Is Spider-Man: No Way Home Zendaya’s last MCU movie?

Written by Edwin Francisco

Is Spider-Man: No Way Home Zendaya's last MCU movie?

Spider-Man star Zendaya Maree Stoemer Coleman also simply known Zendaya, is not sure if No Way Home is her last movie as Peter Parker’s love interest Michelle Jones aka MJ 

Zendaya’s portrayal of MJ is not the one comic book fans have been familiarized with. So, her appearance in the first Spider-Man movie Homecoming was a surprise to many. We barely got to know her in that film. 

In the comics, we all know MJ as Mary Jane Watson, the cute red head school mate of Peter Parker. In the Sam Raimi movies that starred Tobey Maguire, that character had Kirsten Dunst for that role. She even colored her hair red to better represent the comic book version of MJ. 

Zendaya’s performance in Spider-Man: Far From Home proved that she does have chemistry with Tom Holland’s Peter Parker. She shows talent well that she won the Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress. 

Spider-Man: No Way Home is now currently doing reshoots and is scheduled to be released in December 17, 2021. 

After Spider-Man No Way Home, what are Marvel and Sony planning for them? 

Zendaya said in an interview with E! Online: 

We don’t know if we’re gonna do another one. Like, is it just gonna be three and done? Normally you do three movies and that’s pretty much it, so I think we just were all absorbing and taking the time to just enjoy the moment, being with each other, and being so grateful for that experience.

Is this a hint that Zendaya is leaving the MCU? Considering Tom Holland said a similar thing some time ago.

Is Spider-Man: No Way Home Zendaya’s last MCU movie?

Is Spider-Man: No Way Home Zendaya's last MCU movie?

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For sure, this is the last of the original trilogy that Marvel and Sony has planned for the cast. And this is the last of Tom Holland’s six-film contract which also includes Captain America: Civil War, Avengers: Infinity War, and Avengers: End Game. 

But the fact still remains that Spider-Man is an important brand to both Sony and Marvel.

Spider-Man by name alone is synonymous to Marvel as it also is to the great Stan Lee, creator of the said hero.

We are sure that both Marvel and Sony will still want to continue the franchise as long as they can.  

Further, with the success of the previous movies, Homecoming generating $880 million and Far From Home churning in $1.132 billion, the franchise is highly profitable for both companies. Combine that with Spider-Man’s appearance in other Marvel movies, we are sure that Marvel and Sony will want to keep it going.  

Zendaya said this is her last film under her original contract. But there is no reason for not making a new one. It does seem that she is interested in coming back. 

Why the delay? 

It’s more on the planning on how to move things forward. Marvel has already laid out plans for Phase four which already includes the upcoming Spider-Man: No Way Home.

Of course, planning Spider-Man now has to involve Sony because of the multiverse.

Sony did say that they will be combining the Spider-verse and the MCU which will be more prominent with No Way Home.  

Marvel head Kevin Feige plans their movies years ahead because they do want to tell a cohesive story for the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe. 

Feige even said in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter with regard to making deals with their talent: 

It varies, project to project, cast to cast. Really, what we want are people that come in, are excited to be in the universe, are excited at the opportunity to do more things, as opposed to being locked into contractual obligations.

Is Spider-Man: No Way Home Zendaya’s last MCU movie?

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It’s also possible that the actors are contractually obligated not to say anything at this time. That does happen a lot in any industry.

Why?

Rumor control.

I’m pretty sure that Marvel and Sony isn’t that happy with all the rumors and speculations with their upcoming movie.

People knowing about Alfred Molina coming back as Doctor Octopus already messed up Marvel’s and Sony’s plan to make their appearance a surprise. This made Marvel to react more tightly with the rumors. 

Any story teller will tell you that they don’t want people to know what’s coming next or else it loses that excitement for that story.

Remember when Ewan McGregor had to keep the Obi-Wan series for Star Wars a secret for more than a decade? 

We have reported before that Marvel is already working on a new trilogy for the famous web-slinger. But there is no schedule, nor is there a story.


Right now, we only have a known line up of movies and series up until 2023 with Fantastic Four and their last film of the phase four films.

We also know that Spider-Man No Way Home director Jon Watts is also set to direct Fantastic Four.

What about Phase five?

Right now, we know Blade is already being worked on. 

Ironheart, Armor Wars and an untitled Wakanda Series are all in early development. But for sure, Marvel has a lot planned for the next few years. 

Marvel also said that they don’t want to put actors in a multi-movie project any more. And since the live action Spider-Man is held by Sony, the deal will need to be mutually beneficial to both parties.  

Spider-Man’s Peter Parker and MJ still has a lot of stories to tell. We are sure that Tom Holland, Zendaya, Jacob Batalon and others are planned to come back to the silver screen.  

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