You just can’t keep a friendly neighborhood Spider-Man down; after months of speculation and false starts, the production on Sony’s Spider-Man 3 was officially back on track with Peter Parker himself – actor Tom Holland – issuing a statement celebrated by Marvel True Believers the world over: “It’s time for Spider-Man 3. Let’s go!”
Holland’s announcement was picked up by our ritzy uptown cousins, MSN Entertainment, who proceeded to break this story open like a high school kegger. It seems that Holland’s comments posted to his Instagram Story come right on the heels of the young actor arriving in Atlanta, Georgia to commence filming on the web-slingers latest exploits. This latest bit of news marks an incredibly busy time for the rising star: Back in July Holland began work on a videogame to film adaptation that recently completed filming. The film – Uncharted – marks yet another potential studio tent-pole pic for the in-demand actor; clearly COVID is no match for some of the more powerful denizens of the Marvel Universe.
Following along with our young lead in this new adventure of Spidey is Doctor Strange himself, Benedict Cumberbatch (Atonement, 1917) who is reprising his popular sorcerer role in the Sony-Marvel partnered movie. Sources reveal that, sans former Jedi Master Tony Stark (A.K.A. Robert Downey Jr.), Doc Strange will be stepping into the oversized mentor shoes for an always conflicted and struggling Peter Parker and will also be partially behind the introduction of alternate earths to the new mythos.
Comic books have steeped themselves in the concept of a multiverse – or alternate realities – ever since the classic DC Flash of Two Worlds story in 1961’s Flash #123 and it appears that the latest Spider-Man flick will slowly begin to roll out their own version of same. They have a lot of cinematic Spidey lore to draw from as is evidenced by their casting of actor J.K. Simmons as Perry White-wannabe J. Jonah Jameson. Simmons originally essayed this part to good effect in the Sam Raimi-Tobey Maguire era of Spider-Man films and his return in this seemingly new continuity – along with that of Oscar winning actor Jamie Fox who reportedly is slipping back into his villainous part of Electro (again from the Raimi/Maguire iteration of the character) – portends a cosmos spanning, alternate reality meeting of other Spider-Men across the space time continuum. Could former Peter Parker’s Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield be swinging by for some more rooftop web-spinning? Only time – and those respective actor’s own busy schedules – will tell.
Director Jon Watts will be returning to helm Spider-Man 3 after directing the previous two in the series and the film will also feature the returning services of topline actors Zendaya, Jacob Batalon and Marisa Tomei