Tom Holland has already debuted as Spider-Man in Captain America: Civil War, and he has hopes of playing the character for many more years. Next up for the young star is a leading role in Spider-Man: Homecoming as Marvel and Sony look to work together to create the best Spider-Man franchise to date. Holland may be done with his first solo outing, but has continued to bring Peter Parker to life by filming scenes for Avengers: Infinity War. As if these three appearances were not enough, he is also confirmed to appear in the Untitled Avengers movie in 2019, as well as starring in a sequel to Homecoming.
This is undoubtedly a rigorous schedule for the up and comer, but he has been up to the task. This role has changed his life and helped him be proactive in giving back in anyway he can, while also enjoying the ride – which is why it is not surprising that Holland wants to keep this up for a very long time.
In the newest issue of Empire Magazine – which features Holland’s Spider-Man on the cover – Holland was asked about his future with the character. He told Empire that thanks to his age and the character’s progression in the comics, he can see a way for him to continue playing Spider-Man for the next few decades, and he’s already pitched this idea to the studios:
Peter Parker is a character we see [in the comic books] as a 15-year-old boy and then as a 35-year-old man. So I have an idea of what I’d like to do, and I’ve pitched it and it’s already been taken into the boardroom. It would be really cool if it pans out, because it means I would be Spider-Man for a very long time.
Unlike Tobey Maguire or Andrew Garfield, Holland is very close to playing his age in the films – as he is not trying to play a high school kid as someone in their 30s. For the purposes of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Peter is a 15/16 year old sophomore in high school, but Holland is just a few weeks away from being 21. The ability to have him play a slightly younger version will only help prolong his stay, but it also allows Marvel and Sony to let Peter grow and mature along with Holland – if that’s what they want.
Kevin Feige has repeatedly stated that Marvel’s hope is for its Spider-Man films to follow the Harry Potter model and let Peter stay in high school for three films. It remains to be seen if they will be able to fully pull that off, but the sentiment behind this arc shows a commitment to Holland. His future within the MCU of course is dependent on Marvel and Sony continuing to extend their partnership – and for Holland’s potential plans to be met, it would take multiple extensions or Marvel completely buying back the rights to Spider-Man.
As Holland has quickly captured the hearts of audiences, it will be no surprise to see him stick around for a long time. An extended franchise will give the studios a chance to naturally build out this world and introduce new villains, but also the inevitable live-action versions of characters like Miles Morales or Spider-Gwen. All of this can still happen with Holland being involved as a mentor eventually, but that is years away from happening as of right now. Still, it is good news that Holland is so invested in this role and that the studios are taking his hopes into consideration, but we’ll have to wait and see how everything actually plays out.