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Tom Holland says ‘Spider-Man: No Way Home’ cast treated film like “end of a franchise”

"I don't think I've cried like that ever"

By Hollie Geraghty

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Tom Holland made his third stand-alone appearance as Peter Parker in 'No Way Home'. (Photo: Sony)

Tom Holland has said that the cast of ‘Spider-Man: No Way Home’ treated the film as “the end of a franchise”.

In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, the British actor said it felt like the trilogy was coming to an end and that there was a heavy atmosphere within the cast. 

“We were all treating [‘No Way Home’] as the end of a franchise, let’s say,” he said. “I think if we were lucky enough to dive into these characters again, you’d be seeing a very different version. It would no longer be the ‘Homecoming’ trilogy.”

Speaking about fellow cast members Zendaya and Jacob Batalon, Holland said: “We’ve been making these films for five years now. We’ve had such an amazing relationship, the three of us. We’ve been with each other every step of the way. We’ve done every single film, every single press tour. So this one scene, [we didn’t know] if this would be the last time [we were all working together].”

He added: “[It] was heartbreaking but also really exciting because we’re all moving into the next chapter of our careers. So sharing that moment with them was maybe the best day I’ve ever had on set. I don’t think I’ve cried like that ever.”

‘No Way Home’ is Holland’s third solo ‘Spider-Man’ film, after ‘Homecoming’ in 2017, and ‘Far From Home’ in 2019.

The third instalment’s synopsis reads: “With Spider-Man’s identity now revealed, our friendly neighborhood web-slinger is unmasked and no longer able to separate his normal life as Peter Parker from the high stakes of being a superhero. 

“When Peter asks for help from Doctor Strange, the stakes become even more dangerous, forcing him to discover what it truly means to be Spider-Man.”

Holland also shared his excitement about Alfred Molina’s return, who played Doctor Octopus in the 2004 ‘Spider-Man 2’.

“It was really fun to watch him see how technology has advanced,” he said. “When he was making these films, the arms were puppets, and when we did it, they’re all imaginary and CG. It was quite cool to see him relive it, but also relearn it.”

He also called him “one of my favorite people I’ve ever worked with.”

‘Spider-Man No Way Home is released in the UK on December 17 2021.