His youth and exuberance make Tom Holland a perfect fit to play the Wall-Crawler, but those qualities have also caused him to slip more than his fair share of Spider-Man spoilers over the years. The British actor is so known for his loose lips that it is the focal point of a short video released to officially announce the title of Spider-Man 3. In it, Holland exits director Jon Watts‘ office and tells co-stars Zendaya and Jacob Batalon that the titles they supposedly “leaked” online are all fake as they then pass by a whiteboard emblazoned with the real title: Spider-Man: No Way Home.
— Spider-Man: No Way Home (@SpiderManMovie) February 24, 2021
What the title means is anyone’s guess. The most likely answer is that it refers to Peter (Holland) being separated from his friends and family due to being outed by Mysterio (Jake Gyllenhaal) and wanted for murder at the end of Far From Home, to Spider-Man ending up being ripped from his own dimension and stranded in the MCU’s burgeoning multiverse.
Whatever the title means, it signals the end of Holland’s time as Spider-Man, at least in the MCU. In a recent interview, Holland revealed that his contract is up:
[‘No Way Home’] would be my last one [under contract] so I’ve always said to them if they want me back I’ll be there in a heartbeat. I’ve loved every minute of being a part of this amazing world. It’s changed my life for the better, I’m so lucky to be here. If they want me back I’ll be there, if they don’t I will walk off into the sunset a very, very happy person because it’s been an amazing journey.
From the rest of the interview, it appears that he is still under contract to play Spider-Man for Sony, but that negotiations would have to be make for him to return to the MCU:
I think the two studios have worked that out, and I don’t think that that will be a problem in the future. That said, I’m just the actor and I was a part of a few phone calls during that process, but I think they love working with each other, I think they found a way in which it can be beneficial for both studios, and I’m just kind of like a kid in the middle of it, between two parents during an argument (laughs).
Spider-Man: No Way Home is slated to open in theaters on December 17th.
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