Tom Holland has given audiences their first glimpse of the third film in his Spider-Man series, however, Spider-Man looks slightly different than we remember him from Spider-Man: Far from Home.
In the photo shared on Tom Holland’s Instagram, we see Holland crouched in the Spider-Man suit in front of a blue screen. But this time around, Holland’s Spider-Man is also wearing a protective face mask, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Holland’s post, which has been liked by over 6 million people so far, came with the caption, “Wear a mask, I’m wearing two…”
The upcoming Spider-Man 3 recently starred production in Atlanta, with star Tom Holland apparently going straight from the wrapped set of his upcoming Uncharted to starting work on the latest Marvel Cinematic Universe film. Even though there have been some major cast announcements for the latest Spider-Man film in recent months, much of the returning Spider-Man cast is unclear at this time.
Joining Tom Holland will be the return of Zendaya, Peter Parker’s love interest MJ, who also knows his Spider-Man secret. Also in a now-deleted Instagram post, Jacob Batalon, who plays Ned Leeds in the first two installments, hinted that he would be returning. While it’s assumed that other actors like Maris Tomei as May Parker and Tony Revelori as Flash Thompson will also reprise their Spider-Man: Homecoming and Spider-Man: Far from Home characters for this latest outing, their involvement has not yet been confirmed.
2019’s Spider-Man: Far from Home ended with a pretty major cliffhanger, in which J.K. Simmons returns as J. Jonah Jameson for the first time since 2007’s Spider-Man 3, to reveal that Tom Holland’s Peter Parker is in fact Spider-Man. While at first, this seemed like a fun nod to the past Spider-Man franchises, this now seems our first possible hint that this third Spider-Man film could play in the world of multiverses, even though it’s unclear if Simmons will return again as Jameson in the upcoming film.
Another interesting hint at this multiverse possibility was the announcement that Jamie Foxx would reprise his role as Electro from 2014’s The Amazing Spider-Man 2. While at first, this casting choice didn’t make much sense, the following announcement that Benedict Cumberbatch’s Doctor Strange would be joining Tom Holland’s Spider-Man in his latest outing made it seem extremely likely that this new film would at least show us multiple universes, and possibly, even more previous Spider-Man actors.
This apparent interest in multiverses with the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s upcoming Phase Four has led to a string of rumors. There have been rumors that previous Spider-Men like Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield might return in Tom Holland’s Spider-Man 3, and rumors for Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness have suggested that we might see Marvel characters that we know played by different actors, and could hint at the return of even more pre-Marvel Cinematic Universe appearances. While this would be an interesting development, beyond Electro, this all seems to be speculation so far.
But with the success and widespread adoration for 2018’s Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, it makes sense that Tom Holland’s Spider-Man could get in on the multiverse fun. The sequel to Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is currently scheduled for release on October 7, 2022, and there are currently talks of potential spin-offs, and possible TV series set in the Spider-Verse world.
But in our universe, Tom Holland has been extremely busy this year. In 2020, he’s already done voice-work for both Dolittle and Pixar’s Onward, as well as starred in the Netflix drama The Devil All the Time. Holland has already finished filming Doug Limen’s Chaos Walking, the latest film by the Russo brothers, Cherry, and starred as Nathan Drake in the upcoming Uncharted film. All of these and Spider-Man 3 are currently scheduled for release in 2021.
Even though Tom Holland has just started filming Spider-Man 3 in Atlanta, there are also rumors that we could see footage from the film before year’s end. Marvel already has Black Widow, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, and Eternals in post-production, yet we still haven’t seen any images from the latter two. Yet with all three of these films planned for 2021 release, and Spider-Man 3 scheduled for December 17, 2021, next year is going to be a huge return for the Marvel Cinematic Universe.