At one time or another, most geeks have had a secret (or public) dream to be Spider-Man. Whether it’s playing in the sandbox with toys, watching his adventures on film or TV, or when you discretely tried to find out if you had the ability to stick to walls, almost everyone has had the same fantasy at one time or another. For Tom Holland, he is literally living the dream, as he was chosen to portray Spider-Man in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
A year ago, outside of those following the indie circuit, Holland was a little-known actor who had won the golden ticket to play Peter Parker in Captain America: Civil War. That appearance was soon turned into a starring role in his very own film, Spider-Man: Homecoming. Many had not seen how physically gifted and agile the young performer was during his starring run onstage in Billy Elliot. Nor had they watched him carry scenes against Hollywood heavyweights Naomi Watts and Ewan MacGregor in the disaster drama, The Impossible. Since the time of his casting, and his appearance fighting alongside mentor Tony Stark, he has won over the hearts of countless fans.
Social media posts featuring Holland’s Spider-Man-inspired antics have become a viral gold mine, as his transformation into Marvel’s most popular character is all over the internet. It has been documented how Holland’s gymnastic prowess was an asset during the casting process, as well as his willingness to do his own stunts. And now, in a recent post to Instagram, director Jon Watts (Cop Car) posted a clip of the energetic young actor busting a move while on the set of Spider-Man: Homecoming.
This certainly isn’t the first time that Holland has had some fun online. Before his debut in Civil War, fans were amazed to seen how acrobatic the actor actually was in real life. Most recently, he performed a stunning vault before challenging Thor’s Chris Hemsworth to match his athletic feat. This is another clever example of Marvel’s presence on social media. The studio isn’t afraid to take to Twitter or Instagram and either share new developments, or for its directors to inspire playful competition among themselves.
This is also a unique opportunity to witness the motion-capture technology that Marvel is employing on Spider-Man: Homecoming. In the clip, they are getting a live playback of Holland’s performance as Spider-Man, that gives the director and visual effects team immediate reference points, much like the process used on Avatar and with Mark Ruffalo’s performance as the Hulk in The Avengers. The entire set is green screened and the background will be replaced, so Watts can literally be filming any scenario. However, it’s pretty safe to assume that this is part of a larger action set piece.
While there is still much for him to prove outside of the costume, Holland has already made it clear that he is the most physically dynamic Spider-Man ever. Hopefully Marvel/Sony have a script and tone that can match the enthusiasm that Holland is bringing to set. If so, we might be surprised by a lot more than his windmill skills on the dance floor next year.
Doctor Strange opens November 4, 2016; 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 – May 4, 2018; Ant-Man and the Wasp – July 6, 2018; Captain Marvel– March 8, 2019; – May 3, 2019; and as-yet untitled Marvel movies on July 12, 2019, and on May 1, July 10, and November 6 in 2020.
Source: Jon Watts