Tom Holland’s performance as Spider-Man in Captain America: Civil War dazzled fans and critics alike. Guided by director Jon Watts, Spider-Man: Homecoming – which also stars Michael Keaton’s Vulture and Zendaya as a love interest rumored to be Mary Jane Watson – recently wrapped, after filming around the streets of Atlanta and New York for several months. Now that Spidey is, for the most part, incorporated into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, fans are excited to watch Holland reprise his role in upcoming films, including the sweeping event film, Avengers: Infinity Wars.
However, despite scores of characters hinted-at for Infinity War, everyone’s favorite neighborhood Spider-Man hasn't actually been confirmed to swing into action against Thanos yet - at least, according to Holland.
During the premiere of the young British actor's latest film, The Lost City of Z, Holland chatted with Variety about jungle filming and irradiated spiders. He also explored the literal and symbolic aspects of wearing the Spider-suit. While he complained about the suit itself being physically “uncomfortable” at times, he did recognize that countless actors and actresses who would love a shot at the wall-crawler, saying “I’m the luckiest kid alive.” He also explored Spidey’s future in the MCU, saying his role in Avengers: Infinity War is still uncertain:
"It’s all up in the air. I believe some sort of deal is in the mix, but I’m unclear as to what that deal is.”
While the news is somewhat disconcerting for fans who assumed Spider-Man was a lock for the epic film, Holland’s lack of confirmation isn’t entirely surprising. The Marvel-Sony deal, which introduced the classic hero in Civil War and set up his solo shot, may be a tentative agreement, hinged upon the success of Spider-Man: Homecoming. If all goes well with his standalone (i.e. Disney and Sony both raking in the cash), Peter Parker's role in further MCU outings is almost guaranteed.
At the same time, Holland may simply be unaware (or playing coy) about his part in the picture because Marvel is, as always, holding their cards close to their chest. Studio head Kevin Feige – or at least Disney legal –has already spent a considerable amount of time and effort to broker a shared-use agreement between the Sony and Disney. It seems improbable that the well-plotted MCU wouldn’t have set things up for Spider-Man, as one of the company’s most popular and prevalent characters, to fight for the galaxy in the biggest Avengers film to date.
In the long run, Spidey’s part in Infinity Wars, barring a major falling out between the studios, is nearly a given. It’s more likely that Holland is sworn to secrecy about his role in the event film or the House of Ideas simply hasn’t extended his contract yet. Fans should find out more about which of their favorite characters will partake in Infinity Wars in the coming months – especially since production is slated to begin in November.
Doctor Strange opens November 4, 2016; Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 – May 5, 2017; Spider-Man: Homecoming– July 7, 2017; Thor: Ragnarok – November 3, 2017; Black Panther – February 16, 2018; Avengers: Infinity War – May 4, 2018; Ant-Man and the Wasp – July 6, 2018; Captain Marvel– March 8, 2019; Untitled Avengers – May 3, 2019; and as-yet untitled Marvel movies on July 12, 2019, and on May 1, July 10, and November 6 in 2020.