Tom Holland is returning for another extended stint in the MCU, with Sony Producer Amy Pascal confirming that he will be returning for a future trilogy of Spider-Man movies that will be set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Another Spider-Man trilogy
Speaking to Fandango during an interview, Pascal confirmed that Tom Holland will return for another Spider-Man trilogy; she said that Marvel and Sony are going to keep going together as partners and that this is not the last movie they are going to make with Marvel. Pascal said that they are getting ready to make the next Spider-Man movie with Tom Holland and Marvel, and that they are thinking of it as three films.
However, the licensing issues around the Spider-Man character make things more complicated, because the rights to Spider-Man and the other characters (ie. His villains, allies, etc) are owned by Sony and not Disney.
The reason why the character was allowed to be integrated into the Marvel Cinematic Universe in the first place was because of an agreement between the two companies in 2015 that allowed Marvel to introduce Spider-Man into the MCU in exchange for Marvel Studios co-producing Spider-Man movies for Sony Pictures in that universe.
A dispute between Sony and Disney almost saw things fall apart in 2019 due to issues with profit-sharing negotiations regarding the MCU films, although things were later settled with the drafting of a new deal.
Tom Holland is returning
With Spider-Man: No Way Home nearing its release, Tom Holland previously said that he was ready to move on and that No Way Home was the end of the franchise, adding that he was ready to pass on the mantle to the next actor to play Peter Parker.
Holland previously said that maybe it is time for him to move on and that if he’s playing Spider-Man after he is 30, he’s done “something wrong”. He also previously added that whomever Marvel eventually casts as his replacement, he will take it upon himself to teach them about the responsibilities of being Spider-Man.
Spider-Man: No Way Home will be released in theaters on December 17.