Playing any superhero is a young man’s game, but that’s especially true for Spider-Man. Over the decades of Marvel comics, he’s been a guy in high school, college, or college; even today he might be a guy who is about 30 years old at the oldest. Thus, actors who play Peter Parker tend to age faster than many of their colleagues. (Sam Jackson is still as strong as Nick Fury at 72.) As a result, the Spider Man the franchise has gone through three different live Spideys in less than 20 years.
Maybe it’s time for a fourth. Tom Holland’s contract to play Marvel’s Spider-Man ends next month Spider-Man: No Path Home. Holland has already said that “if they want me to come back I will definitely be there” to make more films. But now he seems a lot less sure about his future as a superhero. Talk to GQHolland has strongly hinted that he is nearing the end of his run as a character. As he said, maybe it is time to “move on”. He added:
“Maybe what’s best about Spider-Man is that they make a Miles Morales movie. I also have to consider Peter Parker because he is a big part of my life,” he said. But also: “If I play Spider-Man after I turn 30, I’ve done something wrong.”
Holland is currently 25, which means he could do another Spider-Man movie before he does “anything wrong” in his opinion; maybe two if he really pushes it. But that would be all.
Tobey Maguire’s last Spider-Man movie came out when he was 32; Andrew Garfield retired at the age of 31. So Holland leaving around his 30th birthday would be roughly in line with his predecessors. But then it’s a question of what Marvel will do next. Are they remaking the role, as Peter has become increasingly central to the MCU? Or take Holland’s idea and introduce yourself to a Miles Morales, who could become the Marvel Spider-Man movie in the next couple of years? They have a little time to make up their minds. But not a lot. The clock is turning.
Spider-Man: No Path Home opens in theaters on December 17, 2021.
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