Tom Holland’s debut in Captain America: Civil War was just the beginning of his time as Spider-Man, as he confirmed plans for him to star in his own trilogy. Ever since he landed the coveted role, it has continued to become clear that Spidey will have a major role to play in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. This will truly be kicked off with Spider-Man: Homecoming hitting theaters next month, and mark the completion of two appearances for Holland from his six picture deal. Two other appearances have also been confirmed with him set for Avengers: Infinity War and Untitled Avengers.
Even before Homecoming hits theaters, Sony and Marvel have dated the sequel for 2019. But, his future after that became uncertain when producer Amy Pascal made it sound as though the sequel would mark Spidey’s exit from the MCU. It sounds like that is indeed not the case with Holland confirming plans for a trilogy.
Holland spoke to AlloCine on Facebook about all things Homecoming related, but the outlet also asked him about his future with the character. During one response regarding Peter Parker’s larger arc outside of Homecoming, he confirmed two additional films are planned. When questioned by the reporter if that was breaking news, Holland simply said “Sorry Marvel, whoops” and proceeded to act as though he was taken down by Marvel’s snipers. Here is his full quote:
There is still a lot of room for Peter Parker and Spider-Man especially to grow in the next two movies. He’s definitely not the finished article by the end of Spider-Man: Homecoming and I really look forward to exploring the different ways he can grow up and go through puberty I guess. It’s going to be an exciting couple of movies… Yeah, there’ll be Spider-Man 2 and 3, it won’t be Homecoming 2 and 3.
Planning out franchises far in advance may not always be the best case, but with Spider-Man entering the ever-popular MCU, it makes sense for both Sony and Marvel to bet big on the web-slinger. With the first sequel coming out just two years after the start of the franchise, this could bring a third film into theaters as soon as 2021 if the same timeline is used. If not and the studios want to give their young star a bit of a break after filming five appearances in about three years, it could come a few years later. But, if they are going to follow the Harry Potter formula and keep him in high school for the first trilogy, the sooner they can complete it the better.
This does not mean that the third standalone will be Holland’s last appearance either. He has previously stated his desire to play Spider-Man for several decades and both studios appear to be ready to have this relationship continue for a long time. If he does continue on past the movie we’ll tentatively call Homecoming 3, he would have to re-up on his contract – which will surely see him get a big raise if Holland’s star power continues to climb in the years to come. While the studios worry about how to keep this moving forward, fans can rest assured that they’ll see much more of Holland in the years to come.
Spider-Man: Homecoming sequels are currently in development.