Tom Holland believes that the next actor to portray Spider-Man should be a woman.
In a recent interview with People magazine, the 25-year-old actor reflected on his time spent portraying the world’s most famous web-slinger following the runaway success of Spider-Man: No Way Home and offered his thoughts on what could be next for the franchise.
“I’ve loved every minute of it. I’ve been so grateful to Marvel and Sony for giving us the opportunity and keeping us on and allowing our characters to progress. It’s been amazing,” he said.
But despite his love for the character, Holland more than anyone else in the MCU seems to understand that with great power comes great responsibility, and claimed that he was more than happy to make way for the next talented young star ready to don the red-and-blue tights and put their own spin on the character.
“I don’t want to be responsible for holding back the next young person that comes in who deserves it just as much,” Holland said.
“I would love to see a future of Spider-Man that’s more diverse — maybe you have a Spider-Gwen or a Spider-Woman. We’ve had three Spider-Mans in a row; we’ve all been the same. It’d be nice to see something different.”
“And that’s why for me, I don’t want to say goodbye to Spider-Man — but I feel like we might be ready to say goodbye to Spider-Man.”
If this is to be the end of Holland’s reign as Peter Parker though, it’s come at the right time. Marvel boss Kevin Feige recently confirmed in an interview that – shock – there’s a fourth Spider-Man movie in the works, and that Disney and Sony are ‘actively beginning to develop where the story goes next’.
And although Feige didn’t confirm if Holland had signed on for the next movie not, it sounds like the actor is ready to take a step back out of the spotlight after spending the past six years working nonstop and is looking forward to a well-earned rest as he figures out what his next move is going to be and what he wants out of life.
In the meantime though, there’s no shortage of female wall-crawlers ready to take up the mantle should Peter Parker call it quits.
Jessica Drew, aka Spider-Woman, has been a well-established character in the Marvel universe for decades; whereas more recent additions include Peter and MJ’s daughter May ‘Mayday’ Parker who follows in her father’s footsteps and dons the mantle of Spider-Girl after her father is forced to retire.
And that’s not even getting started on Spider-Gwen and Miles Morales, who became the first person of colour to take on Spidey’s role and established himself as a firm fan-favourite following his star-making turn in Into The Spider-Verse.
Until then though, no formal announcements have been made regarding future Spider-Man films or Holland’s role in them.
By Tom Sanders