The MCU's Spider-Man actor, Tom Holland, describes his scrapped cameo scene in Sony's Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. Holland is the third actor to play Peter Parker aka. Spider-Man in live-action, following Tobey Maguire, who starred in Sam Raimi's Spider-Man trilogy in the 2000s, and Andrew Garfield in Sony's Amazing Spider-Man duology. Though Holland's second solo movie hasn't hit theaters quite yet, since Spider-Man: Far From Home releases next week, he's the most prolific live-action Spidey, having appeared in four movies so far.
In 2015, Sony Pictures and Marvel Studios struck a deal that allowed for Spider-Man to join the Marvel Cinematic Universe in 2016's Captain America: Civil War - largely due to The Amazing Spider-Man 2 performing well below expectations. But Sony retains the film rights to Spidey and his related Marvel Comics characters, allowing the studio to create other movies about the wall-crawler. One such movie is 2018's Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, an animated film that follows fellow web-slinger Miles Morales (Shameik Moore) who meets Spider-People from around the multiverse. It was previously revealed that Spider-Verse almost included Holland, Garfield and Maguire as Easter eggs, and now the MCU's actor has offered new details about the cut scene.
In an interview with JOE to promote the upcoming release of Spider-Man: Far From Home, Holland and his co-stars Jacob Batalon, who plays Ned Leeds, and Zendaya, who plays Michelle "MJ" Jones, were asked about Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. Batalon said he reached out to Sony producer Amy Pascal about a potential role in the animated film, then Holland went into detail about his cut cameo.
At one point, I was supposed to be in it. Yeah, there was going to be another Peter Parker. It was like a scene in a train station or something and it was going to be like an Easter egg. I was going to walk through the background, and say like, “Hey kid,” or something. [It] never happened; I’m heartbroken.
When co-director Rodney Rothman revealed they'd written a scene in which Holland, Garfield and Maguire would cameo, he explained it had been cut because some at Sony were worried about confusing moviegoers. Certainly, having Holland appear as another Spider-Man just walking around in Miles' universe wouldn't make sense since the dimension already had a Peter Parker (Chris Pine) who died. So if Holland was a Spider-Man from another dimension, why wasn't he teaming up with the others to figure out how to go home? And, of course, the biggest question would be whether it confirms Spider-Verse and the MCU exist in the same multiverse.
If Sony and Marvel Studios ever want to combine their universes somehow, the multiverse is the perfect explanation. And they could even confirm Raimi's Spider-Man trilogy and Garfield's movies as other universes within the multiverse. But they'd need to do so in a way that makes sense - having the three Spider-Man characters played by Holland, Garfield and Maguire randomly in the background of a scene doesn't make much sense. Fans no doubt would have loved a Holland cameo in Spider-Verse, but it's best if it doesn't break continuity. Perhaps Sony, Marvel and Holland can work something out for the Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse sequel instead.
- Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) release date: Jul 02, 2019