Tom Holland Cast as Marvel’s New Spider-Man
Marvel has found their new Spider-Man.
The role goes to Tom Holland, from the Oscar-nominated film The Impossible and the critically-acclaimed BBC miniseries Wolf Hall. He becomes the second English actor to play Spider-Man on the big screen after Andrew Garfield, who portrayed the webslinger in The Amazing Spider-Man and its sequel.
The next Spider-Man film, to be directed by Cop Car helmer Jon Watts, will hit theaters in IMAX and 3D on July 28, 2017.
Tom Rothman, the chairman of Sony Pictures Motion Pictures, said, “It’s a big day here at Sony. Kevin, Amy and their teams have done an incredible job. The Marvel process is very thorough, and that’s why their results are so outstanding. I’m confident Spider-Man will be no exception. I’ve worked with a number of up-and-coming directors who have gone on to be superstars and believe that Jon is just such an outstanding talent. For Spidey himself, we saw many terrific young actors, but Tom’s screen tests were special. All in all, we are off to a roaring start.”
Meanwhile, Marvel president Kevin Feige added his thoughts, particularly on director Jon Watts. “As with James Gunn, Joss Whedon, and the Russo brothers, we love finding new and exciting voices to bring these characters to life. We spent a lot of time with Jon and find his take and work inspiring.”
Former Sony chief Amy Pascal added, “Sony, Marvel, Kevin and I all knew that for Peter Parker, we had to find a vibrant, talented young actor capable of embodying one of the most well-known characters in the world. With Tom, we’ve found the perfect actor to bring Spider-Man’s story into the Marvel Cinematic Universe.”
Ultimately, I think Holland is a good choice for the role. If nothing else, he’s a talented actor who’s more than capable of embodying the alternately geeky/resilient appeal of Peter Parker/Spider-Man. I’m looking forward to it! After all, Spider-Man is my favorite superhero on the big screen, and with Marvel finally getting control of the creative direction of the character, I’m thinking this could be the best Spidey flick since Spider-Man 2, way the hell back in 2004. Here’s hoping! That said, it’s still uncertain if Spidey will cameo in Captain America: Civil War next spring, as it’s been speculated that it will be used to introduce the new Spider-Man into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. I’d be all for a cameo, if the story suits it, although it might be a bit jarring to have him appear before we’ve really become acquainted with this particular iteration of the character. But who knows? Maybe an appearance in Civil War will help boost the box office numbers once the new Spider-Man flick hits theaters the year after? Part of the bonus of the Marvel Cinematic Universe is how the films help each other by hyping each other. Perhaps the same can happen here.
But what do you think of the casting? Sound off in the comments!
And for more on the recasting, check out our article on the departure of Andrew Garfield from the lead role. Still sad about that. I liked him in the part.