In just one week, Marvel fans will finally be able to see one of the most-hyped movies of the year, if not the decade. Spider-Man: No Way Home (2021) lands in theaters on December 17, with an early release in UK cinemas on December 15.
As Spider-Man star, Tom Holland reaches glittering Hollywood heights, the actor has spoken out recently stating he is suffering a mid-life crisis, and revealed something even more dramatic.
Holland first entered Kevin Feige’s Marvel Cinematic Universe in Captain America: Civil War (2016). Teaming up with future mentor Tony Stark/Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Holland’s Peter Parker came already fully formed, and it is this youthfulness and enthusiasm that captured fans’ hearts, making him one of the most beloved heroes in the Marvel Universe.
Spidey landed his own solo movie shortly after with director Jon Watts’ Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) and later Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019), both as part of the MCU’s Phase Three. Watts’ movies also introduced Zendaya’s MJ and Jacob Batalon’s Ned Leeds to Feige’s MCU as well as villains like Michael Keaton’s Adrian Toomes AKA Vulture, and Quentin Beck/Mysterio played by Jake Gyllenhaal.
Holland’s popularity continued to grow when he was featured in the ensemble Russo Brothers movies, Avengers: Infinity War (2018) and Avengers: Endgame (2019), alongside other Avengers like Iron Man, Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Captain America (Chris Evans), Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman), and Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch).
A staple member of the MCU, Spider-Man, at least as far as we know, will see his last day in No Way Home. Holland has been open about his contract wrapping up after the upcoming Sony Pictures and Marvel Studios collaboration film. The two movie studios formed an agreement to bring Spidey into the MCU, after Andrew Garfield’s The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014) failed to expand Sony’s shared Spider-Man Universe — now called Sony’s Spider-Man Universe.
A rather tentative agreement, the contract broke apart after the debut of Spider-Man: Far From Home, and with Sony and Disney unable to come to a new deal, ties were cut, leaving the end to Holland’s journey completely wide open. Due to public outcry as well as Holland’s own audiences with Sony and Disney executives, the studios merged once more to bring, what would become known as, Spider-Man: No Way Home. While The Impossible actor has said encouraging things in the past about returning to the MCU as and when they needed him, Holland has also remarked upon the knowledge he would pass down to his replacement. Now, the star has revealed he may quit acting altogether.
Speaking to Sky News, the Peter Parker star said:
“I don’t even know if I want to be an actor. I started acting when I was 11 and I haven’t done anything else, so I’d like to go and do other things, I don’t know, genuinely, I’m having like a mid-life crisis at 25. I’m having like a pre-mid-life crisis. I don’t know.”
Holland’s comments might come as a shock to some fans, especially as he is seemingly at the top of his acting career. Fans of the British star don’t have to worry just yet as after Spider-Man: No Way Home, Holland will next appear in Sony’s Uncharted (2022) as Nathan Drake alongside Mark Wahlberg, and in Apple’s The Crowded Room where he will play Billy Mulligan, a character with multiple personality disorder.
More on Spider-Man: No Way Home
After months of speculation, Holland and Zendaya will return in the final installment of the MCU’s Spider-Man trilogy along with Marisa Tomei (May Parker) and Jon Favreau (Happy Hogan). The Marvel film will also bring characters in from Sony’s past catalog including Jamie Foxx’s Electro, Alfred Molina’s Doctor Octopus, Thomas Haden Church’s Sandman, Willem Dafoe’s Green Goblin, and Rhys Ifans as Lizard. As a result of this Multiversal threat, fans have continuously speculated that Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield of previous Spider-Man fame may also turn up to help Holland’s Spidey take on the overwhelming villains. The jury is still out on that one, but all signs point to their debut, even if Garfield has consistently denied involvement.
With plot details remaining sparse, fans do know that Peter Parker will seek out the Sorcerer Supreme in order to reverse his identity being revealed by Sam Raimi’s J. Jonah Jameson (JK Simmons) during the post-credits scene in Far From Home.
While it may seem that fans know an awful lot of what may happen in the threequel, there is still likely to be a lot of surprises dotted through Holland’s final venture. Grab your ticket now!
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