Spider-Man: No Way Home star Tom Holland says the third Marvel Studios/Sony Pictures Spidey film is more than just the end of his trilogy.
“We were all treating [No Way Home] as the end of a franchise, let’s say,” Holland told EW. “I think if we were lucky enough to dive into these characters again, you’d be seeing a very different version. It would no longer be the Homecoming trilogy. We would give it some time and try to build something different and tonally change the films. Whether that happens or not, I don’t know. But we were definitely treating [No Way Home] like it was coming to an end, and it felt like it.”
Holland debuted as Spider-Man in 2016’s Captain America: Civil War after a deal was struck between Marvel and Sony to allow Peter Parker to appear in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The following year, he got his first solo film, Spider-Man: Homecoming, but prior to its release, the notoriously loose-lipped Holland let it slip that a trilogy was planned.
“There is still a lot of room for Peter Parker and Spider-Man, especially, to grow over these next two movies, you know?” he said in June 2017. “He’s definitely not the finished article by the end of Spider-Man: Homecoming, and, uh, I really look forward to exploring the different ways he can grow up and go through puberty, I guess, and, um, yeah, it’s gonna be an exciting couple of movies.”
Shortly after the release of Spider-Man: Far From Home, however, Marvel and Sony hit an impasse over the Spider-Man movie rights, and for several months, the future of the Web-Slinger was in flux. This was resolved in September 2019, in large part because of Holland acting as a mediator between then-Disney CEO Bob Iger and Sony Pictures Chairman Tom Rothman.
“I am thrilled that Spidey’s journey in the MCU will continue, and I and all of us at Marvel Studios are very excited that we get to keep working on it,” Marvel Studios President/Marvel Chief Creative Officer Kevin Feige said after the new deal was struck. “Spider-Man is a powerful icon and hero whose story crosses all ages and audiences around the globe. He also happens to be the only hero with the superpower to cross cinematic universes, so as Sony continues to develop their own Spidey-verse you never know what surprises the future might hold.”
Spider-Man: No Way Home swings into theaters Dec. 17.