Today, fame and cultural relevance are measured in terms of social media engagement, and Twitter is one of the most significant platforms in that area. During a roundup of the year's most popular Twitter trends, it was found that Tom Holland, whose Spider-Man was dropped from Disney's MCU earlier in the year before being brought back under much fanfare, was the actor with the maximum number of tweets associated with his name.
Along with the Spider-Man star, Twitter was dominated by MCU actors for the whole year, thanks to endless speculation regarding Avengers: Endgame and the next phase of Marvel films. Apart from Holland, the top-ten most tweeted list also features Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Robert Downey Jr., Mark Ruffalo, and Zendaya.
For Holland, who in many ways is viewed as the leader of the new wave of MCU heroes in his role as Spider-Man, the year has been a roller coaster ride that Twitter has breathlessly and unrelentingly kept tabs on. At the start of the year, social media was still reeling in shock at Spider-Man's death in Avengers: Infinity War, and posting about it frequently on Twitter.
Then came the press tours leading up to the release of Endgame, during which time Twitter relished playing a round of 'What major spoiler will Tom Holland accidentally disclose next?' during each of his interviews. The next wave of tweets was unleashed after the release of the movie itself, with fans worldwide using the platform to celebrate the return of Spider-Man to the world of the MCU.
Then came Spider-Man: Far from Home, which was a breakout success and cemented Holland as the actor most likely to succeed Robery Downey Jr. as the unofficial face of the Marvel film franchise. And then, just as it seemed there was no stopping Holland, the news dopped that Spider-Man would be leaving the MCU to return to Sony.
This sparked the biggest social media storm yet, with Tom Holland's name at the center of it all. The internet was deluged with daily articles speculating about the Disney-Sony deal, about whether Spidey would get his own, separate franchise, whether he would get to finish his MCU arc, and whether Holland would be replaced as the famed web crawler.
The final chapter in the drama, at least for the year, concluded with a new Marvel and Sony deal for Spider-Man being struck which would allow Holland to play Spider-Man in a couple of more MCU movies and also start his own franchise with Sony, with a crossover with Tom Hardy's Venom on the cards. Fans took to Twitter to rejoice, and once again Tom Holland became a regular trending feature on the front pages of the website.
With a steadily growing fan following and a number of major non-Marvel projects on his schedule, Holland's star is shining brighter than ever, and he will more than likely continue to dominate Twitter alongside his other MCU colleagues. The question now is, will Holland use his fame as a ticket to becoming a major blockbuster star? Or will he also be dipping his toes in the more indie and experimental side of Hollywood that is always on the lookout for young, popular actors willing to challenge themselves in small-budget, character-driven features to establish their acting credentials before the critics and awards committees? This news comes from ComicBook.com.