Captain America: Civil War is thus far one of the most popular and most positively received superhero movie of 2016 so far, easily outpacing the mixed receptions and negative reviews that greeted Batman V Superman and X-Men Apocalypse – though Deadpool may give it a run for its money. Easily the biggest news coming out of Captain America: Civil War was the official debut of Tom Holland as the new Spider-Man, making a splashy guest appearance to confirm the young hero’s arrival as an official resident of the Marvel Cinematic Universe in advance of his upcoming solo feature, Spider-Man: Homecoming.
Now, officially one year away from the film’s scheduled release, Holland has celebrated with a new image from the film.
Holland’s Spider-Man suit is front and center in Holland’s new costumed-selfie posted to Instagram, which shows the actor hanging high off the ground with film crew and safety mats positioned below in the background – possibly indicating that the shot was taken during the performance of a stunt or action sequence:
The main focus of Spidey’s Civil War appearance was establishing Holland as a new, authentically-youthful Millennial Peter Parker, both in keeping with the put-upon teenager originally created by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko and in direct contrast to the previous take on the character performed by Andrew Garfield. Garfield’s take was criticized for, among other issues, appearing unconvincing as a high school student. But Holland’s appearance also gave fans a clear look at a nifty new spin on the classic Spider-Man suit designed (in the storyline) by Robert Downey Jr’s Tony Stark – who is widely expected to make an appearance in Homecoming as well.
Along with being a clever way to promote the film’s impending 2017 release, the Instagram shot offers fans a look at just how much of the suit is actually achieved as a practical effect. While wire-removal, seam-smoothing and tech-animations (i.e. Spidey’s expressively-mechanized eyes) via CGI are now-common augmentations to such costumes in modern superhero movies, the shot demonstrates that the bulk of the suit is quite real and that Holland is getting a major workout (hence the stunt-mats) in order to bring the character fully to life.
How it all comes together remains to be seen, but with Marvel finally back in control over the fortunes of their original flagship hero, fans are primed for a big time Spidey comeback after the lukewarm reception of the two Amazing features.
Doctor Strange opens in U.S. theaters on November 4, 2016, followed by Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 – May 5, 2017; Spider-Man: Homecoming – July 7, 2017; Thor: Ragnarok – November 3, 2017;Black Panther – February 16, 2018; Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 – May 4, 2018; Ant-Man and the Wasp – July 6, 2018; Captain Marvel– March 8, 2019; Avengers: Infinity War Part 2– May 3, 2019; and as-yet untitled Marvel movies on July 12, 2019, and on May 1, July 10, and November 6 in 2020.