For decades, Peter Parker has brought a young and joyful excitement to Marvel, notably through his appearances in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but actor Tom Holland recently indicated that the next Spider-Man: No Way Home won’t be the lighthearted adventure most fans are expecting.
The Spider-Man films have often been a source of levity in the franchise, owing not only to the fact that the character is a teenager, but also with the fact that his standalone films don’t really focus on world-ending threats, but the disastrous changes for the new film appear to make for a more macabre experience. On December 17th, Spider-Man: No Way Home will be released in cinemas.
“What people will be really surprised about is that it’s not fun, this film,” Hollands explained to Total Film, per GamesRadar. “It’s dark and it’s sad, and it’s going to be really affecting. You’re going to see characters that you love go through things that you would never wish for them to go through. And I was just really excited to kind of lean into that side of Peter Parker.”
He continued, “Peter Parker is always someone who’s looking up. 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.”