Tom Holland Reveals What’s Next After ‘Spider-Man’ and the MCU

Tom Holland has portrayed Peter Parker in the MCU since first appearing as “Underoos” in Captain America: Civil War — all bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, filled with inspiring adolescent naivete. Now, a few standalone installments and a handful of epic mash-ups later, Spider-Man still warms our hearts; however, he has learned the hard way that trust must be awarded sparingly and with reservation.  

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Tom Holland has been hailed as the best Spider-Man to date, as he accurately reflects the comic book character’s age and disposition while seeming equally comfortable as the geeky Parker and the quick-tongued web-slinger. However, Tom Holland can’t play Parker forever. While Sony and Disney/Marvel may continue to strike further deals and ink new negotiations, there will come a time when Tom Holland is simply “too old,” or decides his run in the MCU is reaching its conclusion. So, what’s next for Tom Holland?

Before appearing in the MCU as Peter Parker, Tom Holland starred alongside Naomi Watts and Ewan McGregor in the dramatic disaster thriller The Impossible. He also played Billy Elliot in the West End’s production. Thus, the actor is quite the talented kid, as he is a solid actor and a dancing pro (the latter explains his acrobatic finesse as Spidey). Let’s just say greatness awaits when you’re filled with so much talent. 

Tom Holland sat down for an interview with Far From Home co-star Zendaya a few years back, and he talked about his plans — for the next five, 15, and 20 years. It seems like the actor has got it all worked out! 

What Tom Holland wants out of his career 

Zendaya (known for portraying Michelle Jones in the Spider-Man franchise) chatted with Tom Holland in 2017 for Interview Magazine, and the actor revealed what his plans are moving forward. Holland stated the following: 

The 20-year goal is to be a film director. The 15-year goal is to win an Oscar. The five-year goal is to just keep enjoying myself. I really am having the time of my life. But as far as my future goes, I want to stretch myself as an actor in a way that Jake Gyllenhaal, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Meryl Streep do. I don’t want to be stuck to one character. I think that’s what can happen when you take on a superhero movie. So every conversation I have with my agent is, “What have you got for me? What’s next? Who can I play?

Tom Holland wants to put himself to the test; meaning, he will have to spread his swings and step away from superhero territory to avoid solidifying a mold. No young actor wishes to fall victim to type-casting. However, though still playing Spider-Man, the actor has already taken steps to diversify his portfolio. 

Tom Holland’s upcoming roles outside of the MCU will show his range 

If Tom Holland wishes to emulate Leonardo DiCaprio and Meryl Streep, he will have to pick some roles that defy fans’ expectations, which is precisely what he seems to be doing. 

Tom Holland is set to star in Cherry and Devil All the Time, both of which will premiere in 2020. In the former, he will play an army medic suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder who resorts to robbing banks when a heroin addiction leaves him with unsettled debts. Yes, our perfectly pure Holland is about to play an internally conflicted drug addict turned criminal.

In Devil All the Time, Holland will star alongside Robert Pattinson and Bill Skarsgård in a film set in 1960s Southern Ohio. He and the others will portray bizarre and mentally disturbed individuals suffering from the war’s psychological damages. Holland is also doing voice-over work for Spies in Disguise and Dolittle. 

Holland is definitely spreading his wings and, who knows, maybe he will be in that director’s chair before we know it!