Tom Holland might just be amazing.
— Marvel Entertainment (@Marvel) June 23, 2015
I’ve given up on my dreams for American stars in superhero movies, and now I’m embracing the new Spider-Man with open arms. Why’s that? Because I’ve seen this kid’s absolutely sick moves.
Sony and Marvel have officially announced that 19-year-old Tom Holland will be the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s next Peter Parker/ Spider-Man, starting with his appearance in Captain America: Civil War in 2016. He’ll make his solo debut in an untitled Spider-Man movie, set to release on July 28, 2017. Sure, this might be the third time in 13 years that Marvel has tried shoving a new Spidey down our throats, but I’m honestly willing to give this kid a chance, and you should, too.
I’m really not too familiar with Holland up to this point. His previous credits include The Impossible (though I don’t really remember him), Wolf Hall (which I don’t watch), and In the Heart of the Sea (which I can’t wait for). From what I can tell, however, he seems like a pretty nice person and a promising actor.
The reason I’m most excited about Holland is because I came across his Instagram and watched all the short stunt videos he puts up, and he is truly a boss. In each post, he’s flipping all over the place showing off his moves. You can practically picture Spidey doing the same exact moves, albeit 30 stories up in Manhattan. Check out one of his stunts here:
So What’s Wrong?
At the end of the day, fans might still be a little upset with Marvel and Sony for a few reasons. First of all, and most obviously, this is the third Spider-Man we’ve seen since 2002, and the first two runs weren’t even that bad. Remakes are bad enough, but so many reboots so close together is just a bit much.
Secondly, Tom Holland is British. A while back, I complained that we might culturally be losing something by casting foreign actors as American superheroes. While I still think there’s something to be said for that, I suppose if Sony and Marvel searched the world for the perfect Spider-Man, Holland must be pretty darn good.
Lastly, leaked documents from Sony (what else is new?) recently revealed how it was imperative that Spider-Man always remain a Queens native, white, and straight. It’s one thing to stick to the canon, and another thing to remain close-minded. Clearly, this description applies more to Peter Parker than the actor portraying him, since all we can be sure about Holland is that he’s white. Still, a lot of fans were pulling for finally introducing a black or Latino contender as the Miles Morales incarnation of Spider-Man. Looks like we won’t be getting any of that diversity until Black Panther in 2017.
If anything, it will be really cool to see a teenage Peter Parker/ Spidey — which might just be the superhero’s most defining and relatable trait.
A little preview
Here’s a little hint of things to come. Love it. What do you think: will Tom Holland deliver as Marvel’s next superhero?
Spider-Man and Thor. pic.twitter.com/6co6nok7Qv
— Superhero Feed (@SuperheroFeed) June 24, 2015
After seeing this kid in action, I don’t even care that they cast a British Spider-Man.