Tom Holland Reveals Why He Doubted Spider-Man: No Way Home's First Pitch

By Russ Milheim Updated:
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After Spider-Man: Far From Home shattered Peter Parker's life, fans have been eagerly awaiting the continuation to one of the biggest cliffhangers that the webhead has ever seen. With Spider-Man's identity now known to the public, it's hard to imagine the story getting even crazier; but it did.

The announcement of Jamie Foxx and Alfred Molina returning in Spider-Man: No Way Home as their respective former Spidey villains was mind-blowing, to say the least. In Molina's case, fans haven't seen the villain in action for nearly two decades.

Anticipation and hype for the film grew exponentially when it was learned that even more former villains were potentially set to join the fray, including the likes of Willem Dafoe's Green Goblin, Thomas Haden Church's Sandman, and Rhys Ifans' Lizard.

The cherry on top? Those pesky, but consistent, rumors that both Andrew Garfield and Tobey Maguire would be returning as their respective Spider-Men.

It's hard to believe that all of these things could be pulled off—the film's star Tom Holland initially felt that very same way.

Tom Holland Thought, 'No Way'

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In a sit down with EmpireSpider-Man: No Way Home's Peter Parker himself, Tom Holland, was on hand to discuss the crazy happenings of the upcoming film.

Admittedly, after being told the first pitch, the actor thought that "there [was] just no way [it was going] to work:"

"When I was first pitched the idea, I was like, ‘Wow, that would be awesome if we could pull it off’... But there’s just no way it’s going to work. You’re just not going to be able to get everyone to do what they need to do. It’s just not going to happen.’ But it did happen. And it’s crazy.”

The Insanity of Spider-Man: No Way Home

It's completely understandable for Holland to believe that what Marvel Studios and Sony were trying to do was impossible. All of those actors are spread out around the world, the majority of whom are very busy people; some are even all but retired. Yet somehow, Marvel Studios was able to convince them to make it work.

Fan reactions to seeing Alfred Molina in the first trailer, let alone just his Doc Ock arm, was on a whole other level. That was only one villain. It's hard to fathom how audiences will react when they see all of the other villains, and potentially even Maguire and Garfield.

Even though the first trailer didn't drop that long ago, fans are already clamoring for another look. With Eternals releasing in a couple of weeks on November 5, it would make sense for Marvel and Sony to want a trailer ready to play alongside the latest MCU release.

But then again, the marketing for Spider-Man: No Way Home hasn't been the most conventional. Over a month after the first trailer, and the film doesn't even have an official poster.

At the very least, fans know that they'll be able to witness Parker's next crazy adventure when it hits theaters on December 17.

- In This Article: Spider-Man: No Way Home
Release Date
December 17, 2021
- About The Author: Russ Milheim
Russ Milheim is the Industry Relations Coordinator at The Direct. On top of utilizing his expertise on the many corners of today’s entertainment to cover the latest news and theories, he establishes and maintains communication and relations between the outlet and the many studio and talent representatives.