Tom Holland teases that Spider-Man: No Way Home will show Peter Parker’s ability to be “bad,” hinting at a different side to his MCU hero.
Peter Parker will have his villainous side shown in Spider-Man: No Way Home, according to Tom Holland. The actor is gearing up for his latest outing as the wall-crawler in the MCU, after first appearing in 2016’s Captain America: Civil War. While the actor of course can’t get into plot specifics about the movie given Marvel’s intense secrecy, Holland and other cast members have so far occasionally been able to tease small tidbits about what fans can expect from Peter Parker in the highly-anticipated MCU blockbuster.
There’s a lot to be excited about in Spider-Man: No Way Home. The movie will show the immediate fallout of Spider-Man: Far From Home’s ending, in which Peter’s superhero identity is revealed to the public. Aside from this, the film is also tied to Marvel Studios’ efforts in establishing their multiverse and how it connects to Sony’s own Spider-Man franchise. Villains from Sam Raimi and Marc Webb’s respective Spider-Man movies are set to appear, such as Doc Ock (Alfred Molina), Green Goblin (Willem Dafoe), and Electro (Jamie Foxx). In conjunction with the Spidey villains reprising their roles, there are also rumors that previous Spider-Men Andrew Garfield and Tobey Maguire are also somehow involved. But in terms of Holland’s Peter, the character will be tackling his biggest adventure yet, and it seems the story will also challenge his morals and principles.
Speaking with CBR as part of the press rounds for Spider-Man: No Way Home, Holland and co-star Zendaya talked about the different sides of Peter that will be shown in the threequel. Zendaya, who plays MJ, teases the immense pressure the young hero will feel when put in certain situations and that audiences will see “more sides” of him. Meanwhile, Holland adds that at one point in the blockbuster, fans will see Peter’s ability to “be bad.” Read the stars’ full comments below:
Zendaya: “We see so many more sides of Peter. All the characters, you know? We get to emotionally put them under a certain situation we’ve never cinematically seen. So you see them deal with different kinds of pressure, different kinds of scrutiny, different kinds of…”
Holland: “Yeah, and also Peter Parker’s ability to be bad. There’s something that happens in this film which I think fans will be very shocked by, which is really exciting and, for me, was something I loved bringing to the screen.”
This is an interesting revelation from Holland, especially since much of the conversations about Spider-Man: No Way Home have revolved around the multiverse and the potential appearance of previous Spider-Men. Oftentimes, Holland’s Peter is overlooked, which shouldn’t be the case given that the project is ultimately his film. The fact that the young hero may deal with an identity crisis that causes him to act upon potentially villainous tendencies is a great concept to tackle in the movie, especially with his Spider-Man predecessors possibly also involved. The question, however, is what could be the incident that motivates Peter to “be bad”? It would likely need to be something devastating to warrant Peter’s turn to the dark side, and could be a major character death. There are theories that Aunt May (Marisa Tomei) will meet her end in the threequel, based on previous Spider-Man: No Way Home trailers. Assuming that this is the case, it’s not outside the realm of possibility that this instigates Peter’s “bad” behavior.
In any case, seeing Peter grapple with his dark side in Spider-Man: No Way Home wouldn’t exactly be a new approach for Marvel Studios. The MCU tends to feature inherently good but complicated heroes. Even Captain America (Chris Evans), who is the epitome of truth and integrity in the franchise, made some mistakes himself. Presenting flawed heroes make them more relatable, motivating fans to be more invested in them. If Peter shows his “bad” side in Spider-Man: No Way Home, it will ultimately just make the character even more compelling and exciting.
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