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The future of Tom Holland’s Spider-Man in MCU After No Way Home

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So, the dust around Spider-Man: No way Home is finally settling. And with that, we are beginning to understand the gravity of what just the famous web-slinger went through. The ending will have massive ramifications for Tom Holland’s Spider-Man and it may even take him away from the MCU. But, to understand that, we have to take a look at what the ending of No Way Home meant for Spider-Man. And more importantly, who owns the character.

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The Future Of Tom Holland's Spider-Man In MCU After No Way Home
Sony

First thing’s first, we have to look at what happened at the end of Spider-Man: No Way Home. In it, we see Tom Holland’s Peter Parker selflessly sacrificing his entire life by letting Doctor Steven Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) cast a spell that would erase Peter’s memory from every single person who knew him. Afterward, we see a Peter Parker in his early twenties, shifting into a small apartment on his own, without any family and friends about to face all of life’s challenges by himself. In short, what we got was a soft reboot for the web-slinger. A new chance for Sony and Marvel to do with the character as they please after receiving some criticism of how he was treated.

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The tussle between Marvel and Sony

Now, because of Marvel and Sony’s partnership on Spider-Man, it meant that the younger more cheery version of the character had to learn under the mentorship of MCU giants like Tony Stark’s Iron Man and others. And that was always a problem that many MCU fans had with the character. They said he was very detached from the comic’s version of Spider-Man because of the comforts and easiness he had in life through his connections with Tony Stark. Under his shadow, it felt like Spider-Man could never grow to become the character everyone loves.

But, No Way Home’s ending changes all that. It basically gives Tom Holland’s Spider-Man a clean slate. He made the ultimate sacrifice of letting go of his friends, family, the love of his life, and all the wealth that came with Stark Industries. And now, he can truly fit into the mold of Spider-Man that everyone is familiar with. This is an opportunity that Sony will likely capitalize on. This is because they now have the option to make future Spider-Man movies without the influence of Disney.

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Will we see Tom Holland’s Spider-Man in the MCU?

The Future Of Tom Holland's Spider-Man In MCU After No Way Home
Sony

It is very likely that Tom Holland’s Spider-Man will now have his own version of Spider-Verse under Sony. Proof of that is Venom and other upcoming projects centered on Spider-Man villains, like Morbius and Kraven the Hunter. However, that does not deprive Holland of a chance to feature in the MCU either. There must be spells up Doctor Strange’s sleeve that could remind the Avengers of who Peter Parker from Queen’s actually was. In short, the possibilities are endless and extremely malleable. So far, we know that Holland is supposed to appear in at least one more MCU movie. Sony executive Amy Pascal said:

This is not the last movie that we are going to make with Marvel. We are getting ready to make the next Spider-Man movie with Tom Holland and Marvel. We’re thinking of this as three films, and now we’re going to go on to the next three. This is not the last of our MCU movies.

However, Tom Holland himself is a bit reluctant to rejoin the MCU. Or at least, he isn’t willing to go back to the previous version of the character as he told Entertainment Weekly:

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.

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What will become of the MCU without Holland and Spider-Man?

As far as the MCU is concerned, after No Way Home, it doesn’t leave them in a great spot. Firstly, they lost a huge list of heroes in Avengers: Endgame whose shoes just haven’t been fulfilled. And on top of that, they will eventually lose out on Tom Holland’s Spider-Man too. They do have Captain Marvel, Doctor Strange, and a few other heroes but they rank significantly below the list of heroes they lost from Endgame. And the loss of Chadwick Boseman also dealt them a massive blow with T’Chala. In short, things aren’t looking as promising.

Of course, Marvel tried their hand with Hawkeye, Falcon and the Winter Soldier, and WandaVision to give side characters a greater appeal. But whether they’ll turn into main lead heroes for the MCU fans is yet to be seen. Moreover, the failure of Eternals and mixed reviews on Shang-Chi have also left Marvel and Kevin Feige in perilous condition. One chance that Marvel can take is with Florence Pugh and letting her become the new Black Widow. And then there’s Hailee Steinfeld, who is currently upstaging Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye’s mentor in the Hawkeye TV series. And of course, they should seriously give Loki a separate movie as Tom Hiddleston still has the same charisma as past MCU heroes. Things aren’t looking great, but there is still hope

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