Spider-Man theory: Tom Holland to be replaced by Miles Morales in next trilogy

Spider-Man theory: Tom Holland to be replaced by Miles Morales in next trilogy

01/11/2022

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Spider-Man is once again the focus of Hollywood after No Way Home’s meteoric success at the box office. The question remains over who will continue to be Spider-Man, as Tom Holland has hinted at stepping away from the Marvel series, “maybe it is time for me to move on,” he told GQ last month. Now is the perfect time to bring in Miles Morales, a character that has already proven his popularity in both Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse and Spider-Man PS4.

Ahead of Spider-Man: NWH’s release, Holland shocked fans by suggesting he was stepping away from the iconic Marvel role. Speaking to Sky News, he said: “I don’t even know if I want to be an actor.”

Holland continued: “I started acting when I was 11 and I haven’t done anything else, so I’d like to go and do other things. Genuinely, I’m sort of… having a midlife crisis – at 25, I’m having like a pre-midlife crisis.”

Of course, the staggering box office success may have swayed Holland back to the franchise, but when Sony confirmed the next set of films, the star’s name was not attached to them.

Speaking to GQ, Holland said: “Maybe what’s best for Spider-Man is that they do a Miles Morales film. I have to take Peter Parker into account as well because he is an important part of my life. If I’m playing Spider-Man after I’m 30, I’ve done something wrong.”

Spider-Man: NWH is the last film on Holland’s current contract with Sony/Marvel, freeing him to pursue other projects if he wishes.

At first, it seemed as though Holland’s new trilogy was secured, with Sony executive producer Amy Pascal quickly confirming it ahead of the NWH release. However, Sony itself hasn’t backed up the confirmation, and since then Pascal has backed away from her concrete previous statement.

On the red carpet of NWH, Pascal was asked again about the next trilogy, to which she simply said “if I have my way we will” see a new trilogy.

With Holland’s future with Sony in flux, it wouldn’t be hard for Marvel to make the switch to Miles, as there have been a few references to the next generation webhead in the Home trilogy.

The first came way back in Homecoming when Spider-Man encountered Aaron Davis (played by Donald Glover). The character is the alter-ego of The Prowler, one of Miles’ greatest villains and his uncle.

During their meeting, Aaron is actually on the phone, only to say “I’ll call you back, Miles,” before talking to the webcrawler. This proves without a doubt that Miles is out there somewhere in the MCU.

The Prowler featured heavily in Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, the animated spin-off focusing on Miles (voiced by Shameik Moore). The nemesis was voiced by Mahershala Ali in the film, not Glover.

The second piece of evidence comes in NWH, during the final moments of the film. After the climactic battle around the new Statue of Liberty, Andrew Garfield’s Spidey defeats Electro (Jamie Foxx).

Garfield then takes his mask off in front of Electro, much to the disappointment of the supervillain. “I thought you’d be a brother”, Electro remarks, with Spidey replying: “On, I’m sorry.” Then Electro confidently says that “there has to be a black Spider-Man” out there somewhere – a clear reference to Miles.

While the introduction of Miles may not have been the immediate plan by Sony, Holland’s comments combined with the references in the universe point to it being an inevitablity.

However, if Miles is not introduced through the Donald Glover connection, there is another way it could happen. Phil Lord and Chis Miller are currently in development on the Spider-Verse sequels, Into the Spider-Verse Part 1& 2.

Holland’s Spider-Man could swing over into the animated world during it, providing the perfect opportunity for Miles to leap into live-action. MJ star Zendaya and Holland have both shared their hopes to enter the Spider-Verse as well.

Speaking to SyFy Wire with regards to the animated films, Zendaya said: “Love them and I’m just waiting for the phone call. Guys, call us. Put us in your movie, we want to be in it.”

Holland added: “Amy actually asked me on the set of this movie and no one has come back to me.” With Zendaya adding: “Yeah, what the heck?”

Miles’ introduction into the MCU will be a major turning point in the franchise, as the character has not appeared in live-action before. Immensely popular in the animated film and the system-seller Spider-Man: Miles Morales, it seems it’s just a matter of time before he appears.

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