Even if Spider-Man does indeed leave the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Tom Holland is coming back to play the character again in a third movie following the box office smash Spider-Man: Far From Home. Holland appeared at the Keystone Comic-Con in Philadelphia this weekend (after his separate appearance at Disney’s D23) where he confirmed there is “definitely more to come” for Spider-Man movies featuring him in the lead role, according to GameSpot sister site ComicBook.
In fact, Holland pointed out that he and the creative team have already pitched a third Spider-Man movie. It was previously confirmed that Far From Home writers Chris McKenna and Erik Sommers will return for the third movie, but it’s unknown if director Jon Watts will come back as well. For what it’s worth, it was recently reported that Marvel is now trying to hire Watts for another movie.
Whatever the case, Holland said the new Spider-Man movie will be “very different,” but whether or not that’s due to Spider-Man’s exit from the MCU is unknown.
“We sat down with some of our creatives. We pitched Spider-Man 3, which is going to be something very special, it’s going to be something very different,” Holland said.
Holland also spoke about his future as Spider-Man, and he spoke about Marvel in the past tense with Sony as his future.
“I’m just so grateful that Marvel changed my life and allowed my dreams to come true and Sony allowing me to continue living my dream,” he said. “It’s a crazy week and it’s never been done before so we’ll see how it goes and it’ll be as amazing and as fun.”
Last week, news broke that Disney and Marvel could not agree on terms regarding the future of Spider-Man movies. Sony holds the movie rights to Spider-Man, and years ago Sony and Disney agreed on terms to have Spider-Man join the MCU, beginning with Captain America: Civil War. That deal was never expected to last forever, and now it seems it is coming to an end.
Sony has a history of producing its own Spider-Man movies, as the company made the original Spider-Man films starring Tobey Maguire and later the Amazing Spider-Man franchise with Andrew Garfield.
Back in July, Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige talked about how the next Spider-Man movie will “have to do something completely different” due to the events of Far From Home. If you’ve seen the movie, you know what he’s talking about.
It is no surprise that Sony wants to make more Spider-Man movies with Holland, as Homecoming and Far From Home were enormously successful at the box office. Homecoming made $880 million at the box office, with Far From Home bringing in $1.11 billion to surpass Skyfall ($1.108 billion) to become Sony’s highest-grossing movie ever.
Even with Spider-Man leaving the MCU, Disney will continue to benefit from the character as it gets 100% of the money from Spider-Man merchandise. (Disney paid Sony a reported one-time $175 million for the merch rights, in addition to an annual royalty fee around $30 million)
In addition to Spider-Man, Sony is investing in Holland with the Uncharted movie where Holland plays a younger Nathan Drake. The movie recently lost director Dan Trachtenberg, but Holland is still on board and the movie aims to start shooting in early 2020.