Tom Holland’s Spider-Man is known for, among other things, his fun team-ups with other Marvel stars. It’s fitting, considering he entered the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) in what remains the biggest non-team team-up movie — 2016’s Captain America: Civil War. Iron Man (Robert Downey, Jr.) showed up in his first solo film, Doctor Strange and variant versions of Peter Parker were there for his third, and now Holland is campaigning for a crossover with one of the newest heroes in Marvel’s pantheon — Florence Pugh‘s Yelena Belova, aka the MCU’s new Black Widow.
It was during his appearance on BBC’s The Zoe Ball Breakfast Show (via Comic Book), that Tom Holland talked about collaborating with Florence Pugh. Holland was subjected to a round of quick-fire questions, including one about whether or not he’d want to see Spider-Man team-up with the new Black Widow. Holland answered that such a project “hasn’t been suggested to the big bosses yet.” He continued, “Florence and I have definitely spoken about it, and hopefully one day we can make that happen. That would be very cool.”
Florence Pugh’s Yelena was introduced in last year’s Black Widow. The film is set chiefly during the events of Civil War, when Scarlett Johansson’s Natasha Romanov is still alive. Yelena is Natasha’s adoptive sister, and in a post-credits scene Valentina Allegra de Fontaine (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) tasks her with the assassination of Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) who, Yelena is led to believe, is responsible for Natasha’s death in 2019’s Avengers: Endgame.
If you’ve seen Hawkeye then it probably isn’t too difficult to imagine how a meeting between Yelena and Tom Holland’s Spider-Man might go. They probably wouldn’t share precisely the same chemistry as Hailee Steinfeld’s Kate Bishop and Yelena — considering at this point Spider-Man has a lot more experience under his belt than Kate — but it would probably be at least a little similar. Like Kate, Pete is younger than Yelena, and would share views similar to Kate’s about the whole notion of killing people for money.
Tom Holland’s Spider-Man is a perfect choice for any kind of crossover between Marvel heroes, as he very well should be. Long before even Toby Maguire was donning a Spidey suit, Marvel Comics not only had other heroes showing up in Spider-Man’s comics, they came up with a series — Marvel Team-Up — that was both a way to promote their lesser known heroes and a way to give the best-selling Spider-Man yet another title. While there were a handful of issues of Marvel Team-Up in which Spidey didn’t appear, in the 13-year run of the comic’s original series (1972-85), almost every issue featured Spider-Man and at least one other hero. It might be another marquee hero like Hulk or Captain America, or someone from the D-list like Man-Wolf or Killraven. There have been a few revivals — including 2011-13’s Avenging Spider-Man, which was essentially Marvel Team-Up with a different title — but none of the subsequent series lasted as long as the original.
Hopefully, Tom Holland and Florence Pugh will get the team-up fans would love to see. In the meantime, Holland can next be seen as a different kind of hero. Holland will star as Nathan Drake in Uncharted, based on the popular video game series of the same name, due in theaters February 18. Florence Pugh also has a couple of promising films coming out this year. On September 23 she’ll star as one half of a 1950’s married couple in the psychological thriller Don’t Worry Darling. She’ll also be starring in Netflix’s The Wonder, though no firm release date for that film has been announced.