Is Tom Holland the new soul of the MCU? Joe Russo seems to think so

The co-director of Avengers: Endgame has high praise for Tom Holland as he believes that he has effectively become Robert Downey Jr.'s replacement.

There are very few actors that are so integral to franchises that they are effectively irreplaceable. For a long time in the MCU, this role was occupied by Robert Downey Jr., who played the role of Tony Stark, otherwise known as Iron Man.

For Joe Russo, Tom Holland is the new Robert Downey Jr. for the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

For more than a decade, the Golden Globe award-winning actor was the heart and soul of the MCU, which is a role that Joe Russo now believes is occupied by Tom Holland.

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How long will Tom Holland stick around in the MCU?

It will be interesting to see if Tom Holland's Peter Parker will get a chance to mentor someone else in the future.

Tom Holland first joined the MCU back in 2016's Captain America: Civil War as the newest Spider-Man. Since then, he's appeared in several crossover MCU films and starred in a handful of his own movies. The latest of which is Spider-Man: No Way Home. However, ahead of the premiere of the Jon Watts-directed superhero flick, there have been rumblings as to how long Holland is going to keep on playing Spider-Man in the MCU.

With that said, Russo's recent comments about Tom Holland make it appear like he's going to stay around for as long as Robert Downey Jr. did, if not longer.

With most of the old guards already gone, it's up to Tom Holland's Spider-Man to guide the MCU to a new era.

In an interview with GQ, Russo claims that Holland is taking over Downey's spot. The filmmaker didn't go into much detail about his statement. All he had to say was that "Tom is stepping into the role that Robert Downey once occupied for Marvel." He also added that Tom Holland is, "in a lot of ways the soul of the Marvel Universe", which is one of the best compliments you could ever get as far as the MCU goes.

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Such comments coming from anybody is always noteworthy, but the fact that it's from one-half of the Russo brothers only serves to give it much more weight. The Russo brothers directed three out of the six MCU films that Tom Holland appeared in, starting with Captain America: Civil War. If there's someone who knows if Holland can step up to the plate, it's them. This isn't to say that Peter is a replacement for his MCU mentor. Rather, this just goes to show just how important Holland and his Spider-Man are for the MCU.

Just keep in mind that this isn't confirmation if Holland will continue to star in more Spider-Man and other MCU movies after Spider-Man: No Way Home. If it's any consolation, Downey also stopped at just three Iron-Man films and was in the MCU for a total of 11 years as well as 10 movies. If Holland and Spider-Man are going to take the same route, the wall-crawler could end up becoming the next face of the MCU even if he already is in the eyes of the Russo brothers.

In other MCU news, Marvel Studios just dropped a brand-new trailer for Spider-Man: No Way Home ahead of its December 17, 2021, premiere date. The latest trailer shows Spider-Man fighting against a Vulture-less Sinister Six. So far, Marvel still hasn't confirmed if Toby Maguire and Andrew Garfield are going to be in the film.

Ray Ampoloquio
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