Which potential cast members will return for Spider-man 4?

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June 12, 2024

Spider-Man 4 is still in development, so don’t expect it any time soon.

That doesn’t mean fans should lose faith, though, as this fourth movie in the MCU’s Spider-Man saga is likely to happen sooner or later. At least, Tom Holland is excited to return.

In April 2024, the actor said he’ll “always want to do more Spider-Man films” and confirmed they’re developing a new movie. However, Holland said they don’t want to rush into making a No Way Home sequel.

“We have the best in the business working toward whatever the story might be. But until we’ve cracked it, we have a legacy to protect. The third movie was so special in so many ways that we need to make sure we do the right thing,” he explained.

Despite not having an official confirmation, it seems Spider-Man 4 is in everybody’s minds. Sony Motion Pictures Group’s chairman Tom Rothman teased the new movie in May 2024, saying it will be “a significant event.”

Here’s what we know so far about Spider-Man 4.

Spider-Man 4 potential release date: When will Spider-Man 4 be out in cinemas?

Spider-Man 4 might be in development, but it doesn’t yet have a release date confirmed as of June 2024.

There had previously been two years between each Spider-Man movie in the MCU, but obviously we didn’t get Spider-Man 4 in December 2023, so we’ve settled in for a longer wait.

In fact, the fourth movie was said to be in the “very, very early stages” in June 2023, before that was affected by the strikes in Hollywood in 2023, so there is a long wait ahead of us.

Sony does have a release date for an untitled Marvel movie on June 27, 2025 so that’s a possible date for the return of Tom Holland’s webslinger, but things would have to start get moving soon.

Equally, that might be when Spider-Man: Beyond the Spider-Verse is delayed to, but we hope we don’t have to wait that long for the animated threequel.

All we can do is watch this space, and we’ll update when there’s any developments.

Spider-Man 4 cast: Will Tom Holland return as Spider-Man?

Initially, Tom Holland was a bit cagey about his future as Peter Parker, understandably.

After the release of Spider-Man: No Way Home, he said: “Maybe it is time for me to move on. I have to take Peter Parker into account as well, because he is an important part of my life,” and added: “If I’m playing Spider-Man after I’m 30, I’ve done something wrong.”

However, he then clarified those quotes, saying: “I don’t know what the future of Spider-Man looks like. I don’t know whether I’m going to be a part of it. Spider-Man will always live on in me, and I know that [producer] Amy [Pascal] and the studio are keen to figure out what the next chapter of Spider-Man looks like.

“If that happens to be with me, then that’s very exciting but, you know, if it’s time for me to walk away then I’ll do so proudly.”

He added in December 2023 that a fourth movie won’t be made for the “sake of making another one”.

“It will have to be worth the while of the character,” Holland outlined. “But that said, if we can figure that out, I would be a fool not to put the suit back on again because I owe everything to Spider-Man.”

There’s always the possibility that Holland could move into more of a mentor role for a new Spider-Man (Miles Morales, perhaps), but there are no teasers for that in No Way Home so we can only speculate for now.

We’d imagine that Zendaya and Jacob Batalon would return as MJ and Ned, respectively, but by the end of No Way Home, neither remembers Peter is Spider-Man.

That could mean MJ and Ned won’t be in a potential fourth movie, although we’re just speculating for now. Talking in April 2024, Batalon had no idea whether he’d be returning or not.

“I don’t know what any future holds for any of them in that world. I just feel like if things happen, they happen. I hope so. I definitely hope so. It’s sad that he has no friends anymore,” he told ComicBook.com.

Happy Hogan (Jon Favreau) doesn’t know Peter now either, but he does know Spider-Man, so he could be back again.

One person who definitely won’t be in it is Marisa Tomei, as Aunt May is tragically killed by the Green Goblin. The multiverse does offer the possibility of an alternate Aunt May (like the alternate Spider-Men), but we feel this won’t be done.

It’s also unlikely that Andrew Garfield or Tobey Maguire would return, again, to their roles, given that their brief but meaningful appearance in No Way Home is rectified as the plot reseals the multiverse up.

However, they do now have official MCU names as “Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man” (Maguire) and “The Amazing Spider-Man” (Garfield), so who’s to say they couldn’t swing by the MCU again?

Garfield would certainly be up for another team-up movie as long as the story called for it: “It would have to be something very unique, very special and serving to an audience and in service of the character.”

Kirsten Dunst wasn’t asked to come back as Mary-Jane Watson for No Way Home, but has always been open that she “would have” reprised the role. Could we see that in a new movie? Let’s hope so.

Could we see Tom Hardy as Eddie Brock and Venom in the fourth movie? He does appear in the No Way Home credits scene but is taken back to his own universe. (More on him later.)

Spider-Man 4 plot: Does No Way Home set up Spider-Man 4?

Short answer: not really. The climax effectively wraps up the trilogy and sets a blank slate for the future. The possibilities for that new movie are endless!

A potential fourth movie can do whatever it likes, whether that’s having Peter train up a new Spider-Man, a standalone adventure where he faces a new villain, or something else entirely.

“At the end of the movie we just made, you see Spider-Man make a momentous decision, one that you’ve never seen him make before. It’s a sacrifice. And that gives us a lot to work with for the next film,” Pascal teased to The New York Times.

One potential option is to deliver a long-awaited battle between Spider-Man and Venom on the big screen. As we saw in the Venom 2 credits scene, Eddie Brock and Venom are transported to the MCU.

It’s because of the botched spell that Doctor Strange casts, but he rectifies it at the end which means Eddie and Venom are taken back to their universe. A piece of the Venom symbiote is left behind though, so it could take over somebody in the MCU.

The first trailer for Venom 3 (also known as Venom: The Last Dance) features a nod to the ending of No Way Home, but it doesn’t reveal if there will be further connections between the Venom saga and the MCU.

We’d be surprised if the MCU set up its own Venom, though, as Tom Hardy is so popular with fans. So we imagine if the face-off is going to happen, they’ll manufacture a way for either Spidey to cross into Venom’s universe or vice-versa. It’s unlikely either way.

No Way Home also makes a fun nod to Ned’s villainous turn as Hobgoblin in the comics.

We think it’s unlikely we’ll see it play out on screen, but stranger things have happened in the MCU.

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