After seeing Captain America: Civil War fans were able to decide if they liked the new Spider-Man. Many doubted the young actor could pull it off, but Tom Holland’s performance as the charming, excitable, wisecracking, and incredible natural friendly neighborhood Spider-Man stifled any reservations and shade thrown ahead of his debut. At 19 years old, Tom Holland is a more youthful Peter Parker than previous incarnations but his portrayal was very true to the comics. He seems just as insecure as a teen superhero should be, and he has a great sense of humor. Basically, his incarnation into the Marvel universe achieved more with the character than Sony managed in the past three or four movies, and that’s just how it is. So… going into Spider-Man’s new solo venture under the Marvel banner has fans very excited. Sadly, audiences will have to wait another year to see Spidey swing into action when Spider-Man: Homecoming hits theaters next summer, but the actor’s recent appearance at SDCC offered some interesting tidbits to get all fired up about.
Even with his scene-stealing performance in Civil War, a lot of fans are still like “Ugh. Another Spider-Man movie???”. Yes! Another Spider-Man movie. Assuring fans that this Spider-Man will be fresh and fun, Holland told Collider the following:
“This is a very different side to Spider-Man because you’re going to see a kid dealing with everyday problems that a 15-year-old deals with as well as trying to save the city. He’s conflicted because of what it is he’s trying to do and what it is that’s going on with the whole Avengers in the universe. Obviously after Civil War we still don’t really know what’s happening and he’s in the middle of that world. So that’s very exciting to explore that and also just to see a kid in high school figure out what to do with his super powers is really fun.
The solo Spider-Man movie is said to be in the style of a John Hughes movie, explaining how in high school everything seems like life or death. By the scenes showed at SDCC, that’s no lie. Starting with a montage that shows the high school yearbook photos of the Avengers set to Joan Jett’s “Bad Reputation”, it transitions to Holland’s Peter Parker and a day in his life at fictional Midtown High School. An affable nerd — and no luck with girls, the teaser makes it clear how much work he puts into balance high school with being a superhero on the side.
As far as that characterization goes, Holland had this to say:
“We’re trying to bring it down to its bare bones and make the most realistic version of a superhero movie we can possibly make. And that means watching him fill up his web cartridges and watching him run out of web and reload, and all sorts of stuff. It’s so cool and such an amazing story to explore…it’s a dream come true.”
“I first saw it in the concept art room and I was mind blown. You haven’t seen anything yet. You haven’t seen anything yet. It is so cool. The suit allows us to incorporate so much more physical presence from the Vulture. He’s a real formidable villain. It’s going to be badass when you see it in full effect.”