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Sony's Motion Picture Group chairman, Tom Rothman, says he hopes that Tom Holland, Zendaya and Jon Watts all return to the Spider-Man franchise in the future.
In 2021, the newest edition of the latest trilogy, Spider-Man: No Way Home was released.
It was a commercial and critical success, earning an astonishing initial $1.893 billion from a budget of $200m. The movie saw Spider-Man come up against foes from parallel universes, Electro, the Green Goblin and Doctor Octopus while receiving help from other forms of the Webslinger, with Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield reprising their roles from their own films.
The movie ended with the entire world forgetting about the existence of Peter Parker, including his girlfriend MJ, and so it appeared that Holland's Spidey reached the end of the narrative cycle.
Holland himself suggested as much, telling Deadline: "There definitely was a sense for me, as an actor, that this was the last time that I could potentially don the suit. So a lot of that emotion came from the act of saying goodbye, which is one of the biggest themes throughout this film."
Will Holland play Spider-Man again?
Nothing has been confirmed about the future of the Spider-Man franchise as of yet, but Rothman says plans will materialise as soon as the focus shifts from the sequel to Into the Spiderverse.
"We have our Marvel business, which breaks into three tranches," the Sony chairman told Deadline.
"There are the Spider-Man movies, and we're currently at work on two Spider-Verse sequels to our Oscar winning animated movie, with Lord and Miller. We hope to get working on the next Spider-Man movie.
"That whole group, we hope," he continued, when asked about Holland and Zendaya returning.
"Then there are movies I would call adjunct to the Spider-Man universe. That's Kraven, which we're shooting now, and Madame Web, which we'll start in the spring with SJ Clarkson directing.
"And then there are many Marvel characters that are standalone. When I took over Sony, it was said, 'Oh, Sony has no IP '. Not true.
"We actually had fantastic IP. We just needed to focus on it. We had Jumanji, Bad Boys, Uncharted, Ghostbusters. Just before I got here, they took a turn down a road that didn’t work out that well."