After seeing ‘Spider-Man: No Way Home’ in theatres on December 17, fans were left wondering what will happen next. Many people wondered if Tom Holland’s Spidey was done after the ending of ‘No Way Home’.
Kevin Fiege, a producer at Marvel Studios, promptly put a stop to those speculations, confirming that the hero was far from finished. Feige stated in an interview released the same day that the fan favourite would be getting future films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). Warning: there are some movie spoilers ahead, so if you haven’t watched it yet, you might want to stop reading now.
It’s a real tearjerker that “does is offer immense fan service” and “evokes cheers, whoops, and gasps in equal measure,” as we said in our review of the film. From the return of Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield to the appearance of Charlie Cox’s Matt Murdock, practically all of the leaks and rumours proved to be true. But all of that is now in the past. The important question is, what does the future hold?
The future of Holland has always been a thorny issue. Earlier, the celebrity said: “I don’t know… I just think there are endless opportunities for me to do what I want; and doing what I want might not be in the film industry”. Producer Amy Pascal said on the red carpet, adding to the ambiguity, As long as (Holland) wants to make Spider-Man movies, we will make Spider-Man movies.”
Fans may now rest comfortable, knowing that both Sony and Marvel appear to be dedicated to keeping Holland around for the time being. “Amy and I and Disney and Sony are talking about — yes; we’re actively beginning to develop where the story heads next,” Fiege told The New York Times.
“He’s going to show up sometime.”
He further added that he wants to be straightforward; because he does not want fans to go through the separation agony like what happened after Far From Home. Feige went even further, admitting, “He’s going to show up sometime. The when and the where, of course, is the fun part — and the part that we don’t talk about.”
Disney and Sony appear to be eager to keep Holland’s web-slinger on the job. Following the movie office success of ‘No Way Home,’ fans have a strong want to see more of the character. With ‘No Way Home,’ the studios appear to have created the basis for future Spidey films, particularly with the climax. Pascal told The New York Times, “That gives us a lot to work with for the next feature.”
There are a few possibilities for Marvel’s next film. For starters, the Venom symbiote is present in the MCU, as evidenced by the first post-credits sequence. There are also characters from previous MCU films who have yet to be used by Marvel, like Aaron Davis and Matt Gargan. Whatever option Marvel and Sony choose; you can bet it will be a long time before Holland appears in another solo feature.
With Marvel’s slate jam-packed for the next 2-3 years, it’s uncertain where they’ll fit another Spider-Man feature in; but as Kevin Feige mentioned, we might see him in other MCU films before then.