Tom Holland: Spider-Man: No Way Home could be the “end of the franchise”

Tom Holland stars as Peter Parker/Spider-Man and Benedict Cumberbatch stars as Doctor Strange in Columbia Pictures' SPIDER-MAN: NO WAY HOME.
Tom Holland stars as Peter Parker/Spider-Man and Benedict Cumberbatch stars as Doctor Strange in Columbia Pictures' SPIDER-MAN: NO WAY HOME. /

On December 17, 2021, the third of Sony and Marvel’s Spider-Man films will hit theaters: Spider-Man: No Way Home.

There’s plenty of things to look forward to in this one, from the addition of Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) to the return of old-school villains like Doc Ock. But in a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly, Tom Holland revealed something quite interesting and perhaps even a little bittersweet: this third Spider-Man solo film may be the last one we get.

“We were all treating [No Way Home] as the end of a franchise, let’s say,” Holland said. “I think if we were lucky enough to dive into these characters again, you’d be seeing a very different version. It would no longer be the Homecoming trilogy. We would give it some time and try to build something different and tonally change the films. Whether that happens or not, I don’t know. But we were definitely treating [No Way Home] like it was coming to an end, and it felt like it.”

Will there be more Spider-Man movies?

From what Holland had to say, we can’t be sure that we will get another Spider-Man solo film beyond this third movie. We’ve yet to get more than three straight Spider-Man films from Sony starring the same actor. And on the Marvel side, we’re only just seeing a character get a fourth solo movie: Thor: Love and Thunder.

But Holland also says some things which makes us really wonder if this will be the end of Spidey’s solo adventures. “So this one scene, [we didn’t know] if this would be the last time [we were all working together.]” he said. “[It] was heartbreaking but also really exciting because we’re all moving into the next chapter of our careers. So sharing that moment with them was maybe the best day I’ve ever had on set. I don’t think I’ve cried like that ever.”

So No Way Home could very well be Holland’s last outing in a solo film. But that doesn’t mean he won’t appear in any more films after that. A lot is going on in the MCU, so we’ll likely see Peter Parker appear in some other crossover films. (Including one that we can’t wait to see happen.) And the fourth Thor film is also a good sign, showing that as long as there’s a demand from fans, Marvel will find a way to keep a character around.

New photos from Spider-Man: No Way Home

Now for some good news: Entertainment Weekly also released two brand new photos from the movie. One of the photos features Spidey zipping through New York City with an absolutely terrified MJ  (Zendaya) in tow. And in the second photograph, Spider-Man rests on top of a car as Doctor Strange watches in the background.

Context-wise, just about anything can be going on in these photos, from Peter trying to take MJ on a scenic date through New York to Strange working with Spidey as his new mentor. But overall, both pictures look awesome. And it’s got me excited for this (potentially last) Spider-Man movie this December.

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