Endgame Director Explains Tom Holland’s Potential As MCU’s Next Robert Downey Jr

Marvel fans had long anticipated a grand and spectacular delivering trailer for Tom Holland’s next MCU solo. The discussions were endless. And Sony Pictures exceeded all the expectations by dropping a crazy action-packed sneak inside the MCU’s upcoming film, Spider-Man: No Way Home.

The last MCU film for 2021 first featured the trailer at a fan event in Southern California. No later, viewers went into a frenzy to watch the uproar unfold online. Suffice it to say, and the new Spider-Man threequel trailer will bring in a superb parade to Phase 4. Alfred Molina’s Doc Ock was a significant highlight in the second trailer.

The villain’s story is displayed more clearly. Along with him, we got the first official clipping of Willem Dafoe’s terrifying return as the Green Goblin. In addition to these big names, there have been speculations in the past regarding other villains starring in the film.

And the trailer confirmed the presence of Sandman, Electro, and the Lizard. The five will play major and atrocious roles in the Multiversal mayhem. And tremendously fighting all these villains will be Tom Holland’s Spider-Man. MCU has gone far and ahead to give him this huge adventure. And that is in all of his five years in the franchise so far.

With the threequel approaching, Spider-Man’s future after No Way Home is under the radar. But Marvel fans, and even Holland himself, want the web-slinger’s MCU story only to move forward. The idea is so strong that even a remarkable MCU director has compared Holland to one of the franchise’s flagship characters. This has placed Holland in a unique position with the co-star in question. 

Tom Holland taking on Robert Downey Jr. status in the MCU

Tony Stark, Peter Parker

Hollywood’s most famous platform GQ got into a candid conversation with MCU director Joe Russo. Russo talks about seeing Spider-Man star Tom Holland fill the shoes left out by Iron Man actor Robert Downey Jr. Thus giving MCU a new responsible face. 

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Essentially, the director perceives Holland’s Spider-Man as one of the most favorite heroes in the MCU currently. And before Avengers: Endgame, this title was worn by Downey’s Tony Stark for more than a decade. 

“Tom is stepping into the role that Robert Downey once occupied for Marvel, which is the favorite character, and in a lot of ways the soul of the Marvel universe.”

But on the contrary, Tom Holland mentioned how for the first time in a very long time, he did not feel burdened by the responsibilities of being an MCU superhero. Holland said that he was done with completing all his work for Spider-Man: No Way Home. As the interview happened sometime in October, all that was left for Holland to do was get a few more shots right and some additional dialogue to complete for the threequel:

“It’s very strange. The last six years of my life, I always had a job to go to. It’s kind of terrifying, but it’s also really exciting.”

Director Russo reflected on when Holland made his first appearance with the cast of Captain America: Civil War as Peter Parker in 2015. Russo still remembers how everyone was fond of Holland because he brought in the “likeability” factor to the set when he took on the Spider-Man role:

“He had a vulnerability and a wit, and an immense likability that felt to me like Peter Parker from the comics.”

Tom Holland winning MCU fans’ hearts as Spider-Man

Robert Downey Jr. is famous for single-handedly carrying the MCU to unimaginable heights. Starting with the 2008’s Iron Man, Downey appeared as Tony Stark in ten movies over eleven years. The world saw the last of him in the franchise in 2019’s Avengers: Endgame. And ever since critics, as well as audiences, have been on a spree to find the next RDJ. A superhero who will hold together not just the team of Avengers’ but be the face of the MCU as a whole.

Joe Russo has spent a significant amount of time at the franchise. Having directed four big-scale MCU movies has made Russo acquainted with a lot of stars. Three of his films have included Holland as Spider-Man. Russo has noticed things, considering the poise and maturity that Holland has shown throughout his run in the franchise for the past six years. For the director, Holland possesses some of the same qualities as Downey Jr. And now, Holland is successfully returning for his sixth movie as Peter Parker. 

Spider-Man and Iron Man

These statements by Russo are intriguing because Holland has openly contradicted the fact by saying how the actor is finally free from any significant duties to fulfill. As per Holland’s point of view, after finishing Spider-Man: No Way Home, the actor has no preparations lined up. 

In the Marvel Cinematic Universe, following in the footsteps of someone like Robert Downey Jr. is a harrowing ordeal. However, Holland has so far shown his potential in all respects to pass for the title if the Spider-Man franchise moves forward in the MCU. Who knows what lies ahead for the star.

But one thing is sure, and whatever happens, Holland has managed to sketch a Spider-Man that fans absolutely love and treasure. And this is even before he is about to make his mark with possibly the biggest solo comic book movie Marvel has ever made. 

Spider-Man: No Way Home is scheduled to debut in theaters worldwide on December 17, 2021. Tickets for the threequel will go on sale on November 29, 2021.