Zendaya, who is wearing a spider web dress, smiles at Tom Holland, who is wearing a black suit.

Zendaya and Tom Holland are the internet’s favorite couple. Here is a timeline of ‘Tombaya’

Zendaya, who is wearing a spider web dress, smiles at Tom Holland, who is wearing a black suit.

Zendaya and Tom Holland are a couple in the ‘Spider-Man’ movies and in real life. (Jordan Strauss/Invision/Associated Press)

Some things are canon in the live-action “Spider-Man” universe: Peter Parker has been bitten by a radioactive spider, the actor who plays Peter will cry at some point on screen, and the romantic leads will inevitably fall in love behind the scenes.

Case in point: Two generations of “Spider-Man” co-stars (Tobey Maguire and Kirsten Dunst, Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone) have had highly publicized relationships that have already come and gone. But one Spidey couple remains: Tom Holland and Zendaya, known affectionately by fans as Tomdaya.

Much to the internet’s delight, Holland, 27, and Zendaya, 26, have evolved over the years from castmates to friends to partners. And though the pair didn’t confirm their relationship until relatively late in their “Spider-Man” careers, fans’ Spidey senses have been tingling since the actors began working together in the mid-2010s.

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Indeed, a recently resurfaced early gem of a social media interaction between Holland and Zendaya further convinced the stans that the co-stars were crushing on each other from the get-go. (Why else would Zendaya jokingly comment “I hate you,” along with three laughing emojis and three crying emojis, under a 2017 Instagram post from Holland that isn’t actually That fun?)

For more evidence, check out our definitive Tomdaya timeline from ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ to ‘Spider-Man: No Way Home’ and beyond.

March 2016: Zendaya joins the cast of ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’

Back to where it all began, Zendaya has been cast alongside Holland in a “key ensemble role” in “Homecoming,” the first film in the latest live-action “Spider-Man” trilogy. Holland was relatively unknown at the time, while Zendaya was at the height of her Disney Channel fame.

Not much information was available about Zendaya’s character Michelle at the time, but Deadline reported that she probably wouldn’t be Spidey’s love interest because her name wasn’t Gwen or Mary Jane. The deadline was right (more or less).

July 2017: ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ hits theaters

Ahead of the summer release of “Homecoming,” Zendaya and Holland embarked on their first Hollywood press tour together. Despite playing nothing but platonic classmates on screen (Laura Harrier was eventually cast as Peter Parker’s crush in the hit film), the pair immediately sparked dating rumors with their palpable off-screen chemistry.

Between their famous episode of “Lip Sync Battle” (you know the one) and Holland openly identifying Zendaya as his childhood celebrity crush during a press conference, fans were almost certain something it was happening behind the scenes.

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August 2017: Zendaya denies the rumors

Zendaya, however, wasn’t entertaining the gossips. When asked by Variety about an alleged romance between her and Holland, the “Shake It Up” alum said she was setting the record straight.

We are friends,” he said at the time.

He’s a good boy. He is literally one of my best friends. How many months have we had to go on press tours together. There are very few people who will understand what it is like in their 20s.

June 2019: ‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’ opens

When the next chapter in their Spidey saga, “Far From Home,” came out two summers later, Zendaya and Holland went from “best friends” playing platonic classmates to “best friends” playing romantic leads. (It turns out that Michelle from the movies and Mary Jane from the comics had more in common than their nickname, MJ.)

You know what that means…

This critical development, culminating in the actors’ first kiss on screen, naturally renewed speculation about their off-screen relationship. But nothing seemed to have changed on that front, as far as one could tell. Until…

July 2021: Zendaya and Holland photographed kissing

On July 2, 2021, the kiss seen around the world was captured by a photographer spying in a car in Los Angeles.

The photos published in various tabloids, including Page Six, almost broke the Internet. Holland and Zendaya had fulfilled their Spidey destiny. And all the fans who have long been rooting for the co-stars to just kiss have finally got their wish.

To know more: Writing this from the grave: Tom Holland just called Zendaya “My MJ” on her birthday

September 2021: Holland calls Zendaya “My MJ”

In case there were any lingering doubts about the actors’ relationship status, Holland doubled down on his semi-public show of affection for Zendaya with a 2021 birthday post to the ‘Euphoria’ star.

The Instagram post included a mirror selfie of the pair (with Holland in a Spider-Man suit) and a heartfelt caption referring to Zendaya as “My MJ” which sent social media into a frenzy.

Zendaya later responded by posting a photo of Holland and calling him “My Spider-Man” shortly before the final film in the trilogy, “No Way Home,” hit theaters.

December 2021: ‘Spider-Man: No Way Home’ hits theaters; Tomdaya makes her red carpet debut

When “No Way Home” hit theaters, Holland and Zendaya were officially an item both on and off screen. They made their first red carpet appearance as a couple at the blockbuster’s London premiere on Dec. 5, 2021.

Supercharged by the internet’s obsession with their official red carpet relationship, the “No Way Home” press tour included some of Holland and Zendaya’s most viral moments: criticizing each other’s cooking habits in a press conference interview to demonstrate how their height difference complicated the stunts on ‘The Graham Norton Show.’

June 2022: Zendaya shuts down pregnancy rumors

After an intriguing TikTok user pranked fans by sharing a fake Instagram post that was made to look like Zendaya announced that she and Holland were expecting a baby, the Emmy winner used her real Instagram account to clear things up.

See now, this is why I stay off Twitter,” she wrote. I’m just making stuff up for no reason… weekly.

To know more: Renaissance Tour: Zendaya and Tom Holland are couple targets singing ‘Love on Top’

May 2023: Tomdaya goes to the Lakers-Warriors game

On a rare public date, Tomdaya was spotted in the crowd in an NBA playoff game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Golden State Warriors. Stars, they are just like us but with better seats.

June 2023: Tomdaya plays with Beyonc

Holland and Zendaya were still going strong in June 2023, when the pair were filmed performing “Love on Top” at a Beyonc concert in Warsaw.

In the viral footage, Holland and Zendaya can be seen dancing and singing the classic song’s chorus (Baby that’s you / You’re the one I love / You’re the one I need / You’re the only one I see) to each other with huge smiles on their faces.

If we don’t feel like this, I don’t want it, commented one person on TikTok.

This is the cutest thing I’ve ever seen in my life, another person wrote.

Summer 2023: Strikes delay fourth ‘Spider-Man’ film.

Good and bad news for Tomdaya and Marvel fans: “Spider-Man” producer Amy Pascal recently confirmed to Variety that another film starring Holland as Peter and Zendaya as MJ is in the works at Sony. However, development was put on hold due to the ongoing Hollywood writers’ strike.

We’re in the process, but… nobody’s working during the strike,” he said. “We’re all supporters and whenever they get together, well, we get started.

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