London-born Lost City of Z star Tom Holland, 21, was introduced as Peter Parker/Spider-Man in Captain America: Civil War. He dons the Spidey suit again to headline his very own film, Spider-Man: Homecoming, opening July 7.
How does this Spider-Man differ from the previous ones?
This is the first Spider-Man movie that exists entirely in high school. What makes Peter such a relatable character is that he’s going through these ridiculous changes in his life while having to remain normal and at high school.
Did you talk with either of the previous Spider-Men—Andrew Garfield or Toby Maguire—before you began filming?
I met Andrew on the red carpet after I shot the movie. He was lovely. It was really, really nice to meet him. I really felt like he was passing on the baton. That’s the only time I’ve spoken to him.
When you’re playing Spider-Man and then you’re playing Peter, do you make a conscious decision to have different body movements so that people won’t recognize Spider-Man when they also know Peter?
Not so much. I really actually try to find similarities between the two so that it’s obvious to the audience that it’s me in the suit. I really try to create a physicality that is unique to me, so that I can convince audiences that it is that same person in the suit, because I sometimes find with superhero movies that it’s quite easy to disconnect from the actual characters as soon as they put the mask on, and so it’s very important to me to come up with a fresh and unique physicality.
Following the positive first reactions last week, the first reviews for Spider-Man: Homecoming have arrived and it could be the best Spidey outing yet. Tom Holland’s first solo outing as Spider-Man lands in cinemas next week and sees him battle Michael Keaton’s Vulture, with help from Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr) after he gifted him a new Spidey suit at the end of Captain America: Civil War.
We’ll have our thoughts on it soon but, for now, here’s a selection of the first reviews.
“Spider-Man: Homecoming, the web-slinger’s first solo movie under the Marvel Studios umbrella (but produced in conjunction with distributor Sony Pictures), is a sweet, witty, briskly-paced romp that captures everything that has made Peter Parker and his costumed alter ego such a lovable and enduring character for over half a century.”
“Yet coming after the two Andrew Garfield Spider-Man films, which were the definition of super-forgettable competence, the movie is just distinctive enough, in concept and execution, to connect and become a sizable hit. If so, it could prove a key transitional film in the greater cinematic universe of comic-book movies.”
It’s commonly mistaken that British actor Tom Holland is the third person to play a live-action Spider-Man on the screen. Let’s see, there was Tobey Maguire, who did it three times; then Andrew Garfield, who did two more entries in the franchise. But everyone forgets that there was also a small screen Spidey: Nicholas Hammond played him for two seasons on the CBS series “The Amazing Spider-Man” in the late-1970s.
Now that that’s straightened out, here we go again, with 21-year-old Holland taking over the role in “Spider-Man: Homecoming,” which opens on July 7. It’s actually his second outing in the part, since he was introduced as an excitable young protegee to Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) last year in “Captain America: Civil War,” finally bringing the Spider-Man character into the film world of the Marvel Universe, where he could interact with other Avengers.
Holland isn’t quite the new kid in town as far as acting experience. Most viewers first saw him 5 years ago when he was the older son of Naomi Watts in the tsunami drama “The Impossible.” He went on to play the starving and thirsty cabin boy in Ron Howard’s whale movie “In the Heart of the Sea.” Earlier this year he was seen as the son of jungle explorer Charlie Hunnam in “The Lost City of Z.”