Spider-Man actor Tom Holland has hinted that he may step down from the role to make room for Marvel’s newest hero, Miles Morales. After starring in Captain America: Civil War in 2016, the English actor has become a household name worldwide thanks to his portrayal of the famous superhero. Next up for him will be in the upcoming Spider-Man: No Way Home, which premieres on December 17.
While the MCU’s friendly neighbourhood hero, played by Henry Holland, has been known for his naivete in his solo films, this new project looks to have a more serious tone. Spider-secret Man’s identity is made public, and an endeavour at a magical solution from Doctor Strange results in the arrival of villains from previous Spider-Man films. Fans have been warned that the film, despite Holland’s assurances that it is his best, is a darker and more sombre portrayal of Peter Parker than any of his previous appearances.
This new direction for the character is currently unknown, but even Holland himself isn’t sure if there should be one in the MCU. Amy Pascal, the producer of the Spider-Man films, wants him to make “100 more” of them, and he wonders whether it is time for him to leave the superhero genre. Miles Morales’ take on Spider-Man might be the best option for everyone, Holland thinks.
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.
Spidey’s Miles version made his comic book debut in 2011 and his big-screen debut in the 2018 film Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. Popularity with fans has been strong for the character, mainly how Into the Spider-Verse handled his Afro-Puerto Rican backstory. With Spider-Man: Homecoming, Marvel laid the foundation to have him in the MCU, with a brief conversation between Peter and Aaron Davis, the character’s uncle, played by Donald Glover.
Fans are eager to see Morales join the MCU, but they don’t want Holland to leave the series soon. The 25-year-old isn’t saying for sure that he’ll leave Spider-Man behind after No Way Home, but he’s already making a move to test the leeway of his movie-star image. This is just the latest iteration of why Marvel fans have supported him so entirely. When he does decide to hang up the super-suit, viewers will be hoping that he receives the Cap- or Iron Man-Esque sendoff he deserves when he retires.