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Tom Holland ponders a Miles Morales takeover of Spider-Man: 'Maybe it is time for me to move on'

Will the now-veteran star step aside for a younger replacement?

By Matthew Jackson

It's been six years since Tom Holland was announced as Spider-Man in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, joining an already crowded cast of superheroes that he's seen since expand and evolve over the course of one Captain America movie, two Avengers movies, and two Spider-Man solo adventures. He's already played Spider-Man in more films than his predecessors, Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield, and with Spider-Man: No Way Home he will tie Maguire's record of solo films by completing a trilogy that began with Spider-Man: Homecoming, and he'll do it at the age of just 25. 

It's been a whirlwind, one that's led to numerous other opportunities even as he continues to be part of the MCU machine, but Holland is already wondering: What if it's time to hang the suit up soon?

In a massive new profile of the actor over at GQ, Holland discussed everything from his feeling of responsibility as a superhero actor to his time training for the upcoming Uncharted movie to his work actually pitching a new climactic sequence for No Way Home in the middle of filming. He also, of course, looked to the future, and in the process wondered aloud if there'd be a point soon where he felt he'd done enough with Spider-Man. Instead, he said, it might be time to let another character step forward.

“Maybe it is time for me to move on," Holland said. "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. If I’m playing Spider-Man after I’m 30, I’ve done something wrong.”

Producer Amy Pascal, who's shepherded Holland's reign as Spider-Man alongside Marvel's Kevin Feige, has other ideas.

“I’ve talked to him about doing, like, 100 more,” she told GQ. “I’m never going to make Spider-Man movies without him. Are you kidding me?”

Before Holland was cast as Peter Parker back in 2015, there were calls within various corners of superhero fandom to make the MCU Spider-Man Miles Morales from the outset. An Afro-Latino kid first introduced as the new Ultimate Spider-Man in 2011, has proven so popular over the last 10 years that he's been integrated into the main Marvel Comics universe, starred in a hit video game, and even gotten his own Oscar-winning animated film with Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. But despite hints, the character has yet to be seen in live-action, which means he still could be brought forward at an appropriate time to replace Holland's Peter Parker in the MCU. 

Still, even as he ponders the notion, Holland also concedes he's not necessarily ready to give up the role, especially with five years left until he hits 30. 

“I might start shooting The Crowded Room and go, ‘You know what, this is what I’m going to do for the rest of my life,'" he said. "Or I might do Spider-Man 4, 5, and 6, finish when I’m 32, and never make another. I’m not sure what I want to do.”

If Marvel and Sony do opt to bring Miles into live action down the line, there's also plenty of precedent to have two Spider-Men running around New York City at the same time (that's literally the status quo in the Marvel Comics universe right now) — with plenty of team-up comics to potentially mine for ideas on how to pull it off.

Spider-Man: No Way Home is in theaters December 17.