What Could Be Next For Spider-Man On The Big Screen?
How do you follow the making of a masterpiece with an iconic fan-favorite character that took fan service to the next level? It’s a question Sony Pictures and Marvel Studios may have already found the answer to in their respective secret lairs.
Tom Holland, who starred as Peter Parker and Spidey in the last three Spider-Man movies and various Marvel movies, said he won’t be playing the iconic hero forever, but also expressed that he might be ready to come back. Andrew Garfield, who stole various scenes during his triumphant return as the Web-Slinger in Spider-Man: No Coming Home in December, told Variety earlier this week that he “has no plans” to return as Spider-Man.
To be fair, Garfield might not want to enter truth contests again after repeatedly lying (the right move) about being in No coming home. Like Holland and Garfield, fans also campaigned for another Tobey Maguire Spider-Man project after seeing blockbuster OG Parker return in No coming home.
Regardless, after Spider-Man: No Coming Homethe resounding success of as the third highest-grossing domestic film of all time ($781,623,905 via Box Office Mojo), ahead of Avatarand the end of the movie/post-credits scene creating possibilities for at least two Spider-Men to exist in separate universes, we asked the Spider-Man expert and author of the book With Great Power: How Spider-Man Conquered Hollywood in the Golden Age of Comic Book Blockbusters (November 1), Sean O’Connell, what might be next for everyone’s favorite wall-crawler on the big screen.
“My personal belief is that they’re going to have a Spider-Man on Sony’s side; there are now two universes in existence and the way they showed Venom going back and forth between the two meant there was a clear distinction between what happened, they called it “The Sony Pictures universe of Marvel characters,’ and I think it’s going to be Andrew,” O’Connell, who is also CinemaBlend’s general manager, said via Zoom.
“I wouldn’t be surprised if Andrew ends up becoming the Spider-Man that is in this universe, and I think Tom will continue as Spider-Man in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Now that they’ve moved a piece of the A symbiote to the MCU, he was left on the bar when Eddie Brock was fired wherever he was.
“So far we’ve only seen San Francisco in this Sony universe of Marvel characters. I don’t understand why, and when we spoke to Andy Serkis, who directed Venom: let there be carnagehe was talking about the Ravencroft (“Institute For The Criminally Insane”) that they show in his movies, and he called it “Ravencroft West”, which means there’s a Ravencroft East, and I just wouldn’t be Not surprised if there’s a Spider-Man in the New York of the Venom movies and maybe that Spider-Man just happens to be Andrew Garfield.
Even though Garfield and Emma Stone aren’t an item like they were when filming. The Amazing Spider-Man movies (2012, 2014), O’Connell isn’t ruling out his return as an upgrade to fan-favorite Marvel character Spider-Gwen.
“Yeah, that would be fantastic,” Sean, also an author Free the Snyder Cut: The Crazy True Story Behind the Fight That Saved Zack Snyder’s Justice League (2021) said. “Mostly just because the selling point of these Marc Webb (The Amazing Spider-Man 1 and 2 director) films were their chemistry. Now it’s a bit complicated because they were a couple at the time and that helped their chemistry a lot, and now she’s married with a kid and they’ve moved on.
“But, would I like to see them try to rekindle some of that chemistry on screen? Absoutely. And because Into the Spider-Verse (2018) did such a great job of introducing the character of Spider-Gwen, you can bring her into live action. Yeah, Emma makes a lot of sense.