoubtedly be worse.
At this time, it is unknown how many more standalone Spider-Man films there will be in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Although another trilogy has been teased, Sony Pictures has confirmed that nothing is in active development at this time.
More on Spider-Man: No Way Home
Joining Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) and Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019), 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.
Are you excited to watch dark Peter Parker in No Way Home?