Tom Holland goes back to his Marvel roots with Spider-Man 3, and Jared Leto teases his turn as Spider-Man villain/anti-hero Michael Morbius.
The third, as-yet untitled Spider-Man movie with Tom Holland is shaping up to be something special. To start, the cameo appearances are getting out of control. Benedict Cumberbatch will play a big role as Doctor Strange, but that’s just the start. Lots of folk from the franchise’s past are either rumored or confirmed to appear, including Jamie Foxx’s Electro, Alfred Molina’s Doctor Octopus, both Andrew Garfield and Tobey Maguire as Spider-Man, Kirsten Dunst as Mary-Jane Watson, and maybe even Charlie Cox as Daredevil. This movie is gonna be nuts.
For Holland, it’s also something of a return to his Marvel roots, as he explained on a charity Instagram Live hosted by Chris Pratt:
We started shooting Spider-Man 3 a few months ago, which has been crazy and really weird because we’re shooting it back in Atlanta. That’s where I did my audition for Spider-Man, and we’re actually shooting in the stage where I did my audition, and it’s like a really weird full-circle story of walking through the same door I walked through as an 18-year-old kid, like, nervous, like, ‘Oh my god, I hope I get this job!’ And then walking through the door at 24, making the third movie loving life, confident, enjoying everything that’s happening for me. So, it’s been amazing, dude, it’s been awesome.
Honestly, I wouldn’t be surprised if Pratt somehow showed up in Spider-Man 3 as Star-Lord, either, but we’ll have to wait for the movie to come out on December 17 of this year to be sure.
And Spider-Man 3 isn’t the only Spider-movie in production. Appearing on Variety’s Awards Circuit podcast, Jared Leto talked about his role in Morbius. He plays the title character, a Spider-Man villain/anti-hero who turns himself into a vampire (basically) when trying to find a cure for his rare blood disease.
“It’s not often that you have one of these Marvel characters that hasn’t been put on the screen before, so it was an opportunity to create something brand-new and do something I don’t often do, which is like the leading man,” Leto said. “I haven’t done that very much in my life, so that was a good challenge.”
[Michael Morbius] finds a cure and goes from being this frail, sickly person, who’s at the end of his life, to being strong and powerful. But then there’s a catch. I get to play these three different characters in a way in this Jekyll and Hyde story that’s just big and fun and sometimes a little scary, which, I think, is different for that genre. I’m excited about it; it should be a big, fun popcorn movie.
Morbius comes out on March 19, although don’t expect it to cross over with what Holland is doing with Spider-Man for Marvel; Sony and Marvel share custody of the Spider-Man character, but Sony’s upcoming Spider-verse of movies looks like it’ll be mostly separate.
It’s weird, I know. Still, 2021 is looking to be a Spider-tastic year and that’s find with us.