Tom Holland’s ‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’ Cameo Never Made the Cut
Tom Holland swung back into theaters, but if things had gone differently, he would have been in both of the most recent Spider-Man movies.
In addition to starring in Spider-Man: Far From Home, Holland had planned to make a voice cameo in the Oscar-winning Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. Unfortunately, the scene was cut from the script before it went into production, for fear that so many Spider-Men might confuse viewers.
That’s more than a little understandable, considering superhero rights of the Marvel characters are as tangled as a web tying up Doctor Octopus.
How Tom Holland would have appeared in ‘Spider-Verse’
Sony’s animated movie featured several versions of Spider-Man from different dimensions teaming up to defeat the Kingpin. The gang included the “original” Spider-Man (Chris Pine), an alternate Peter Parker who has let himself go (Jake Johnson), Spider-Woman/Gwen Stacy (Hailee Steinfeld), the shadowy Spider-Noir (Nicolas Cage), an anime Penni Parker (Kimiko Glenn), Spider-Ham (John Mulaney) and the main protagonist: the newest Spider-Man, Miles (Shameik Moore).
With so many Spider-Men in the mix, the filmmakers thought it would be fun to include past Spider-Men in the movie too. As reported in Screen Rant, the filmmakers had originally planned to include a scene with Holland, Tobey Maguire, and Andrew Garfield, effectively bringing together all the movie Spider-Men.
Regrettably, that turned out to be a few spiders too many, and the scene was cut to avoid confusing moviegoers. As Holland explained:
At one point, I was supposed to be in it. Yeah, there was going to be another Peter Parker. It was like a scene in a train station or something and it was going to be like an Easter egg. I was going to walk through the background, and say like, ‘Hey kid, or something. [It] never happened; I’m heartbroken.
The tangled rights to Marvel characters
Who owns what with Marvel has confused fans for years, because several different studios have made films featuring the Marvel characters. We won’t cover every single character, but here are the major ones we’ll try to sort out.
The boom began with 20th Century Fox, who owned the rights to the X-Men and started making their movies in 2000. Sony/Columbia owned the rights to Spider-Man, and they started making their movies in 2002, featuring three with Maguire, then two with Garfield. Universal had dibs on the Hulk, making the 2003 movie with Eric Bana.
Then, Marvel Studios got into the game with Iron Man in 2008, and that was the birth of the Marvel Cinematic Universe that rules the roost today. Disney bought Marvel the following year, but Fox maintained the rights to the X-Men movies, and Sony held on to Spider-Man, for better or for worse.
As Disney’s MCU movies exploded, especially after bringing the characters together in The Avengers, Sony’s Spider-Man series foundered with the disappointing reception to the Andrew Garfield Amazing Spider-Man movies. Sony didn’t want to reboot again, nor did they want to surrender the lucrative character to Disney. So they entered into negotiations with Marvel to bring Spider-Man into the MCU, starting with Captain America: Civil War.
Civil War was a Disney/MCU movie, but any live-action movie with Spider-Man front and center, like Homecoming and Far From Home, are Sony/Marvel co-productions. Spider-Verse was Sony alone, as was Venom, whose rights came with Spider-Man. Venom and Spider-Verse are not part of the MCU. Only Tom Holland’s Spider-Man is there.
What the future holds for the characters
As if all that weren’t confusing enough, Deadpool entered the picture, and he was part of the Fox/X-Men group. Then, Disney and Fox merged, so now, Deadpool, X-Men, Spider-Man and the Avengers gang all play on the same team.
Spider-Man will certainly continue on, with Holland being willing to play the character for a long time. Sony will continue to produce Venom and Spider-Verse movies, and the MCU will announce their next phase later this year. However, that slate will not include the X-Men, as Marvel creative chief Kevin Feige has said those characters are on the back burner for now.
If Holland is heartbroken about missing out on Spider-Verse, he can take solace in his twin records as the youngest MCU hero and the most prolific Spider-Man. Far From Home will mark his fifth appearance as the character, after the Civil War, Homecoming, Infinity War and Endgame.