Joe Russo, the co-director of Avengers Endgame, has revealed that Tom Holland will take the place of Robert Downey Jr. in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. As Tom Holland prepares to resume his role as Peter Parker in Spider-Man: No Way Home, fans are looking back at his time in the franchise.
But it’s unclear what will happen to him after the forthcoming Jon Watts-directed film, Russo’s recent statement suggests that he’ll stay in the world for a little while longer.
But one thing is becoming very clear: Tom Holland is making a strong case for the top man in the MCU, especially from a “box-office” and popularity perspective.
In 2015, Marvel Studios and Sony entered a historic partnership to bring to life another version of Spider-Man that would exist in the MCU. Soon after, Holland was cast in the role, and instead of diving straight to making another origins story, he was debuted in Captain America: Civil War instead. As Peter, he was recruited by Tony Stark for Team Iron Man in preparation for his fight with Captain America (Chris Evans).
Based on their interactions, it was clear that the actors had great chemistry together, so Marvel Studios decided to partner them up moving forward. Tony functioned as the reluctant mentor, while Peter was his prodigy. In the end, however, their relationship developed to become more of a father-son dynamic. Now that Iron Man is dead in the MCU, Downey has also officially exited the franchise, and despite clamor from fans to bring him back, there’s no clear indication that he’s returning — at least anytime soon.