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26th Jun 2019

EXCLUSIVE: Tom Holland reveals he was meant to have a cameo in Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse

Wil Jones

Holland has spoken about what would happen in the scene, which was cut from the film’s script

JOE spoke to Spidey himself, Tom Holland, and his Spider-Man: Far From Home co-stars Zendaya and Jacob Batalon, ahead of the film’s release next week.

Far From Home is actually the second Spider-Man film to be released in the last twelve months – the end of 2018 brought us the superlative animated adventure Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse, which saw various different Spider-Men and Women team up across dimensions.

It was filled with in-jokes and references to different versions of the character – which would’ve been the perfect set-up for cameos from previous Spider-actors past or present. Co-director Rodney Rothman has previously said he wrote scenes for Holland, Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield, but the idea was nixed.

Now Tom Holland has spoken about what his scene was going to be.

“At one point I was supposed to be in it,” Holland confirms to JOE. “There was going to be another Peter Parker… There was like a scene in a train station or something, and it was going to be like an Easter egg. I was going to walk through the background and say like ‘Hey, kid’ or something.”

“Never happened. Heartbroken.”

Jacob Batalon, who plays Ned inHomecoming and Far From Home, said he also petitioned to play the same role in Into The Spider-Verse: “I tried to throw my hat in for Ganke. I was trying to hit up Amy [Pascal, producer of the movie].”

(Quickly, for the non-nerds out there: Batalon plays a character based on Ganke, Peter Parker’s best friend from the Ultimate Spider-Man series, who is confusingly renamed Ned in the MCU. Ganke appeared in a non-speaking role in Spider-Verse).

Tom Holland was full of praise for Into The Spider-Verse, and even said he was worried that it would overshadow his live-action Spidey films. “It was so good. It was so funny. And I was so stressed when it came out! It was really awesome.”

He went on to say what a big fan of Shamiek Moore’s performance as Miles Morales, and hopes to see Miles in the MCU soon. “He’s really really good in it. But I’m just excited to introduce Miles into our own universe one day. I think that’s going to be really good.”

Look out for more from our interviews with the Far From Home cast coming soon.

Spider-Man: Far From Home is in cinemas July 2nd.