There was a time, not too long ago, when Tom Holland said that he would love to play Spider-Man until he couldn’t walk anymore. He is incredibly passionate about this role, his childhood hero – and loves being Peter Parker and playing a character who is a true ‘good guy’. But, as Holland has grown alongside the role and the intensity of the story, his opinion has changed as well. He doesn’t love the role any less, but he might be eyeing the end of his tenure as the Wall Crawler – and he has an idea of who should replace him on the silver screen.
GQ recently did a wonderful expose article with Holland and he had some thoughts on his future as the friendly, neighborhood hero as his current contract comes to an end. Tom is worried about his age and doing the role in his 30’s:
“Maybe it is time for me to move on. Maybe what’s best for Spider-Man is that they do a Miles Morales film. I have to take Peter Parker into account as well, because he is an important part of my life. If I’m playing Spider-Man after I’m 30, I’ve done something wrong.”
Sony producer Amy Pascal feels differently, however, and doesn’t want to Tom to go anywhere:
“[I] talked to [Tom Holland] about doing, like, 100 more [and I don’t want] to make Spider-Man movies without him.”
There are plenty of fans upset of this revelation from the actor as well. People want him to play Spidey forever – but we have to look at it from Tom’s perspective. He’s been acting all of his life – but this commitment has obviously been the most taxing, both physically and mentally. It also eats up ALL of his time. He wants to expand his roles but, more importantly, live his life. He mentions a European backpack trek. A vacation. He’d like to be ‘normal’ for just a bit. However, this interview’s timing could play a part as well.
Holland is at the end of a grueling film shoot and press junket. Spider-Man: No Way Home is said to be the darkest and most ambitious film he has had to do thus far as Spider-Man – and it is only going to get bigger if he continues. His one concern of age is one that Kevin Feige and Amy Pascal most likely have an answer for, as some of Peter Parker’s greatest stories really came during his college years.
So, for now, we have to prepare for the worst that Tom Holland is done as Spider-Man and hope for the best that he will return to the role once again, even if it is to mentor and pass on the torch to Miles Morales.
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