Tom Holland: Spider-Man’s future was “still very bright” outside of the MCU


During a recent interview, Tom Holland revealed that Spider-Man would have had a “very bright” future outside of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. (But we’re still glad he’s back in it.)

Many Marvel fans try to block out those terrible days when Tom Holland’s Spider-Man was no longer part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, grateful that he’s back and ready to team up with the Avengers once more. But apparently, even if Spidey had remained outside of the MCU, his story would have been a satisfying one — at least if Tom Holland is to be believed.

The actor said as much during a recent interview with MTV International, during which he was promoting his new animated movie, Onward. While Holland expressed enthusiasm about being back in the MCU, he assured fans that Spider-Man would have had a promising run with Sony as well.

“The future for Spider-Man was still very bright with Sony,” Holland said. “We had a really, really wonderful idea how we could sort of transition into a Spider-Man without the MCU. Tom Rothman and Amy Pascal were really confident that they were gonna do justice and make a film of the caliber that Spider-Man requires.”

Watch MTV International‘s full interview with Holland here:

Holland didn’t give details about Sony’s plan to extract Spidey from the MCU, but it’s comforting to know the studio was giving it the amount of thought it deserved, particularly given how upset fans were over the development.

Even with his optimism about the Sony situation, however, Holland admitted that Spidey “belongs” in the MCU — or his version of the character does. And it’s hard to argue with that sentiment. Given that his character has been built on the foundation of the Avengers team (and his relationship with Tony Stark), it would feel strange to see him separated from it all, especially if he wouldn’t even be able to mention his fictional past.

Now that Holland is back in the MCU, however, he’s got new plans to think about: like the plan to make the third Spider-Man film just as compelling as the previous two. It doesn’t hit theaters until 2021, but the stakes are high after Mysterio’s stunt at the end of Far From Home. Honestly, Peter Parker may be in more danger in the MCU than outside of it.

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