Tom Holland confirms he will play Spider-Man again in the movies amidst the Disney/Sony fallout. In just a few years, Holland has become one of the most popular actors working in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. He's made five appearances in four years on the big screen, including two this year with Avengers: Endgame and Spider-Man: Far From Home. The latter set up an entirely new future for the web-slinger in the MCU, but all of that has been thrown for a loop recently with reports that Marvel Studios and Sony would no longer work together on Spider-Man films.
One of the looming questions over this possibility is what would become of Holland's Spider-Man if Disney and Sony don't agree to new terms. He is firmly entrenched in the MCU, with his villains, his mentor, and even his suit having ties to the shared universe. Whether it was in the MCU or not, it was reported that Sony is planning to make two more movies starring Holland. Later reports then said his contract only has an option for one more film, and many wondered if Holland could walk away from the role sooner than later.
In his first public comments since the deal was reported, Holland spoke to EW about what the end of the partnership between Disney and Sony means for his status as Spider-Man. Despite the chaos that has publicly happened and his love of being part of the MCU, Holland has confirmed that he will continue to play Spider-Man regardless if that means being in the MCU or not.
Basically, we’ve made five great movies. It’s been five amazing years. I’ve had the time of my life. Who knows what the future holds? But all I know is that I’m going to continue playing Spider-Man and having the time of my life. It’s going to be so fun, however we choose to do it. The future for Spider-Man will be different, but it will be equally as awesome and amazing, and we’ll find new ways to make it even cooler.
Spider-Man is a dream role for Holland and has catapulted him through the ranks of Hollywood. While all of this success has come with Marvel Studios' involvement, he is prepared to be a part of what happens next if they are no longer involved. Just like many close to the situation, he still leaves hope of sticking in the MCU by casually saying, "Who knows what the future holds?" Even if that doesn't happen, Holland teases that they'll find a way to keep evolving Spider-Man and maybe even make him cooler.
This response from Holland comes not too long after he appeared at D23 2019 as part of the Disney family to promote his role in Pixar's Onward. But, he ended the film's section of the panel with a quick statement to the crowd, which ended with him saying "I love you 3000." That line is now famous from Peter Parker's mentor Iron Man in Avengers: Endgame, but it's noticeably also the final phrase Tony Stark says in the movie - and quite possibly in the MCU as a whole. If that was Tony's signoff from the MCU, Holland's confirmation that he'll keep playing Spider-Man outside of the MCU could reframe that quote to be Holland's goodbye too.
Hopefully this isn't the case and Disney and Sony can agree on how to continue sharing Spider-Man - especially since they aren't too far off on agreeable terms it appears. Considering that Spider-Man: Far From Home's writers will be returning for Spider-Man's third installment, which is currently in the works with Sony, it's good to know that Holland will also be returning to the leading role.
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