Filming is well underway on Spider-Man: Homecoming, the first solo vehicle for the Marvel Cinematic Universe version of Spider-Man. Tom Holland made his debut as Peter Parker in Captain America: Civil War and is joined in Homecoming by a bevy of talented young up and comers playing Peter’s high school peers – with Holland’s Civil War costars Robert Downey Jr. and Marisa Tomei being among the full-blown adults in the Homecoming cast.
Part of what got Holland the role of Peter Parker in the first place was his physicality, which he demonstrated during his Civil War audition by performing a Spidey-style flip landing. It comes as little surprise, then, that Holland is training hard as ever for the role, even now that Homecoming director Jon Watts (Clown) has started rolling camera.
For case in point: Holland posted the following video to his Instagram account recently, showing himself practicing his hand/eye coordination with his Spider-Man stunt double, Holland Diaz.
And on a more playful note – Holland also posted this video to his Instagram account, reminding everyone just what the weather is like down in Atlanta, Georgia (where Homecoming is currently filming at the Pinewood Atlanta Studio).
It’s fair to say that Holland’s performance as Peter Parker/Spider-Man in Civil War was all-but universally praised (with Stan Lee going so far as to say that Holland is the perfect choice for the role) – and with good reason. As videos such as the ones above illustrate, Holland not only has the physical presence, but also the good-natured sense of humor that so many fans associate most with the Peter Parker version of Spider-Man. It certainly doesn’t hurt that Holland, unlike the previous actors to portray Mr. Parker onscreen (Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield), not only has a youthful spirit befitting the web-slinger – he’s also the proper age to play a high school version of Peter Parker to boot.
The first two Sam Raimi-directed Spider-Man movies are still generally regarded as being the best live-action Spidey films ever, with Stan Lee having said that Raimi’s first Spider-Man remains his favorite superhero flick to this day. It remains to be seen if Spider-Man: Homecoming can reach the same bar for quality as the best Spidey films before it (much less clear it), but no matter how the movie as a whole turns out, Holland’s performance is shaping up to be one of the highlights.
Doctor Strange opens in U.S. theaters on November 4, 2016, followed by Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 – May 5, 2017; Spider-Man: Homecoming – July 7, 2017; Thor: Ragnarok – November 3, 2017;Black Panther – February 16, 2018; Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 – May 4, 2018; Ant-Man and the Wasp – July 6, 2018; Captain Marvel– March 8, 2019; Avengers: Infinity War Part 2– May 3, 2019; and as-yet untitled Marvel movies on July 12, 2019, and on May 1, July 10, and November 6 in 2020.
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