‘Spider-Man 4’ Delayed for Key Reason, Tom Holland Says

Spider-Man: Far From Home (Credit: Sony Pictures)

Early planning on a fourth Spider-Man movie starring Tom Holland has been paused amid the ongoing Writers Guild of America strike.

Holland, who plays the webslinger alongside Zendaya as MJ, shared that update when asked about his potential return to the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

On Thursday night at the New York City premiere of his new Apple TV+ miniseries The Crowded Room, Holland told Variety he’s “been having meetings” with Marvel executives.

“I can’t talk about that, but I can say that we have been having meetings. We’ve put the meetings on pause in solidarity with the writers,” Holland said.

“There’s been multiple conversations had, but at this point it’s very, very early stages,” he added.

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Holland has appeared in the trilogy Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017), Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019), and Spider-Man: No Way Home (2021).

The fourth potential Spider-Man film is one of a growing number of movies and TV shows that have been put on hold since the strike began on May 2, over pay increases, residuals, the number of writers assigned to individual projects, and limiting the use of artificial intelligence in script writing.

Last week, former President Barack Obama called on the studios and streaming services to give writers a “fair share.”

“The fact is that they wouldn’t be around if it weren’t for writers who were creating the stories that matter,” Obama said about the studios. “I’m very supportive of the writers strike, and I’m hopeful that they get a fair share of the fruits of their labor.”

As for the Spider-Man franchise, the animated sequel Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse just arrived in theaters this weekend. The voice cast includes Shameik Moore, Hailee Steinfeld, Brian Tyree Henry, Luna Lauren Vélez, Jake Johnson, Jason Schwartzman, Issa Rae, Daniel Kaluuya, and Oscar Isaac.