After much teasing from the film’s cast, the title of the next instalment in the Spider-Man franchise has been confirmed as Spider-Man: No Way Home.
It sticks to the theme established by star Tom Holland’s previous solo outings as the Marvel superhero, which were 2017’s Spider-Man: Homecoming and 2019’s Spider-Man: Far From Home.
The British actor, 24, and his co-stars had been teasing news-starved fans about what the film might be called, with several tongue-in-cheek possibilities posted on social media.
Ahead of the official announcement, Holland shared a previously unseen still from the movie on his Instagram page, writing: “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.”
A second image of the film’s title page read: “Spider-Man Phone Home”. However, fans and co-stars alike were quick to question the ET-inspired name.
Zendaya, who plays MJ, commented, “What the hell”, while Jacob Batalon, who plays Ned Leeds, wrote: “Woah woah.. wait.. why is your different?!? (sic)”
Both actors then shared their own new film image, and alternative titles, with Zendaya posting “Spider-Man Home Slice” – reminiscent of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – and Batalon going for a less PG “Spider-Man Home-Wrecker”.
All three stars commented on each other’s conflicting posts, with Holland finally joking that he would call the sequel’s director Jon Watts for clarification on what the film would actually be called.
Other Marvel stars including Mark Ruffalo and Tony Revolori also got involved in the debate, joking about alternative titles.
Holland, Zendaya and Batalon eventually featured in a video confirming the real name, alongside a Christmas 2021 release date – with the promise that it will “only” be in cinemas.
Production companies Sony and Marvel are clearly hoping the industry will have returned to something approaching normality by then, with a huge number of tentpole releases having been delayed in 2020.
It will be hoped that speedy vaccine rollouts in major markets like the US and UK will allow fans to return to cinemas.
The third Spider-Man film is currently in production in Atlanta, Georgia.
Meanwhile, Holland has quashed the theory that actors who have previously played Spider-Man will be joining him in the new film.
It had been rumoured Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield would be reprising their roles in the multiverse-spanning film.
However, Holland told The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon that he’s “read the script from beginning to end” and they don’t appear.
There had also been talk of Kirsten Dunst, who plays Mary-Jane, and Emma Stone as Gwen Stacey, also making a comeback – but Holland made no comment about their return.
He did reveal one confirmed cameo, his brother Harry, who will play a drug dealer who gets webbed upside down by Spider-Man.
Spider-Man: No Way Home is scheduled to be released in December 2021.