After the record-breaking box-office and critical success of Spider-Man: No Way Home, lead Tom Holland has played coy on whether or not he will return as Peter Parker in a fourth installment of his Spider-Man franchise. While he has expressed his interest in continuing to play Spider-Man, the actor recently told Deadline that he simply does not know if he will return or not:
The truthful answer — and I’ve done a whole press tour where all I do is lie — the truth is, and you’re not going to like the truth, I don’t know the answer to that question. This film for me was as special as an experience could ever be. Sharing the screen with these guys. Playing Spider-Man could be quite an alienating experience because, you know, we’re the only three blokes who have done it. So to share that with [Andrew and Tobey], it’s been such a wonderful experience, of which I have such amazing memories. There’s part of me that feels like it’s the perfect time to jump off the building and swing off into the sunset and let the next lucky young kid come in to don the suit. Or I might, I don’t know, buy a new house and need a paycheck and I’ll be back.Tom Holland
While a fourth film is in development, as revealed by Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige in December, Holland insists he’s unsure of his future as the web-slinger. The Cherry actor goes on to say:
I don’t know. I don’t know. I know I love this character, and I know that I am not ready to say goodbye…But if it’s time for me to say goodbye, then I will do so proudly, knowing that I’ve achieved everything I wanted to with this character, and sharing it with these boys will be forever one of the most special experiences of my career. So, if it’s time, it’s time. If it’s not, it’s not. But at the moment, I don’t know.Tom Holland
Considering the enormous success of the movie, there is little reason to think that Sony wants to replace Holland in the follow-up to No Way Home. His return (or lack thereof) will likely be confirmed sooner rather than later, as Sony is ramping up press on the film in a campaign for an Academy Award nomination for Best Picture.
Spider-Man: No Way Home is in theaters now.