Tom Holland Calls “Dark and Sad” Spider-Man: No Way Home “Not Fun”

“Peter Parker is always someone who’s looking up,” continues Holland. “He’s always really positive. He’s always like, ‘I can fix this. I can do this.’ Whereas in this film, he feels like he’s met his match. He’s like, ‘I don’t know what to do.’ That was an aspect of the character that I’d never seen before, and I was really, really excited to try to tackle.”

Indicatively, the core of Holland-starring solo superhero films Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017), Spider-Man: Far from Home (2019) and Spider-Man: No Way Home (2021)—now collectively known as the Homecoming Trilogy—is Peter’s relationships with those closest to him, specifically aunt May Parker (Marisa Tomei), love interest M.J. (Zendaya) and best pal Ned Leeds (Jacob Batalon). Indeed, the films have heavily focused on the effect that Peter’s web-swinging alter ego exploits has on these relationships. Thus, as the No Way Home trailer reveals, Peter’s desperation to fix his broken life leads to a plea to former Avengers: Infinity War and Endgame ally Doctor Strange to conjure the aforementioned spell, which would ideally make the world forget the devastating dox. However, the Doctor discloses the crucial last-second caveat that the mass memory wipe would also affect his loved ones, inciting Peter to abruptly attempt a stop; an attempt that would not only prove unsuccessful, but result in a twisted, apparently-amalgamated universe.

While the extent of the spell’s effects is not quite clear at this point, Holland’s comments seem to indicate that there will be a lasting effect, potentially on the relationships that have been so integral to Peter in the Homecoming Trilogy. This would explain the darker demeanor that Holland is teasing of Peter’s character. Moreover, it’s an idea that’s further backed by Holland’s comments to EW back in October, which seemed to treat No Way Home in a curiously bittersweet manner, referring to it as “the end of a franchise.”

Indeed, while Holland is most likely set for further web-swinging in the MCU and Sony’s MCU-adjacent Spidey spinoffs, this film is clearly set to turn a prominent page, especially when it comes to Peter’s inner circle. This idea was made especially clear in his recollection of shooting the last scene with Zendaya and Batalon, which he described as “heartbreaking, but also really exciting because we’re all moving into the next chapter of our careers,” and also called it “the best day I’ve ever had on set. I don’t think I’ve cried like that ever.”

It will be interesting to see if Spider-Man: No Way Home proves to be a marathon of movie moroseness hidden inside an exciting popcorn-friendly Trojan horse of hype. However, Holland is clearly stoked for its imminent arrival, further stating: “I haven’t seen the film yet but I’ve seen pieces of the film, and it’s the best work we’ve ever done. It’s the best Spider-Man film that we’ve ever made. I really don’t think fans are at all ready for what they’ve put together. I know that I’m not ready, and I know that it’s going to be brutal.”

Spider-Man: No Way Home lands at theaters on Dec. 17. It will be followed up in some manner with MCU sequel Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness on May 6, 2022. However, before that, further Spider-Verse implications seem destined to be displayed in cold-intro spinoff film Morbius, which arrives on Jan. 28.

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