Tom Holland has only made one very brief appearance as Spider-Man so far, when he stole the scene he appeared in during Captain America: Civil War. This summer, he gets to really bring Peter Parker to life, when Spider-Man: Homecoming is released, with Holland starring opposite Robert Downey Jr. who reprises his Marvel role of Iron Man. From there, Holland will reprise Spider-Man for Avengers: Infinity War, Avengers 4, and the Spider-Man: Homecoming sequel.
Holland has always shown real passion and dedication for the MCU and his role, and he’s reiterated that in a recent interview with Empire (via Digital Spy). Discussing the forthcoming Homecoming movie, Holland pointed out that the film opens with Peter Parker as a 15 year old high school student. Within the comic books, we see Peter both as a schoolboy and as an adult, and right now, Holland is the right age to keep playing the character right the way through:
“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.”
Comic book movies are known to generate a huge and dedicated fanbase, and Holland is certainly among that group. His desire to continue in the role for so long is admirable, and the fact that Marvel are taking his request seriously is also a positive sign. Could we end up with Spider-Man spanning a multi-movie arc, like Downey has with Iron Man? Given the huge popularity of the character, that’s certainly feasible.
Marvel boss Kevin Fiege has also given the idea consideration, citing Harry Potter as an example of one actor playing the smae character over a large period of time. There’s only one problem with this; after the Homecoming sequel, it is rumored that the rights to the Spider-Man character will return to Sony.
Spider-Man: Homecoming arrives theaters on July 2nd.
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