Playing any superhero is a young man’s game, but it’s especially true for Spider-Man. For decades in Marvel comics, he’s been a guy in high school, college, or grad school; even today, he is perhaps the man of about 30 years, who is by far the oldest. So actors playing Peter Parker tend to age out of the role faster than many of their colleagues. (Sam Jackson continues to play a strong role in Nick Fury at age 72.) As a result Spider-Man the franchise has broken through three different live-action Spidey in less than 20 years.
It may be almost the fourth time. Tom Holland’s contract to play Marvel’s Spider-Mania expires next month Spider-Man: No way home. Holland has previously said that “if they want me back, I’ll be right there” to make more movies. But now he looks much less confident about his future as a superhero. Talking GQ, Holland strongly hinted that he was nearing the end as a character. As he said, it may be time to “move forward”. He added:
“Perhaps the best thing about Spider-Man is that they’re making a movie about Miles Morales. I have to consider Peter Parker, too, because he’s an important part of my life,” he says. wrong.”
Holland is currently 25 years old, which means he could make one more Spider-Man movie before he does “something wrong” according to his estimate; maybe two if he really weighs it. But that would be it.
Tobey Maguire’s last Spider-Man film was released when he was 32; Andrew Garfield retired at the age of 31. So ending Holland around his 30th birthday would be pretty much the same as his predecessor. But then comes the question of what Marvel will do next. Will they reshape the role as Peter has become increasingly central to the MCU? Or bring up Holland’s idea and introduce Miles Morales, who could become Marvel’s Spider-Man in the next couple of years? They have little time to decide. But not much. The clock is ticking.
Spider-Man: No way home premiered in theaters on December 17, 2021.
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