A Spider-Man Sex Scene? Tom Holland And Zendaya Shares Thoughts On The Possibility

Zendaya and Tom Holland in Spider-Man: No Way Home
(Image credit: Sony Pictures)

Spider-Man: No Way Home is finally here and with it comes something of an ending to the current trilogy, and perhaps also a brand new beginning for both the wall-crawler and Peter Parker. So what does the future hold for our current Spider-Man? Probably not a sex scene, at least not if Tom Holland and Zendaya have anything to say about it. 

In the last MCU movie prior to No Way Home, Chloe Zhao’s Eternals, we got to see the most intimate scene between two characters in the entire Marvel franchise, a moment where, while nothing graphic was on the screen, they were clearly having sex. Yahoo! asked Tom Holland and Zendaya if we might ever see a sex scene between Peter and MJ in a future film, but they don’t really see that happening. Holland was unequivocal in his belief that would be a bad idea, saying…

I don't think it's appropriate for the Spider-Man franchise. We are still very much young kids. Should there be a future for this character maybe one day we will explore that. But at the moment, this is a film about celebrating friendships and young love. … No one wants to see Peter Parker having sex! That would be horrible.

While the actors who have played Peter Parker on the big screen have always been older, the character has usually been portrayed as a young man, as a student in high school or college. It’s said specifically in Spider-Man: No Way Home that Peter Parker is 17-years-old, and while that’s certainly not too young to realistically believe these characters could have sex, it’s still potentially… complicated.

But part of the issue, regardless of the character’s age, is also the relationship that audiences have with characters like Peter Parker. We can see a couple of the Eternals having sex and likely not think anything of it. Most of the audience watching the movie has literally never seen these characters before. But between movies and comic books audiences have had a relationship with Peter Parker, perhaps for decades. As Zendaya says, the way we tend to see Peter would not be conducive to seeing him have sex. As she puts it… 

Peter Parker is like a little brother.

Many of us were kids when we first met Peter Parker, and then we probably saw ourselves in him. But then as we began to age, and he did not, we probably did start to see him as a little brother. And eventually your little brother has sex, but nobody wants to really think about that fact. 

Eventually, if this Spider-Man franchise does continue, and there’s every reason to believe it will, Peter Parker will grow up and become a young adult. At that point, perhaps we’ll reach a point where it will be acknowledged that he’s having sex, but that doesn't mean we’ll see it on the screen. Spider-Man has always been a hero for younger audiences, and it seems unlikely Marvel would want to change that by making his life more mature.  

Dirk Libbey
Content Producer/Theme Park Beat

CinemaBlend’s resident theme park junkie and amateur Disney historian, Dirk began writing for CinemaBlend as a freelancer in 2015 before joining the site full-time in 2018. He has previously held positions as a Staff Writer and Games Editor, but has more recently transformed his true passion into his job as the head of the site's Theme Park section. He has previously done freelance work for various gaming and technology sites. Prior to starting his second career as a writer he worked for 12 years in sales for various companies within the consumer electronics industry. He has a degree in political science from the University of California, Davis.  Is an armchair Imagineer, Epcot Stan, Future Club 33 Member.