Ever since Marvel Studios and Sony Pictures failed to reach an agreement on how the profits of each Spider-Man film would be broken down, throwing Spidey’s future in the MCU into serious question, the internet has been salivating to know what actor Tom Holland thinks of it all. Though Holland made some comments alongside Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige during last month’s D23 expo, the actor has opened up even further about his thoughts in a new interview with GQ magazine, saying “the legacy and future of Spidey rests in Sony’s safe hands. I really am nothing but grateful, and I’ve made friends for life along the way.”
GQ took to one of Holland’s favorite golf courses to hang out with the star, asking him about everything from his newfound fame, to the aggressiveness of internet fandom, but when asked about the future of Spider-Man in the MCU, Holland takes a notably measured tone.
“I’m not shy about expressing how incredible the last five years have been with Marvel,” Holland wrote to GQ, following the news of Sony and Marvel’s split. “I’ve truly had the time of my life, and in so many respects, they have made my dreams come true as an actor. Sony has also been really good to me, and the global success of Spider-Man: Far From Home is a real testament to their support, skill and commitment. The legacy and future of Spidey rests in Sony’s safe hands. I really am nothing but grateful, and I’ve made friends for life along the way.”
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Holland’s comments to GQ echo what he said during last month’s D23 expo, taking on a tone of uncertainty peppered with earnest hope for the continued success of the series.
“Basically, we’ve made five great movies,” Holland said in a chat with Entertainment Weekly. “It’s been five amazing years. I’ve had the time of my life. Who knows what the future holds? But all I know is that I’m going to continue playing Spider-Man and having the time of my life. It’s going to be so fun, however we choose to do it."
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Holland added, "The future for Spider-Man will be different, but it will be equally as awesome and amazing, and we’ll find new ways to make it even cooler.”
Holland has portrayed Spider-Man in not two, but five MCU films, starting with 2016’s Captain America: Civil War, and most recently Spider-Man: Far From Home alongside Jake Gyllenhaal. Spider-Man: Far From Home grossed $1 billion worldwide back in late July, a first for the franchise.
If the financial and cultural politics behind it all still don’t make much sense to you, check out our explainer of the Sony and Marvel MCU deal, and see what we think the most likely outcome for Spidey’s MCU future is.
Joseph Knoop is a writer/producer for IGN, and he does whatever a freelancer can.
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Spider-Man: Far From Home
DeveloperN/ARelease DateJuly 2, 2019Platformstheater, blu-ray