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As Sony prepares for the release of Uncharted later this month, Tom Holland is once again back on the global press circuit. But even as the cultural consciousness moves over to his portrayal of treasure hunter Nathan Drake, reporters are still ravenous for information about Spider-Man, especially when it comes to the question of whether or not Holland will return for another trilogy post-No Way Home.
"We've had conversations about the potential future of Spider-Man, but at the moment they are conversations," the actor recently admitted to Entertainment Weekly. "We don't know what the future looks like."
Holland added that he's not actively thinking about Peter Parker's next adventure when No Way Home is still doing gangbusters at the box office in direct defiance of the COVID-19 health crisis. "I'm still riding the wave of the success of the film and enjoying that," he said.
His comments jive with those made by Sony Pictures CEO and Chairman Tom Rothman at the Los Angeles premiere of No Way Home in December. Speaking with Variety on the red carpet, Rothman clarified a sound bite from longtime Spider-Man producer and former Sony Pictures executive, Amy Pascal, who previously claimed that a second trilogy was already moving forward.
"I will confirm that my dear sister-in-arms, Amy, is a very optimistic person. That's what I will confirm," Rothman said. "The reality is no, nothing is set; nothing has been determined. But, on the other hand, everything is still possible."
Around the same time, Holland mulled over the possibility of hanging up the super-suit to make way for the next arachnoid hero. "Maybe you have a Spider-Gwen or a Spider-Woman," he said in discussion with People. "We've had three Spider-Mans in a row; we've all been the same. It'd be nice to see something different. I've spent the last six years being so focused on my career. I want to take a break and focus on starting a family and figuring out what I want to do outside of this world."
He made similar remarks during a recent virtual roundtable with fellow wall-crawlers, Andrew Garfield and Tobey Maguire:
"The truthful answer — and I've done a whole press tour where all I do is lie — [is] you're not gonna like the truth: I don't know the answer to that question. This film, for me, was as special as an experience could ever be, sharing the screen with these guys. Playing Spider-Man can be quite an alienating experience because we're the only three blokes who have done it. So to share that with you two and for it to have been such a wonderful experience — of which I have such amazing memories — I don't know...There's part of me that feels like it's the perfect time to jump off the building and swing off into the sunset and let the next lucky young kid come in to don the suit. I know I love this character and I know that I am not ready to say goodbye, but if it is time for me to say goodbye, then I will do so proudly, knowing that I have achieved everything I wanted to with this character. And sharing with these boys will be forever one of the most special experiences of my career. So if it's time, it's time; if it's not, it's not. But at the moment, I don't know."
Spider-Man: No Way Home is currently playing in theaters everywhere. With $1.738 billion in box office returns, it is now the sixth-highest grossing movie of all time from a global standpoint. Domestically speaking, No Way Home has racked up $736 million, making it the fourth-highest grossing North American movie of all time after Star Wars The Force Awakens, Avengers: Endgame, and Avatar.
Uncharted arrives on the big screen Friday, Feb. 18.