The massive worries of fans of Tom Holland had been recently put to rest after Sony producer Amy Pascal revealed that Spider-Man: No Way Home won’t be the last solo outing for the webbed slinger. Unlike Iron Man and Captain America, who each got three solo films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe before bowing out, Marvel Studios and Sony Pictures are planning for Spider-Man to star in another trilogy i.e., Spider-Man 4, 5, and 6. And with the announcement of these upcoming films, Tom Holland is well on his way to achieving a major Marvel Cinematic Universe milestone.
As highlighted by Screenrant, after Tom Holland stars in the next Spider-Man trilogy, he will be the only actor to achieve that number of solo films in the franchise. Even in Marvel’s inner circle, this is a big record seeing that even Holland’s major Marvel co-stars Robert Downey Jr. and Chris Evans’s solo journey’s in the Marvel Cinematic Universe ended with three films each. Though Chris Hemsworth will hold the title for some time after he stars in his fourth solo Thor film, Holland is set to eventually succeed him with his upcoming trilogy.
This trilogy will also make Tom Holland the only Spider-Man actor to get a fourth film as neither Tobey Maguire nor Andrew Garfield’s stint as the superhero managed to go that far. In a way, the credit of the trilogy being conceptualized in the first place goes to Tom Holland as he is actually the real-life superhero who saved the character when the Marvel-Sony deal went through a major crisis back in 2019.
Back in 2015, Kevin Feige had struck a deal with Sony to keep Spider-Man as a part of both the Marvel Cinematic Universe and Sony’s Spiderverse, thus allowing Tom Holland’s character to share the screen with other superheroes like Black Widow, Iron Man, Captain America, the Falcon, etc. In 2019, reports emerged that Marvel and Sony were on the outs over the deal but thanks to Holland the matter was soon resolved, as revealed by Disney CEO Bob Iger.
During his appearance on Kimmel Live! (via The Hollywood Reporter), Tom Holland shared how he “saved Spider-Man” by contacting Iger to thank him for “changing my life in the best way.” Moved by his passion and dedication for the character, Iger got on a call with the actor while the latter was with his family at a trivia night and was “three pints in.” It was this slightly drunken chat, where Holland “weeped,” that saved the future of Spider-Man in the MCU as Iger promised to “make this work.” And as we know, soon after Iger and Sony film chairman Tom Rothman managed to smooth out their disagreements and Spider-Man remained a part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
It remains to be seen what dangers Tom Holland’s superhero will face in the next trilogy after Spider-Man: No Way Home, where he will be busy battling dire multiversal chaos as villains from alternate realities enter MCU’s Earth and endanger those close to Peter.