Tom Holland has stepped into the shoes of Spider-Man and filled them with enthusiasm. His appearance in Hall H of San Diego Comic-Con on Saturday night was another example of that enthusiasm, with him just as excited as the fans for a first glimpse at the standalone Spidey feature: Spider-Man: Homecoming. After the presentation, caught up with the young actor to talk about how it felt to (literally) step into the Spider-Man suit.

“It feels great,” Holland says. “It doesn’t feel great when it’s like 4 o’clock in the morning and I’m tired but it’s so realistic and it looks so good, it’s like a shame that it’s not real! But it’s great and it’s such a pleasure to wear it and I feel honored that they’ve given me the opportunity to don the suit and I’m just so grateful.”

Taking on the role of Spider-Man isn’t all that Holland is grateful for. He joins a family of actors such as Robert Downey Jr, Chris Evans, Chris Evans, Samuel Jackson and Mark Ruffalo which have stepped into classic Marvel roles, before him.

“I was thinking today, in the green room before we came on stage looking at the whole MCU, thinking what an amazing bunch of people that is,” Holland says. “What a talented group of actors and it’s a privilege to be amongst that. The cast we’ve got on Spider-Man is wonderful. They’re the nicest people and we get on so well and I think it’s bringing a lovely pedigree to the movie and I can’t wait to see what audiences think.”

We don’t have to wait until the Spider-Man: Homecoming premiere, almost a year from now, before knowing that Holland is doing justice for the role. Behind the scenes, at the very least, he is treating the character with respect. And the little bit that we have seen of him, on screen, shows that we have no reason to worry moving forward.