The popularity of Spider-Man does not seem to be diminishing. Audiences are in the midst of Marvel madness so uproarious, that some fans are even fistfighting each other to get their hands on tickets for Spider-Man: No Way Home. This attitude is extreme to say the least. But it appears to be paying off for the third Spider-Man film featuring Tom Holland. Ticket sales for No Way Home have just broken a record. Presale tickets for the UK’s December 15th sale have started and outdid the new James Bond film, No Time to Die, five times over (SkyNews).
Spider-Man and James Bond have a few things in common. Both are part of a successful franchise. And both properties have actors that have been in the role for some time. No Time To Die will be Daniel Craig’s last Bond film (The Hollywood Reporter). Holland has not officially left his post as the friendly neighborhood Spider-Man, but fans couldn’t help but glom onto a recent statement the actor made. “Maybe it is time for me to move on. Maybe what’s best for Spider-Man is that they do a Miles Morales film. I have to take Peter Parker into account as well, because he is an important part of my life,” Holland said in an interview with GQ. This statement is far from conclusive, but it does put a few things into perspective.
Spider-Man can’t help rise in popularity. Marvel has been on the extended universe track for over a decade so it is difficult to pinpoint exactly where this fanaticism is coming from. The only thing fans know for sure is how they feel about the characters. Spider-Man: No Way Home is anticipated mainly due to rumors about previous Spider-Men making appearances. Already classic villains from comics and previous movies are confirmed to appear (Nerdist).
Doc Ock (Alfred Molina) seems to be a primary villain, according to the Spider-Man: No Way Home trailer. Green Goblin’s (Willem Dafoe) iconic laugh can be heard echoing throughout the promotional material. And despite constant denials from everyone involved, fans can’t help but believe that Toby Maguire and Andrew Garfield will also be coming into Peter Parker’s universe. GQ reporter Oliver Franklin-Wallis also touched on this in the Tom Holland interview. “‘No one believes me, but they’re not in the film,’ Holland says. (If this is a lie, and it well might be, then don’t hate him. That’s work too.)” Holland is so notorious for giving away key aspects of Marvel films, that he was given a chaperone on occasion (CinemaBlend).
Even if Tom Holland is truly considering a departure from Spider-Man, there will always be more content to satisfy Spidey fans. Just as audiences were gearing up excitement to see Spider-Man: No Way Home, another bomb dropped. Tom Holland may have been more right than he was letting on as Miles Morales will be returning to screens faster than anticipated. The alternate universe Spider-Man will return in the sequel to Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. The sequel to the animated film is set to come out in 2022 (Entertainment Weekly). Entitled Across The Spider-Verse (Part One), the new film will push Miles (Shameik Moore) out of his comfort zone and into other dimensions. The brief trailer shows Gwen Stacy (Hailee Steinfeld) beckoning Miles to help her in her endeavor.
Whether Holland is conscious of it or not, this goes to show that the purest Avenger will always be appreciated. There is no shortage of love for Peter Parker and many consider Holland to be the definitive version of the comic book character (Vox). However long audiences have Holland, they will be sure to watch Spider-Man: No Way Home when it premieres in the US on December 17th.