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.”