Marvel won't tell Tom Holland who Spider-Man is fighting in next summer's Avengers: Infinity War. While many people first took note of Tom Holland when he appeared as Peter Parker in Captain America: Civil War, the truth is that at the age of 21, Holland has already had an incredible career. A trained dancer and gymnast, he was only 12 when he started playing the title role in the West End musical Billy Elliot. Only three years later he began playing leading roles in movies, including The Impossible and In the Heart of the Sea. But joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe escalated his career and fame to the next level.
Holland's youthful, energetic, and star-struck take on Peter Parker was immediately embraced by fans. The character brought some levity and lightheartedness to a fairly serious movie. Holland - along with Paul Rudd's Ant-Man - provided many of the movie's laughs, especially during the mid-film battle where Avenger turned on Avenger. And with Spider-Man: Homecoming only a couple of days away from opening, audiences are already eager to see more of the young hero. Trailers - while they certainly don't give away everything - indicate plenty of the same humor and heart that Holland already demonstrated in Civil War. And the character has already been promised even more, with both a sequel to Homecoming and an appearance in the upcoming Infinity War.
According to an interview Holland recently gave to BBC Radio, he often does not get to meet the actor behind the character who Spider-Man is fighting. In fact, he has one fight scene in The Avengers: Infinity War where he is completely unaware of who his opponent is.
According to Holland, this is nothing new. He mentions in the interview that of all the characters he fought both against and along side in Civil War's big fight scene, the only one he actually met was Chris Evans. Everyone else was apparently just tennis balls, and he met most of the Avengers on the red carpet. And according to Holland, when it came to filming Infinity War that apparently escalated:
"Some of the stuff that they get you to imagine - I can't tell you about it, because it's obviously a secret - but they're like 'Imagine this!' And you're like 'Do you have a picture you can show me?' and they're like 'No, it's a secret.'"
At one point, Holland asked what the person he was fighting looked like and sounded like, and was apparently not given an answer, because then Holland would know who he was: "Yeah, there is one moment in Avengers where I don't know who that person is." And since Holland was not allowed to read the script, he's really in the dark about it.
While Thanos is of course set up to be the main antagonist in The Avengers: Infinity War, his history shows that he will probably not fight many battles on his own. The character does not lack for others who he can send into battle in his place. And just because he is the main villain, that does not mean he is the only villain. Marvel has a roster full of bad guys who might appear in the movie and cause problems for Spider-Man, the Avengers, the Guardians of the Galaxy, and anyone else who might be showing up for battle.
And since Holland can't give any hints at all as to who he is fighting in the scene, there is no reason to even assume it is a villain. As Civil War already showed, sometimes even the good guys are not on the same side. There has already been one massive fight between Avengers in the MCU. If their old wounds have not healed, or a new disagreement has come up, the other side of Spider-Man's mystery fight in The Avengers: Infinity War might very well turn out to be one of the good guys.
Source: BBC Radio
- 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
- Ant-Man & The Wasp (2018) release date: Jul 06, 2018
- Captain Marvel (2019) release date: Mar 08, 2019
- The Avengers 4 / Avengers: Endgame (2019) release date: Apr 26, 2019