Tom Holland’s Spider-Man has more than established himself as a fan favorite. The MCU’s Peter Parker now has six blockbuster appearances under his belt, including mega-hits like Avengers: Endgame and Spider-Man: No Coming Home. Additionally, Disney+ is developing an animated series, Spider-Man: Year One who’s about to take a look at Peter’s early days as a Web-Slinger, before his live-action introduction in 2016 Captain America: Civil War.
This isn’t the first time Marvel Studios’ Spider-Man has appeared in one of its animated projects. Peter, or a variant of him, appeared in the fifth episode of What if…? as a survivor of a zombie outbreak. First yearhowever, will undoubtedly have a sunnier tone than this particular episode.
In What if…?, however, Parker was not voiced by Tom Holland; instead, actor and singer Hudson Thames took over the role in the Animated Sphere. And now it looks like the new Spidey animated series will have another somewhat glaring omission.
Tom Holland wouldn’t be a freshman
According to a report from The Illuminerdi, Tom Holland will not be providing any voice acting for the upcoming Spider-Man: Freshman Year Disney+ series. It is unknown at this time who will play the role of Peter Parker / Spider-Man for the series.
Why isn’t Holland coming back?
There could be several reasons why Tom Holland isn’t reprising his role as Spider-Man for First year.
First, the actor may have simply not wanted to commit to voicing the character on the show. It could be a matter of a lack of time in his schedule, or maybe there was no room in the budget to cast such a high-profile star. It’s also possible that Marvel Studios didn’t offer Holland enough money to do the show, though that seems less likely with Holland’s enthusiasm for the character.
Maybe it could also be a rights issue with Sony Pictures? The studio, of course, owns the film rights to the Spider-Man character. And while Marvel themselves possess the ability to produce animated series featuring the crawler, First year could be something of a gray area as he is specifically intended to be the MCU version of the character.
It could also be that Marvel just wants a more experienced voice actor in the role. Acting on screen and on stage is one thing, but experts always note how voice acting is often a completely different beast. What works for an actor in live-action doesn’t necessarily translate to character expression in an animated production.
Of course, with Tom Holland not returning, what does that mean for his franchise co-stars? Will Marisa Tomei, Jacob Batalon and Zendaya return to play May, Ned and MJ respectively? That remains to be seen, but Marvel Studios Is an animation-focused panel will be held at SDCC on Friday, July 22. Perhaps additional information about the series will be revealed there?
It is currently unknown when Marvel Studios Spider-Man freshman year will reach Disney+, but the best guess is that it will be gearing up for a 2023 release.