[Editor’s note: The following contains spoilers for Spider-Man: No Way Home.]
Spider-Man: No Way Home has been out for almost a month and has crushed box office expectations having the second-highest opening weekend of all time, beating out Avengers: Infinity War and landing behind Avengers: Endgame. Both of which also include Spider-Man in their large cast of characters. After the fallout between Marvel Studios and Sony was mended and an agreement was reached for Spider-Man to appear in two more MCU films, Spider-Man: No Way Home and another untitled MCU film. However, after the success of Spider-Man: No Way Home it looks like Spider-Man will now get another trilogy set within the MCU with the fourth film now in active development.
With such success, Tom Holland has now become a hot commodity. According to CheatSheet, “For his work in Captain America: Civil War, his first appearance in the MCU, it was rumored that he earned around $250,000. Then, for his first solitary film as the superhero, Spider-Man: Homecoming, it was reported that he made $500,000 plus bonuses for the box office success. In total, he made $1.5 million. For the second film of the trilogy, Spider-Man: Far From Home, he reportedly earned $4 million.” It is currently not known to the public what he was paid for Spider-Man: No Way Home, but according to Variety, “Holland’s asking price should leap into the low eight-figures… Now, he could be making $2 million to $5 million for independent movies and anywhere from $5 million to $10 million for a leading role in traditional studio’s commercial film.” To have Holland appear in non-Spider-Man centric films could become very expensive for Marvel Studios, but the events of Spider-Man: No Way Home may give the studio a way around paying Holland his full price.
At the end of the film, Doctor Strange completed his spell that made everyone forget who Peter Parker was thus sending all the multiverse villains and Spider-Men back to their own universes. Leaving Peter all alone moving forward as he chooses to remain in anonymity and not reintroduce himself to his friends. Although, while the world forgot who Peter Parker is they still remember who Spider-Man is. This means that the web-slinger is still a part of whatever is left of the Avengers, but they will not know who is under the mask. Therefore the untitled MCU film that the wall-crawler is appearing in is most likely the next Avengers film which is rumored to be an adaptation of Secret Wars.
So, for Spider-Man’s appearances in the MCU beyond his next appearance and outside his new trilogy, it would be simplest to have Spider-Man never remove his mask. This would allow Marvel Studios to have any stand-in or stunt performer wear the costume and have Holland provide the voice via ADR. Effectively doing what they did for Thomas Haden Church’s Sandman and Rhys Ifans’ the Lizard in Spider-Man: No Way Home. Actually, even simpler since the mask covers Peter’s mouth thus negating the need to scan Hollands face. In doing this Kevin Feige can cut down on the costs of having Spider-Man appear in other MCU projects while still giving the fans what they want… MORE Spider-Man! Doing something like this would also allow for Spider-Man to appear in Disney+ shows as well. Hopefully someone at Marvel Studios has considered this option and if not, we’ll know soon enough.
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