Was ‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’ The Last Movie In Tom Holland’s Marvel Contract?
After just one month in theaters, Spider-Man: Far From Home has pulled in more than $1 billion at the box office, making it the highest-earning Spider-Man film of all time. There is no doubt that the character has become a key player in the Marvel Cinematic Universe as we head into the post-Avengers phase four, and Tom Holland’s version of the web-slinger is by far the most popular, but Spidey’s fate is completely up in the air.
Holland originally signed a six-picture deal with Marvel Studios – three solo films and three ensemble projects – and that means he has just one film left in his contract. With the character rights going back and forth between Sony and Marvel, what could that mean for the future of Tom Holland’s Spider-Man in the MCU?
The next ‘Spider-Man’ movie could be Tom Holland’s last
Holland first appeared as Spider-Man in 2016’s Captain America: Civil War, before he took his first solo turn in 2017’s Spider-Man: Homecoming. Of course, the character played a major role in Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame before Far From Home hit theaters this summer, and the follow up to Far From Home will be the end of Holland’s contractual obligation.
Because Sony didn’t have much success with The Amazing Spider-Man 2, which starred Andrew Garfield, they leased the character rights to Marvel, and that allowed Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige to make the deal with Holland and bring the character into the MCU.
But now that the lease is almost up, there are a lot of questions, and the biggest one is: will Sony decide to take the character back, or will they renew their lease to Marvel? There is no doubt Feige will do everything he can to extend that lease and renew Holland’s contract, but if Sony decides to get back into the Spider-Man business, there won’t be anything Marvel can do to stop it.
Sony has continued its Spider-Man projects while the character was in the MCU
While Holland has been playing the character in the MCU, Sony has continued to use Spidey in their own projects. Last year, the studio released Venom (which focused on the villain from 2007’s Spider-Man 3 that starred Toby Maguire), as well as Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.
According to We Got This Covered, there are more Sony projects in different development stages that could possibly interact with MCU’s Spider-Man, like Nightwatch, Kraven the Hunter, and the Sinister Six.
Sony’s history with Spider-Man in their own universe isn’t that great. But, after Tom Holland’s incredible success in the MCU, they might decide to take the character back for possible projects like a Venom crossover.
What will happen in the ‘Far From Home’ sequel?
Far From Home ended in a cliffhanger that showed up in the mid-credits sequence. Fans saw J. Jonah Jameson (JK Simmons) appear on national television and reveal Peter Parker’s secret identity, as well as accuse him of Mysterio’s crimes. And, the fallout from this revelation will most likely be a major plot point in the next film.
Feige has compared the Spider-Man solo films to the Harry Potter series because they follow Peter Parker’s high school years. This means that part three should be about his senior year and graduation.
However, where Spider-Man’s story goes after that point is anyone’s guess. Until Sony makes a decision on what they want to do with the character rights, fans are left to wonder if we are at the end of Tom Holland’s run.
Recent polls show that Tom Holland is the most popular Spider-Man in the past twenty years. In a head-to-head matchup with Maguire, Holland won 68 percent of the vote. And, when put up against Garfield, Holland slays with 83 percent of the vote.
With this kind of popularity with fans – as well as his $1 billion turn at the box office – Sony may just realize that the best and most profitable thing they can do for Spider-Man is to leave him in the hands of Feige and the MCU.