Spider-Man: Homecoming star Tom Holland can be seen snapping a selfie on a web hammock in a new cover for EW. The 21-year-old British actor has generated considerable buzz for his turn as a high school-aged Peter Parker, who will deal with coming-of-age themes as much as he will deal with battling Vulture (Michael Keaton) and other enemies as the titular hero. The early critical reaction to Homecoming has been hugely positive, praising its blend of fast-paced action and humor.
Ultimately, Holland’s 15-year-old version of Parker is still just a kid, and he seems to act like it in Homecoming. He views Spider-Man’s powers as not a burden but something he should embrace and enjoy. The end result is a very high Rotten Tomatoes score and perhaps the most fun Spider-Man movie yet. The marketing and promotion for Homecoming has been similarly fun, and the latest cover of EW featuring Holland is no exception.
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EW revealed on Thursday the new cover, which is marked with Homecoming’s official release date of July 7. You can check out the cover below. The accompanying story describes Holland’s Peter Parker as “not a dude worried about danger, or grappling with larger existential questions about great power and responsibility,” but “a kid who is ready to have a good time” due to his “amazing” new abilities and “souped-up” new suit designed by Tony Stark.
Holland is depicted in his Spidey suit, unmasked as he relaxes high above New York City on a hammock made from Spider-Man’s own webs. He’s snapping a selfie as the cover teases the inside cover story through a series of faux-text messages. EW teases the inside story of how Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige and then-co-chairperson of Sony Pictures Amy Pascal came together to bring Spider-Man to the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
At the top of the EW story is a video in which Holland responds to Chris Hemsworth’s viral Avengers: Infinity War video. It’s just another indication of the youthful exuberance that Holland brought to Parker for Homecoming. As a result of Holland’s take on Parker and director Jon Watts’ fresh injection of fun into the franchise, the newest Spider-Man reboot may have a chance to be the most successful installment yet.
Homecoming may be billed as one of the most enjoyable entries yet in the MCU, but its lighter tone and reliance on humor could also turn off some viewers who actually prefer a more conflicted, burdened version of the character. But Spider-Man has always had a strong sense of humor anyway, and the early reviews for Spider-Man: Homecoming indicate that Holland and Watts have delivered enough laughs and thrills to make the movie a huge hit.
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