Tom Holland Talks About Quitting Spider-Man

Tom Holland would be happy if Spider-Man 4 never happens.

By Charlene Badasie | Published

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Tom Holland recently revealed that he is tempted to walk away from Spider-Man 4. “I’m a little apprehensive about it,” he told The Hollywood Reporter. “There’s a bit of a stigma about the fourth one in all franchises. I feel like we hit a home run with our first franchise, and there’s a part of me that wants to walk away with my head held high and pass the baton to the next lucky kid that gets to bring this character to life.”

The actor added that there have already been several development meetings about Spider-Man 4 where he contributed a bunch of notes and ideas. Tom Holland described the talks as a collaborative process. “It was myself, Amy, [Marvel Studios President] Kevin Feige, [executive producer] Rachel [O’Connor], and sometimes other executives from Marvel,” he explained.

“The first few meetings were about, ‘Why would we do this again?’ And I think we found the reason why. I’m happy with where we’re at in terms of the creative,” he continued. Tom Holland’s comments echo his sentiments from previous interviews where the actor said he would be happy swinging off into the sunset if Spider-Man 4 never happened.

Additionally, Tom Holland recently emphasized that work on the script for Spider-Man 4 has been paused due to the ongoing Writers Guild of America strike. He hinted that despite previous progress, principal photography for the project wasn’t going to begin any time soon. However, producer Amy Pascal is more optimistic about the development timeline, assuring fans that the movie is happening.

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Despite the absence of a completed screenplay for Spider-Man 4, the studio has already decided on the direction of Peter Parker’s story. In February, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige confirmed that the overall narrative for the film had been firmly established. “All I will say is that we have the story. We have big ideas for that,” he said without giving too much away.

Tom Holland’s tenure as Spider-Man began in 2016 when he made his first appearance as the iconic superhero in Captain America: Civil War. His portrayal of Peter Parker, a young and inexperienced Spider-Man, quickly won over audiences. The actor reprised his role as Spider-Man in three standalone films while continuing his journey in other MCU films.

His last appearance as the famous web-slinger was in 2021’s Spider-Man: No Way Home. The film was directed by Jon Watts from a script by Chris McKenna and Erik Sommers. The story follows Peter Parker (Tom Holland), whose identity has been revealed to the public. He turns to Doctor Strange for help, but Peter is forced to battle five deadly new enemies when a spell goes haywire.

The movie featured several characters from previous Spider-Man movies, including Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield, who played Spider-Man in previous film franchises. The ending of Spider-Man: No Way Home redefines Peter Parker’s character and has been praised for its creative unpredictability. The film received positive reviews from critics and grossed over $1.9 billion worldwide.

Meanwhile, fans have the opportunity to witness Tom Holland’s performance in The Crowded Room. This series, billed as a psychological thriller, draws inspiration from the 1981 non-fiction novel The Minds of Billy Milligan by Daniel Keyes. Adapted for television by Akiva Goldsman, the narrative revolves around Danny Sullivan, who was apprehended for a shooting incident in New York City in 1979.

Throughout a sequence of interviews with an interrogator, Sullivan gradually unravels the events of his life. Along with Tom Holland, The Crowded Room features Will Chase, Lior Raz, Amanda Seyfried, Thomas Sadoski, Sam Vartholomeos, Nuala Clearly, and Zachary Golinger. Comprising 10 episodes, the series made its debut on Apple TV+ on June 9.

The Crowded Room holds a 31 percent approval rating on review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes. The site’s general consensus states that the series showcases undeniable talent and has a promising premise. However, the story repeats itself, leading to an exhausting and frequently frustrating viewing experience.