Spider-Man: Homecoming star Tom Holland brightened the day for Children’s Hospital Los Angeles patients recently with a visit in his Spidey costume. Holland, of course, is the third webslinger to appear on film following Tobey Maguire in the Spider-Man trilogy that ran from 2002-2007, and Andrew Garfield, who starred in the The Amazing Spider-Man in 2012 and its sequel in 2014. Holland was introduced to the role in 2016 with a small but memorable role in Captain America: Civil War, where he sided with Tony Stark/Iron Man and company amid a bitter divide in between the Avengers.
Just over a month out from the character’s first solo outing in the MCU, Holland is no doubt preparing for the media blitz that comes with prospective summer blockbusters. But, in a new video posted by Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, Holland is shown playing to a much smaller audience at the medical facility. During his visit, Holland removed his mask to reveal his true identity to young patients, whom he greeted with handshakes, high-fives and fist bumps. Holland even showed off some of his Spidey skills by doing a flip in the hallway for one girl, and demonstrated for a young boy how his web shooters work. He even set a young teen girl’s heart aflutter, who said, “Oh, you’re really cute,” to Holland after he peels off his Spidey mask.
Holland clearly loves the opportunity that’s been presented to him as the high school version of webslinger, and it’s easy to see in the video that he’s committed to sharing his enthusiasm with everybody – especially youngsters who need an encouraging break from the difficult challenges that life has brought to them at such an early age. Last year, in fact, Holland dressed up as Spider-Man when he visited Henrietta Egleston Hospital for Children in Atlanta, the city where Marvel Studios films some scenes for its MCU movies.
Since Holland is contracted to do six Spider-Man films, hopefully we’ll see many more visits to facilities like Children’s Hospital in the years to come. Holland certainly is in good company when it comes to making life better for children struggling with medical issues. Chris Evans has dressed up as Captain America for a visit to Seattle’s Children’s Hospital (along with his Guardians of the Galaxy friend Chris Pratt), and teamed with Omaze to stage an escape room prank in an effort to raise funds for homes for families to say as their children undergo cancer treatment.
Maybe the likes of Holland, Evans and Pratt don’t really have superhero powers, but by wearing their costumes to places where kids are in need of inspiration and encouragement, they sure know how to create goodwill with their kind gestures.
Source: Children’s Hospital Los Angeles