Recently fans received their first look at Captain America: Civil War, due for release next May. Absent from the trailer, however, was any glimpse of the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s Spider-Man (played by Tom Holland). Like the absence of Luke Skywalker in Star Wars: The Force Awakens marketing, Marvel may be saving the highly anticipated character for last – or perhaps his appearance will be limited to a post-credits scene.

The last time we heard from Tom Holland, he uploaded a picture of what could be his Spider-Man haircut, but now he has a few words to say about his predecessor, Andrew Garfield, as well as his preparations for the role of Spider-Man.

Digital Spy, The Irish Examiner, and MTV News all have interviews with Tom Holland, who discussed the last actor in the role of Spider-Man, along with Holland’s preparations for the role. Of Andrew Garfield, Holland had a lot of nice things to say, but doesn’t seem to have any intention of trying to emulate Garfield’s version of the character.

“I haven’t [met him], but I’m a huge fan of Andrew and he’s said some lovely things about me in the press the other day. He did such a good job as Peter Parker and it’s really difficult not to copy him because what he did was so perfect and obviously there are going to be things that I might steal but I hope we get to meet and even work together in the future.”

Garfield was certainly the highlight of The Amazing Spider-Man 1 and 2, despite the mixed reception to those films overall. Holland also discussed his training for the stage musical version of ballet drama Billy Elliot, and how that helped his audition process.

“I basically did a somersault into frame and a somersault out of frame and I was like, ‘They may never see this but if they do I need them to know that I’ve got some gymnastics abilities and stuff. And every tape I sent in I always did a little acrobatic demo to try and convince them to give me the role”

In addition to his existing skill in acrobatics, which you can see him demonstrating in the video above, Holland endures a rigorous workout schedule with some interesting exercise methods.

“I went to this gym yesterday where they strap electric belts on you and you do exercise whilst being electrocuted. It’s a really strange experience. It’s like a dull tingling but I’m definitely feeling it today. I have to do 20 minutes once a week. Marvel are quite against us doing our own stunts [though].”

Tom Holland’s hard work has obviously paid off, but physical exercise is not the only preparation he has used. He explained that, “It’s been a dream of mine to be Peter Parker, and I almost feel like I’ve been preparing my whole life.” Die-hard Spider-Man fans should also be pleased to hear that Holland is doing his research, as he added, “The last few months, I’ve been doing nothing but reading comics.”

It’s good to see an actor so committed to a role. Since Captain America: Civil War has already wrapped filming, Tom Holland’s work will prepare him to film the standalone Spider-Man film, directed by Jon Watts, and due in 2017.

Captain America: Civil War will release on May 6, 2016, followed by Doctor Strange – November 4, 2016; Guardians of the Galaxy 2 – May 5, 2017; Spider-Man – July 28, 2017; Thor: Ragnarok – November 3, 2017; Black Panther – February 16, 2018; The Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 – May 4, 2018; Ant-Man and the Wasp – July 6, 2018; Captain Marvel – March 8, 2019; The Avengers: Infinity War Part 2 – May 3, 2019; Inhumans – July 12, 2019; and as-yet untitled Marvel movies on May 1, July 10 and November 6, 2020.

Source: Digital Spy, The Irish Examiner, MTV News (via CBM)

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