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Marvel Replacing Tom Holland As Spider-Man In An Upcoming MCU Project


The Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) has been home to many iconic characters, and Spider-Man, portrayed by Tom Holland, has been one of the standout figures since his introduction in Captain America: Civil War in 2016. However, recent developments suggest that there might be a change on the horizon for our beloved wallcrawler.

A New Voice for Spider-Man


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The Freshman Year Surprise

A recent copyright filing for several of Marvel’s upcoming Phase 5 Disney+ projects has revealed a significant change (via Giant Freakin Robot). The highly anticipated Spider-Man: Freshman Year animated series will not feature Tom Holland as the voice of Spider-Man. Instead, Hudson Thames will be taking on the role of the arachnid-themed hero.

Thames’ History with Spider-Man

Interestingly, this isn’t the first time Thames has stepped into the shoes of Spider-Man. He previously voiced the character in a single episode of Marvel’s 2021 animated series What if…?. While it’s common for animated versions of live-action characters to be voiced by different actors, this decision has certainly raised eyebrows.

Marvel’s Tradition with Animated Counterparts


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The Usual Marvel Approach

Marvel has a history of having its actors voice their animated counterparts. Notable names like Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Tom Hiddleston, and even the late Chadwick Boseman have lent their voices to the What If…? series. The exceptions to this trend have been few, with Robert Downey Jr. and Chris Evans being notable holdouts.

The Mystery of Holland’s Absence

Tom Holland’s absence from the Spider-Man: Freshman Year series is intriguing, especially since he reportedly signed a new deal with Marvel Studios and Sony Pictures in 2022. This deal assured fans that he would be reprising his role as Spider-Man in future MCU projects.

Possible Reasons for the Change


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Financial Considerations

One theory suggests that Hudson Thames, while talented, might command a smaller salary than Tom Holland, who has become a major star thanks to his role in the MCU. With Disney reportedly facing financial challenges, opting for a more affordable voice actor could be a strategic move.

Holland’s Sabbatical from Acting

Another plausible reason is Tom Holland’s announced break from acting. He revealed in June that he would be taking a brief sabbatical, which might have influenced the decision to recast the voice role for the animated series.

What to Expect from Spider-Man: Freshman Year


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The upcoming Spider-Man: Freshman Year will serve as a prequel to the Tom Holland live-action Spider-Man films. The series aims to delve into the origins of the MCU’s Spider-Man, exploring how he acquired his powers and the tragic loss of his Uncle Ben.

Final Thoughts on Tom Holland’s Spider-Man in the MCU


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While fans might be surprised by the decision to replace Tom Holland in the animated series, it’s essential to remember that the MCU has always been about evolution and change. With Thames’ proven track record, the Spider-Man: Freshman Year series is in good hands. As for Tom Holland, his future in the MCU remains bright, and fans can look forward to seeing more of him in live-action projects.

What do you make of this news? Are you looking forward to seeing Spider-Man: Freshman Year on Disney Plus when it’s finally released?

Spider-Man: Freshman Year will be released on Disney Plus on November 2nd, 2024