Anyone who watched J.A. Bayona’s The Impossible when it was released in 2012 left the film feeling fairly certain that one of its younger stars, Tom Holland, was going to go on to become an actor to be reckoned with in the coming years. Cast alongside veteran greats like Ewan McGregor and Naomi Watts, Holland not only held his own in the dramatic film, but managed to be a scene stealer in his own right. Those suspicions were only later confirmed then, when Marvel Studios and Sony Pictures decided to cast Holland as Peter Parker/Spider-Man, effectively replacing Andrew Garfield in the role, and set to be the first iteration of the beloved character to appear in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Holland made his debut as the character in last year’s critically-acclaimed Captain America: Civil War, being one of the standout superheroes in the packed team-up film, even despite only having about 20 minutes of total screen time in the 2+ hour long blockbuster. Holland’s performance as Spider-Man even ended up being one of the most generally agreed upon brighter aspects of Civil War, with many calling the character’s introduction the best part of the film as a whole.
Holland’s star power has only continued to rise since and during this weekend’s BAFTA Awards, the young actor was awarded the coveted Rising Star award from the organization, for his brief appearance as the character in Civil War. He beat out fellow nominees Anya Taylor-Joy, Lucas Hedges, Ruth Negga, and Laia Costa for the award, all of whom have been garnering quite a bit of acclaim for themselves in the independent circuit over the past few years. You can watch Holland’s full acceptance speech in the video below.
Of course, Marvel and Sony ended up being just as happy with Holland’s take on Peter Parker/Spider-Man as the fans and critics were, and the actor is returning as Peter Parker later this year in Spider-Man: Homecoming. The film will be Holland’s first standalone film as the character, leading into his return once again in next year’s Avengers: Infinity War, which he was confirmed by Marvel to officially be filming scenes for late last week, alongside Robert Downey Jr. (Tony Stark/Iron Man) and Chris Pratt (Peter Quill/Star-Lord).
Holland isn’t just on a rise within the Marvel Cinematic Universe though. This year alone even he’s set to appear in the already critically-acclaimed, Charlie Hunnam-headlined film, The Lost City of Z, alongside Benedict Cumberbatch and Michael Shannon in The Current War, and in a period adventure/drama titled, Pilgrimage. He was just recently cast with Daisy Ridley in Doug Liman’s Chaos Walking also, which will be based on a script written by Charlie Kaufman, and is shaping up to be one of the more anticipated films of 2018. So suffice it to say, the next few years look to be a very exciting time for Holland, who rightfully has emerged as one of the most charismatic and talented young actors of his generation.
Source: BAFTA Awards