Tom Holland has hinted that his time playing Spider-Man may be ending sooner than you think.
In a new interview with GQ, the 25-year-old said that if he’s still playing the web-slinger five years from now, something’s “wrong” with his career. And he even touched on the idea that a good future for the character would be to pursue a Miles Morales version of Spider-Man.
“Maybe it is time for me to move on. 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,” Holland said, adding, “If I’m playing Spider-Man after I’m 30, I’ve done something wrong.”
But that’s not to say Holland will definitely be done for good after “No Way Home.” Marvel and Sony had a huge falling out in the summer of 2019, just after “Spider-Man: Far From Home” came out, that led to the brief end of the rights-sharing deal that brought Spider-Man into the MCU. But they patched things up later that year with a new deal that not only made Sony’s “No Way Home” happen, but also locked down Holland to appear in at least one separate Marvel Studios movie.
Despite that, Holland is however talking like his time as Spidey might be over — he called the experience of suddenly not having a job as “very strange” and “kind of terrifying,” but also “really exciting.” We’ll see if Marvel actually lets Sony walk away without making good on the 2019 deal, however.
And throughout the interview, Holland discussed having new ambitions of not being an actor for the rest of his life, being able to meet someone and settle down, and even think about directing or moonlighting as a carpenter.
Up next for Holland is “Uncharted,” another potential franchise in which he stars as adventurer Nathan Drake in an adaptation of the PlayStation video game series alongside Mark Wahlberg. He told GQ that he sees the film as a test for whether audiences will follow his career outside of being a Marvel superhero.
“This is that moment of, like, ‘Can Tom Holland stand up on his own and be a leading man?’ I know that makes me sound like a dick for saying that,” Holland said. “But for me it is, ‘Can I do it without the Lycra?’”
“Spider-Man: No Way Home” opens in theaters on Dec. 17. Check out the full interview with Tom Holland via GQ.