Superhero movies require lots of stunt work – and lots of fighting – which is why Tom Holland accidentally got punched in the face while filming Spider-Man: Homecoming. When it looked like Sony Pictures’ Amazing Spider-Man universe wasn’t going to work out as they originally planned, the studio signed a landmark agreement with Marvel Studios that allows Peter Parker to be used in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, even though Sony still retains distribution and theatrical rights.
While that deal was great for fans of the superhero, especially those who’ve waited their entire lives to see him fight alongside the Avengers on the big screen, it also meant they were in for another reboot and yet another web slinger. Holland made his debut as Peter Parker, aka Spider-Man, in Anthony and Joe Russo’s Captain America: Civil War last year, and he’s reprising his role in Jon Watts’ Spider-Man: Homecoming in July. Of course, that meant he would be fighting enemies of his own, which meant more stunt work and possible on-set injuries.
Holland recently revealed to GQ ahead of Spider-Man: Homecoming‘s release next month that, while they were filming, he was accidentally punched in the face by one of the stuntmen, though he admits the debacle was entirely his doing.
“Yeah, I got punched in the face. I was supposed to dodge it and I just didn’t see it coming. [The stuntman] cracked me in the head. He had this massive gauntlet in his hand, a big metal fist type thing, and he punched me in the face so hard, like you wouldn’t believe. But it looks great! I hope they use it. It’s one of those things where you stand up and you’re angry, like, ‘What the hell, man? You punched me in the head!’ Then you realize it’s entirely your fault.”
It’s great that Holland finds amusement in minor on-set accidents like that, and it may very well be something that ends up in the final cut. However, the superhero costume is the reason he wasn’t able to see the stuntman’s punch coming at him. Holland mentions elsewhere in GQ‘s interview that he wore a helmet under his suit since he as an “egg-shaped head.” Wearing that helmet meant he could only see approximately five feet ahead of himself, and it obstructed his peripheral vision.
Unfortunately, superhero costumes in movies aren’t as glamorous as they are in real-life. Holland wouldn’t be the first actor to complain about his costume. When Ben Affleck was cast as Batman, the only advice Christian Bale would give the actor was to make sure he could urinate easily while wearing the costume. It just appears that Holland’s inconvenience was more physical in nature. We’ll just have to wait and see if that scene does end up in the final cut.