Since his debut as Peter Parker/Spider-Man in Captain America: Civil War, Tom Holland has become one of the most important characters in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. And certain filmmakers are seeking to expand where and how his character shows up. Now, if a new rumor is to be believed, Jon Watts, the man behind the Holland-led Spider-Man solo films, wants the young actor to appear in his next Marvel project.
According to We Got This Covered, director Jon Watts wants Tom Holland to appear in his upcoming Fantastic Four reboot for the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The report notes that Holland would only cameo, but that is plenty to get Marvel fans even more excited for the hotly anticipated threemake (technically fourmake, counting Roger Corman’s unreleased Fantastic Four film from decades ago). Also, keep in mind that while We Got This Covered claims their sources are solid, this has not been confirmed by the trades or the studio and should be taken as a rumor for now.
So far, Tom Holland has appeared as Peter Parker/ Spider-Man in Captain America: Civil War, Spider-Man: Homecoming, Avengers: Infinity War, Avengers: Endgame, and Spider-Man: Far From Home. Up next, he is returning to the role in December’s Spider-Man: No Way Home, which, according to various rumors, will include surprise villains, studio crossovers, the return of former Peters, and plenty of other fun goodies for tuned-in fans. It is a Marvel Cinematic Universe film, so naturally there will be lots of connective tissue for viewers to identify and salivate over.
As exciting as it is, though, Tom Holland’s potential inclusion in the upcoming Fantastic Four reboot should not surprise anyone who is even remotely familiar with the comics. Spider-Man has a long, storied history with the Fantastic Four, one that stretches back to when both properties were just getting started in the early 1960s. Spidey’s friendship with Johnny Storm/the Human Torch becomes a focus of many comic storylines, and if Watts wants Holland’s presence to serve as a wink to audiences, he will want to connect the two pretty quickly in the film.
In fact, Spider-Man’s absence was one of the many issues with Tim Story’s pair of Fantastic Four films from the mid-2000s. Half-kidding. That’s obviously just fanboy dreaming. But maybe Kevin Feige and his Marvel Cinematic Universe creative team will recognize how important Spidey could be to Marvel’s First Family’s overarching story making Tom Holland even more of a crucial addition.
As for what is next for Spider-Man, Tom Holland reportedly is not the only version of the fan-favorite character set to return. For months now, rumors have swirled that former Spider-Men Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield have signed on to appear in Spider-Man: No Way Home in some capacity. It is not clear if they will only show up in cameo roles or if Jon Watts has bigger plans for them. But those multiverse rumors definitely make the return of previous iterations incredibly likely. Fingers crossed.
You can catch Tom Holland’s return as Peter Parker/Spider-Man in Spider-Man: No Way Home, which is also directed by Jon Watts and is currently scheduled for theatrical release on December 17, 2021.