Spider-Man 4 is in the works, according to the Hollywood Trades, and writers are currently developing the film with Tom Holland in mind to move the story forward. In an ideal world, Tom Holland will suit up once more to portray the socially awkward web-slinger, but the actor has his doubts about signing on just for the sake of knocking out another Spider-Man movie.
Holland’s main concern is tarnishing the legacy that the first three Spider-Man movies established, but he has stated that if the story can successfully build off its predecessors, then he’d be interested.
“I won’t make another one for the sake of making another one. It will have to be worth the while of the character.”Tom Holland on Spider-Man 4
Tom Holland says that he’s very protective of the superhero he portrayed in the first three Spider-Man films but doesn’t want to wear out his welcome with Spider-Man 4. In a recent appearance he said, “I won’t make another one for the sake of making another one. It will have to be worth the while of the character.”
For those of you who are out of the loop, the first three Spider-Man films accomplished something that is absolutely unheard of these days: each sequel outdid the last at the box office, and the trilogy ended on a high note.
For context, Tom Holland’s Spider-Man movies were extremely high-earning movies, and marked a high point in the Marvel movie universe. Spider-Man: Homecoming, the first feature-length Spider-Man film, earned over $880,000. Its follow-up, Spider-Man: Far From Home, earned over $1.1 billion dollars. And No Way Home nearly doubled that, earning nearly $2 billion at the worldwide box office.
Not only was No Way Home the highest-grossing Spider-Man film, it’s the third highest-grossing Marvel film of all time. In other words, Spider-Man 4 faces the daunting task of topping No Way Home on both the critical and commercial front, and Tom Holland isn’t so sure that this can be accomplished.
“I feel very protective over Spider-Man.”Tom Holland
Based on what we currently know, producing a Spider-Man 4 seems like a no-brainer for Marvel Studios when you consider how successful the Spider-Man films have been overall. And it goes without saying that Marvel needs a win after putting out The Marvels and Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, both of which were massive disappointments at the worldwide box office. Though it remains to be seen whether Tom Holland will reprise the role of Spider-Man, he’s at least talking with the studio and weighing out his options before making any commitments.
It’s also worth noting that Tom Holland was just 19 years old when Homecoming came out, which was in line with Peter Parker’s age in the films. No Way Home saw Peter Parker attending college, putting him in his early twenties. But Spider-Man 4 won’t be made overnight, meaning that Holland’s age has the potential to mess with the continuity, as he’s not getting any younger.
If Spider-Man 4 is placed on a later timeline, the storytelling would make sense. But if a fourth installment picks up where No Way Home left off, then we’ll have somebody well into their thirties portraying a college freshman or sophomore in Spider-Man 4. And given how popular Tom Holland has become, he may end up wanting to move on to other projects instead of waiting for the film to get past the development phases.
As it currently stands, Tom Holland is in talks with the studio about starring in Spider-Man 4, but nothing is set in stone. The most important thing to Holland is doing justice to the character that propelled his acting career into the stratosphere and made him a household name. If the storytelling doesn’t bring Spider-Man’s saga to a logical conclusion with a satisfying story arc, then it’s not outside the realm of possibility that somebody else will be cast for the role.