Tom Holland Recalls Making His First ‘Spider-Man’ Movie With Jon Watts: ‘Both of Us Hadn’t a F***ing Clue What We Were Doing’

Spider-Man: No Way Home is one of Marvel’s most successful movies of all time, and director Jon Watts and Spider-Man star Tom Holland can both claim credit for that. The duo has been working together since Spider-Man: Homecoming entered production. And Holland recently reflected on how far they’ve come since that first film.

Jon Watts directed all of Tom Holland’s ‘Spider-Man’ movies

Spider-Man star Tom Holland and director Jon Watts. Holland is holding out his hands like Spider-Man, and Watts is holding a Spider-Man figure.
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Jon Watts directed the entirety of Tom Holland’s Spider-Man trilogy, taking the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s web-slinger from his origins in Homecoming to his biggest adventure yet in No Way Home.

Naturally, Watts has spent plenty of time with actor Tom Holland while working on the MCU films. And the pair had something in common when they first signed on for the franchise: neither of them had prior experience working on anything of this scale.

Holland reflected on their first film during a recent interview, and he emphasized how far they’ve both come since Homecoming.

Tom Holland recalls his first time working with Jon Watts

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Deadline’s Pete Hammond recently sat down with all three Spider-Man actors, asking Tobey Maguire, Andrew Garfield, and Tom Holland to speak on their experience filming Spider-Man: No Way Home.

On the topic of working with director Jon Watts, Holland looked back on his first outing as Peter Parker. He revealed how nerve-wracking it was for himself and Watts, both of whom were new to the franchise (and huge blockbusters in general).

According to Holland, they both expressed awe over how far they’ve taken their Spider-Man movies during a recent conversation:

“We were both kind of in disbelief of what’s happened and what we’ve achieved. You know, I’m talking to him like, ‘I remember meeting you for the first time in my trailer. I was 18 years old, and you had never directed a movie like this before. And both of us hadn’t a f***ing clue what we were doing.’ I was petrified. He was petrified.”

Holland compared the experience to No Way Home, emphasizing how differently he feels now that he’s done this before:

“On this movie, we were able to put our best foot forward, go there [on] day one and feel confident in our capabilities.”

Of course, their growth shines through in the latest installment, which truly sees Holland’s Peter Parker coming into his own. Is there a chance he’ll return to the big screen in another movie, and will Watts continue directing?

Will the duo team up on future ‘Spider-Man’ movies?

Clearly, Jon Watts and Tom Holland have formed a meaningful relationship during their time working on the MCU’s Spider-Man movies. But will either of them return for more?

According to Tom Holland, he’s not sure about his next adventure as Marvel’s web-slinger. Although Marvel Studios and Sony seem eager to bring him back, he told Deadline he isn’t sure what the future holds:

“I don’t know. I know I love this character, and I know that I am not ready to say goodbye. But if it’s time for me to say goodbye, then I will do so proudly, knowing that I’ve achieved everything I wanted to with this character.”

As for Watts, it’s unclear if he’d be game to direct more of these movies — though he is working on Fantastic Four for Marvel Studios. At the very least, he’ll still be involved with the MCU. Only time will tell if that means more Spidey movies, though.

Spider-Man: No Way Home is currently playing in theaters.

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