Tom Holland responds to the idea of taking the place of Robert Downey Jr. as a centerpiece of the MCU.
For those living under a rock, Marvel Studios’ Avengers: Endgame was the culmination of many sorts for the first three phases of the franchise. In particular, it was the culmination of the journey of Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), who was sent off in the film as he sacrificed his life to defeat Thanos (Josh Brolin). With him now gone, some have seen his protege Spider-Man (Tom Holland) as his heir apparent to take over his prominent slot as a significant figure in the MCU.
In response to a statement made by his Avengers: Endgame and Cherry co-director Joe Russo, in which the filmmaker proclaimed him as the natural successor to Robert Downey Jr. in the MCU, Tom Holland shared his honest thoughts on the idea to Josh Wilding:
“I mean, I wouldn’t necessarily say that I’m the face of the universe. I know that fans are really supportive and have responded massively to this franchise. I’m honored that Joe thinks that. But, the beautiful thing about the MCU is, whoever is the leader, if there ever is a leader again, you’re never alone. You have so many people that you can rely on and lean on, and people that I’ve now worked with for years and years. So, I don’t necessarily feel those pressures, but should I feel those pressures, then yes, I’ll call Downey and ask, yeah. I called him the other day for a piece of advice, and he was very kind.”
With Robert Downey Jr. likely out of the MCU for the forseeable future, it sure looks like the mentor relationship that Iron Man and Spider-Man have with each other translates to real life just like it does on screen. Now that Tom Holland will likely be promoted further as one of the most significant faces of the MCU moving forward, he can always give his mentor a call while also relying on the support of his fellow co-stars to share the responsibility of representing the franchise.
Here is the synopsis for Tom Holland’s Spider-Man: No Way Home:
“For the first time in the cinematic history of Spider-Man, our friendly neighborhood hero’s identity is revealed, bringing his Super Hero responsibilities into conflict with his normal life and putting those he cares about most at risk. When he enlists Doctor Strange’s help to restore his secret, the spell tears a hole in their world, releasing the most powerful villains who’ve ever fought a Spider-Man in any universe. Now, Peter will have to overcome his greatest challenge yet, which will not only forever alter his own future but the future of the Multiverse.”
Directed by Jon Watts from a script written by Chris McKenna and Erik Sommers, No Way Home stars Tom Holland, Zendaya, Jacob Batalon, Tony Revolori, Martin Starr, J.B. Smoove, Marisa Tomei, Jon Favreau, Benedict Wong, Benedict Cumberbatch, Willem Dafoe, Alfred Molina, and Jamie Foxx, with Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield heavily rumored to appear.
Spider-Man: No Way Home will hit theaters on December 17, 2021. Stay tuned for all the latest news surrounding the film as well as the possible future of Robert Downey Jr. in the MCU, and be sure to subscribe to Heroic Hollywood’s YouTube channel for more original video content.