Last year, when it was announced that Marvel and Sony had come to an agreement that would allow Spider-Man to exist within the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the first question many fans had was who we’d see as the web slinger. After all, while the Amazing Spider-Man films from Sony failed to live up to the expectations of fans, they did do one thing right when they ended up casting Andrew Garfield in the title role. So when it was revealed that, not only was Garfield out, but that Marvel and Sony were looking to go younger? The reaction from fans was mixed. While most were glad to see Marvel taking a different route with the character, a good amount of fans wanted to see a grown up Spidey in the MCU. And as the ever-growing list of those reading for the role began to surface online, many voiced their complaints about the actors being considered, either because they weren’t familiar with their work, or they felt they looked far too young to stand among the Avengers. So when Tom Holland was officially announced as being the next Peter Parker, many were curious to see how he’d go about tackling the role. Not only was Holland still a relative newbie in Hollywood, with a rather short resume before landing the gig, but he also looked a lot younger than he actually was – immediately leaving many to criticize the casting choice.
Of course, that was before anyone had the chance to see him embody the character in Captain America: Civil War. Having seen the film, I can without a doubt say that Holland is both the best Spider-Man, as well as the best Peter Parker, we’ve seen to date. Although his screen-time is limited (not a spoiler!), Holland manages to steal every single scene he’s in. His mannerisms. The way he talks. Holland nails it all. So what was it like for the actor to tackle such an iconic role, following in the steps of Tobey Maguire and Garfield?
“It was very difficult to not obviously copy what Andrew and Tobey had done because because what they did was so brilliant,” the British actor goes on. “I think our main difference is trying to make Peter feel like a kid and in the film you see a kid reacting to meeting the Avengers for the first time. I think that’s one of the things people love about these films is seeing real life occurrences happen in these crazy films and that’s exactly what happens to Peter in his house.”
The scene Holland is describing is sure to be a memorable one for fans. Holland’s Spidey is set to be a departure from the previous incarnations in every way and Captain America: Civil War is only the beginning of it. With Marvel Studios taking creative control over the character, fans can rest easy that the changes made to make Tom Holland THE definitive Spider-Man were all well done.
See Tom Holland as Peter Parker/Spider-Man in Captain America: Civil War, now showing across Europe and Asia ahead of a May 6th release in North America, before seeing him swing into action in Spider-Man: Homecoming next summer!