Tom Holland feels like he was put on this Earth to play Spider-Man. Though it’s only been a few years now since he took on the web-slinging duties in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, he’s already had some of the most memorable and iconic moments for the character that we’ve ever seen on the big screen. So it feels impossible to think his run as the character could be coming to an end. But that could be the case with his contract with the studio technically ending after Spider-Man: No Way Home.
In an interview with USA Today, Tom Holland indicated that he had no contractual commitments after this third Spider-Man movie and didn’t indicate he was itching to get back into the suit either. In fact, it was quite the opposite with the actor saying he intended to travel the world and do some things (like skiing) that he hadn’t been able to do before because of his filming commitments. Here’s part of that interview, detailing his non-Spidey plans:
“I’m going to take a break and travel the world. It’s the first time since I signed on to (“Spider-Man: Homecoming”) that I don’t have a contract with someone. I might go skiing because that’s something I’ve not really been allowed to do because it’s obviously a dangerous sport…”
Does this mean the end of the actor in the role? Probably not. Tom Holland has become integral to what Marvel has wanted to do both at the end of Phase Three but also in the push towards their Phase Four stories. Spider-Man: No Way Home is setting up to be one of the most ambitious Marvel productions ever, uniting characters from all different Spider-Man franchise iterations on the screen in one big movie. Tobey Maguire is set to return in some fashion, with a bunch of other characters making returns as well in a movie that will likely use the Multiverse in a big way. It’s a key piece of the overall Marvel plan.
And the way Phase Four is setting up for Marvel, it’s unlikely Spider-Man: No Way Home is the only time we will see Tom Holland. The studio has set up such an interconnected universe with overlapping stories that no production ever really sits on its own. Almost all of the narratives are interwoven in some way meaning Tom Holland is likely to appear in at least some of the bigger films like Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness or in whatever film culminates this phase. He’s just too big a star and too entertaining a character to not have a major role.
Tom Holland taking a break from acting for a while would make a lot of sense. The guy has been incredibly busy over the last few years both inside the Marvel Cinematic Universe and in other productions as well. Since coming into the mix in scene-stealing fashion in Captain America: Civil War, he did Spider-Man: Homecoming and Far From Home as well as Avengers: Infinity War and Endgame.
But there’s also a ton in the pipeline for Tom Holland with three highly-anticipated films coming out in the next year or so. He’s got Chaos Walking based on the science fiction series of the same name. He’ll star alongside Daisy Ridley. Plus, Cherry from Anthony and Joe Russo will hit screens as well with Holland playing a bank robber looking to finance his opiate addiction. And there’s the delayed Uncharted based on the video game which has been mired in significant production delays. The guy has been steady working for the better part of the last half-decade.
Just because a contract is ending doesn’t mean another one can’t come up. I doubt this is the end of Tom Holland as Spider-Man, but we could be taking at least a longer break from the character. It would be a much-deserved time away considering what he’s brought over the last few years.