It looks like Spider-Man is in it for the long hall. After debuting as the web-slinger in this year’s Captain America: Civil War, actor Tom Holland revealed that he’s signed on to appear as the superhero in six Marvel movies.
As he explained to THR in an interview for their cover story:
“They give you options and those could be exercised whenever. Like a cameo in Avengers. I’m unclear as to which movies though. I do know I have three Spider-Man [appearances in other] movies and three solo movies contracted. But if you have another movie, Marvel is so good at working around it. They’re very respectful of your life, really. They understand that you have to work on other movies, and they try and fix it up so you can work around each other.”
He already filmed two of these appearances: a solo movie with Spider-Man: Homecoming and his part in Civil War. We’re assuming he’ll show up in Avengers: Infinity War. Perhaps, also, Avengers 4, though Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige has been teasing a game-changer for Infinity War, so we’ll see. We know that Sony is committed to producing more solo Spider-Man movies, but that’s tied up in their partnership with Marvel.
Holland was a fan favorite in Civil War, and with the age of Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, and Robert Downey Jr. winding down, the MCU needs new characters for fans to rally behind. Benedict Cumberbatch was channeling his inner Tony Stark for Doctor Strange, but he wasn’t as charismatic as some of us hoped. Though, there’s also more from Chadwick Boseman’s Black Panther and Brie Larson’s Captain Marvel on the way.
Holland will appear in Homecoming, directed by Jon Watts, along with Michael Keaton as Vulture (confirmed recently by Feige), Zendaya as Michelle, Downey Jr. as Iron Man, and Marisa Tomei as Aunt May, to name a few. “You’ve seen the billionaire, the scientist, the soldier. Now it’s time to see the kid,” Holland told THR. “And every decision we make on set is based off how would a kid react in this situation, so every fight scene we have is designed in a way that’s almost child-friendly, so he never actually punches anyone. It’s all done kind of by accident. I think the biggest difference is his youth and innocence.”
“My character is not romantic. My character is like very dry, awkward, intellectual and because she’s so smart, she just feels like she doesn’t need to talk to people, like ‘My brain is so far ahead of you that you’re just not really on my level.’ So she comes off very weird. But to me, she is very cool because she’s deep. She’s always thinking about something, always reading. I like that. And I also like that I don’t really have to do anything for hair and makeup. I just get to walk in and walk out.”
Spider-Man: Homecoming is scheduled for theaters on July 7, 2017.