UPDATED 2/24, 12:45 p.m. ET: Tom Holland’s third starring turn as Spider-Man is officially titled Spider-Man: No Way Home. “Only in movie theaters this Christmas,” concludes a comical clip (above) featuring Holland, Zendaya, and Jacob Batalon discussing the title.
“I don’t spoil things. Name me one thing that I’ve actually spoiled,” Holland says in the video, which pretends director Jon Watts has told the trio yet another fake name for the film.
“The last movie title,” Zendaya answers.
The camera then zooms in on a whiteboard where Spider-Man: No Way Home has emerged victorious over propositions like Home Sweet Home, Work from Home, Homerun, Homesick, Close to Home, and Home Alone.
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The cast of Spider-Man has got jokes.
On Tuesday night, Tom Holland and Zendaya took to Instagram to share some long-awaited information on Spider-Man 3. Holland, who plays the titular web-slinger, posted a still from the sequel that showed him alongside Zendaya (MJ) and co-star Jacob Batalon (Ned Leeds). The post featured the following caption: “So excited to announce the new Spider-Man title. Can’t wait for you lot to see what we have been up to. Love from Atlanta.”
The following slide was a title card that read, Spider-Man: Phone Home, which was right in line with the franchise’s “home” titles; the 2017 film was called Spider-Man: Homecoming, and its 2019 follow-up was Spider-Man: Far From Home.
The announcement, of course, left many people scratching their heads, as it seemed unlikely that Marvel and Sony would take inspiration from one of the most memorable lines in movie history. It became clear, however, that Holland was trolling fans once Zendaya shared a similar post with a conflicting title announcement.
“So excited to announce the new Spider-Man title,” she wrote in another still featuring her and her co-stars/ “So proud of this one...FOS is back!”
Like Holland’s, this post also included a title card; but this time it read Spider-Man: Home Slice.
Batalon also got in on the action, sharing another exclusive movie still and his own version of the title: Spider-Man: Home-Wrecker.
It was an amusing way to tease the forthcoming MCU film, but fans are still left wondering what the sequel will be called.
Though the team behind Spider-Man 3 have remained tight-lipped about what’s in store, Holland recently described it as one of “the most ambitious standalone superhero movie ever made.”
“Obviously, I can’t really say anything” about the Far From Home sequel,” he told Variety earlier this month. “… You sit down, read the script, and see what they’re trying to do, and they’re succeeding. It’s really impressive. I’ve never seen a standalone superhero movie quite like it. And I’m just, you know, again, that lucky little shit who happens to be Spider-Man in it.”
On the Tonight Show on Tuesday night, Holland continued to downplay rumors that Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield would reprise their takes on the webslinger. “It would be amazing if they were [in Spider-Man 3], because they haven’t told me that yet and I am Spider-Man and I’ve read the script from beginning to the end,” Holland told Jimmy Fallon. “It would be a miracle if they could have kept that from me. But at the moment there is no cameo from the two boys.”
Spider-Man 3 is expected to premiere Dec. 17, 2021, which means we’ll likely get an official title announcement in the near future.
Check out reactions to the cast’s title prank below.