Tom Holland as Peter Parker in Spider-Man: No Way Home

Another Spider-Man Movie Is Already In The Works

It's all still very much up in the air.

by Ani Bundel
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Spider-Man: No Way Home officially had the most successful opening weekend of any of the standalone Marvel franchise movies, bringing in over $250 million in three days, second only to the two final Avengers films in 2018 and 2019. The film marked the end of what fans refer to as the “Home” trilogy (along with Homecoming and Far From Home), and its ending seemed to suggest Spidey’s exit from the Marvel Cinematic Universe. But don’t despair! Spider-Man 4 is already in active development as a co-production between Sony and the MCU.

Warning: Spoilers for Spider-Man: No Way Home follow. No Way Home opened with Peter Parker winding up on Dr. Strange’s doorstep, begging for help. J. Jonah Jameson had revealed his true identity, and it not only ruined his life, but also MJ and Ned’s college dreams. Then, the spell to fix all this went wrong, opening up a multiverse of cameo appearances by villains and superheroes from previous iterations of the franchise from before Sony and the MCU teamed up for the Tom Holland-led trilogy. In the end, Dr. Strange wiped Peter Parker from the collective memory of the world.

The result is basically a soft reboot of the Spidey franchise. The Avengers have forgotten him; Nick Fury will no longer come calling; his Iron Man tech is gone. Both MJ and Ned have no idea who he is, allowing them to go to college and end their three-movie contracts with completed story arcs. Alone in the big city, Parker drops out of high school, gets his GED, and becomes the smalltime “friendly neighborhood Spider-Man” of Sony’s original envisioning.

This allows the franchise to start anew, creating a possibly second trilogy of Spider-Mans 4, 5, and 6, starring Tom Holland as 20-something Peter Parker. Let’s talk about it.

Spider-Man 4 Updates

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Before Spider-Man: No Way Home hit theaters, Sony producer Amy Pascal was out ahead of rumors that Tom Holland’s time in the franchise was over. She revealed that Sony had already signed Holland for at least three more movies, meaning another Holland-led trilogy is expected to come.

After the movie’s release, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige substantiated Pascal’s statement, further confirming that although Holland’s Spidey might be forgotten for now by the characters, the MCU’s memory wasn’t affected. Speaking to the New York Times, Feige said, “[Sony producer] Amy Pascal and I, and Disney and Sony are actively beginning to develop where the story goes next.”

Spider-Man 4 Cast

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The change-up of Spider-Man from Stark protégé to superhero struggling to make ends meet in a railroad apartment in a homemade costume means the series has a wide field to explore. Tom Holland is expected return, but beyond that, nothing is certain. Aunt May is dead; Happy Hogan has no idea who Peter is; MJ and Ned are heading to MIT and starting their lives in Boston.

Although some new MCU characters might meet up with Parker and discover the friendly neighborhood Spidey for the first time, the series could decide not to go that route. And let’s not forget that Tom Hardy cameo in the mid-credits scene, in which a drop of Venom is left behind. Does this mean a second Tom Hardy in the MCU? Or will this be a whole new symbiote?

There are so many ways this could go that trying to speculate — at least at this stage — is a fool’s errand.

Spider-Man 4 Title

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One thing fans can probably bank on: The “Home” theme is over, although the next trilogy will likely have a titular angle for all three installments to orbit as well.

Spider-Man 4 Trailer

With Spider-Man: No Way Home still raking in the big bucks in theaters, there’s no trailer for Spider-Man 4. However, the post-credits scene turned out to be a surprise trailer for Dr. Strange and the Multiverse of Madness. With no MCU titles confirmed until mid-spring of 2022, that will have to tide everyone over for now.

Spider-Man 4 Premiere Date

Like everything beyond Marvel’s current Phase 4, Spider-Man’s new trilogy has no inkling of a release date. But considering how packed the MCU’s dance card is into 2023, fans will probably not see another solo Spidey outing until at least 2024.