Avengers 3: Why Tom Holland Is Doing Motion-Capture

Tom Holland as Spider-Man in Spider-Man Homecoming

Tom Holland reveals why his performance as Spider-Man will be done with motion-capture in next year's Avengers: Infinity War. The actor's comments come as Marvel continues onward with its global press tour for Spider-Man: Homecoming, which is set to hit theaters in just a few short weeks now. Following his introduction in last year's Captain America: Civil WarHomecoming is going to give Holland his first real chance to shine as the Peter Parker/Spider-Man character in a film of his own, where he doesn't have to fight for the spotlight with all of the other heavy-hitters in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It will also, hopefully, be the first in what will likely be a long line of solo films produced by both Marvel Studios and Sony Pictures.

The film picks up almost immediately after the events of Civil War, which saw Peter flying to Berlin with Robert Downey Jr.'s Tony Stark in a fight against Captain America and his numerous Avengers teammates. But just as his mentor-protege relationship with Stark continues to grow and develop throughout, the film will find Peter facing off against villains the likes of which he's never seen before, in an attempt to prove himself worthy of becoming an official new member of the Avengers.

Spider-Man: Homecoming is also just the second stop in Holland's growing journey into the MCU, which will quickly be continued again in next year's highly-anticipated Avengers: Infinity War. And while recently speaking with, Holland talked about why his actual Spider-Man suit in the film will be rendered entirely with motion-capture technologies, simultaneously debunking some previous rumors that it was because the film would see Peter receiving a new suit:

“I think that’s because my suit sometimes when you’re doing stuff where so much CGI is happening behind you, it's easier to CGI everything. I just show up and do as I’m told. So, I think that’s because CGI going on on that set that its easier to just paint the Homecoming suit onto my body rather than me wear and them have to paint over it. No, it’s not going to be different. I don’t think so. It’s the same suit."

Tom Holland in Spider-Man: Homecoming

This isn't the first time that Holland's Spider-Man suit has been rendered with mo-cap technologies either and it most likely won't be the last. Most of his actual screen time in Captain America: Civil War even, was performed in full motion-capture gear, instead of in the actual Spider-Man suit. So while Homecoming looks like it'll be using a practical suit much more, the Russo Brothers proved that they could make the suit look good digitally in Civil War, which means they shouldn't have any trouble doing that again in Infinity War.

Peter's presence and role in the third Avengers installment is shaping up to be one of the more anticipated aspects of the film also, not only because the film will be released only been two years after he made his official debut in the MCU. What will be interesting to see then, is how and if Spider-Man: Homecoming at all sets up Peter's role in the Infinity War story, or if Marvel and the Russo Brothers plan on keeping details like that closer to the vest for the next couple of months instead. At this point, only time will tell.

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Key Release Dates
  • Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) release date: Jul 07, 2017
  • Thor: Ragnarok (2017) release date: Nov 03, 2017
  • Black Panther (2018) release date: Feb 16, 2018
  • Avengers: Infinity War / The Avengers 3 (2018) release date: Apr 27, 2018
  • Captain Marvel (2019) release date: Mar 08, 2019
  • The Avengers 4 / Avengers: Endgame (2019) release date: Apr 26, 2019
  • Ant-Man & The Wasp (2018) release date: Jul 06, 2018
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