In just a few more months, audiences will get to spend a considerable amount of time with Tom Holland’s take on Peter Parker. After stylishly swinging into the MCU last year during Captain America: Civil War, the friendly neighborhood hero will make his proper debut in Spider-Man: Homecoming. With the movie fast-approaching, we were treated to our second trailer earlier this week, teasing a whole slew of new additions to Marvel’s universe.
There will be new villains like Vulture and Shocker, a somewhat different take on Tony Stark, and Damage Control will finally be joining the MCU. Meanwhile, rumors have swirled about the future of Spidey following announcements that Sony will be creating their own separate Spider-Verse. Holland has said he’s not involved in any of the announced spinoffs, so for now we’ll assume they won’t impede on Marvel’s plans to roll out a trilogy of films starring him as the Web Slinger. As for where we’ll find Peter in each one of the upcoming stories, many fans are hoping the character’s return to high school will see him stay a teen hero for the foreseeable future.
In an interview with MTV, Holland lays out his ideal formula for the trilogy:
“I think the Harry Potter movies are a perfect example, they worked so well. I’m such a huge fan, as are billions of people, so why not follow that perfect formula? And I think we can do something really exciting with that.”
While this likely doesn’t mean we’ll see eight Spider-Man movies, it does indicate that as far as Holland is aware, the plan will be to have each movie focus on the next year of Peter’s education. In doing so, the franchise will be able to keep Spidey young and further accentuate just how different he is from the other Avengers. It will also keep the idea alive of Spidey having to juggle being a superhero and a regular person, something that’s not only a core part of his comic history, but a side of a character we’ve never seen in a Marvel movie.
All in all, it just reinforces what Holland has said about Spidey being a relatable superhero. Part of that comes from his hectic life, and the other part deals with things like watching him have to struggle in his homemade suit. Spider-Man’s arcs in the comics are full of hubris, and nothing is more humbling than having to ditch your homework to go off and fight crime in your souped-up pajamas. With Spider-Man: Homecoming coming this summer, hopefully we’ll know more about the future of the franchise soon.