I don’t know if they’re allowed to use Tom Holland or not… they are definitely not part of the MCU. But Spider-Man might exist in the universe they are set in… maybe?
I assume setting it in San Francisco is one way to avoid that whole issue. (Although I think the comics run they are using as inspiration was also set there.)
I’m not against Spider-related character based movies per se. There’s lots of great characters in that category after all and its a shame Marvel can’t use them.
And yeah, I really liked the Amazing Spider-Man films, as did everyone I talked to in person, never got why the general consensus was so against them.
But it just feels like Sony have no idea what they’re doing.
That said, if you’re attracting Tom Hardy and Michelle Williams you’ve got to at least have a good script, right?