By the time Tom Holland makes his debut as Spider-Man in next year's Captain America: Civil War, we will have already seen two other actors play the web-head in the last decade alone. Tobey Maguire capped off his time as the wall crawler with Spider-Man 3 in 2007, while Andrew Garfield turned in his last performance as Spidey with last year's The Amazing Spider-Man 2.
Both actors share something in common, being that each of their Spider-Man franchises unexpectedly concluded after successful starts, because the last installments were panned by critics and fans alike. Before Sony decided to reboot Spider-Man with The Amazing Spider-Man, Spider-Man 4 was already in development with Sam Raimi set to return to direct. Similarly, Sony had plans for a full shared universe revolving around Garfield's iteration of Spidey, before striking a deal with Marvel Studios to have the character appear in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Tom Holland, who is set to play the newest live-action Peter Parker/Spider-Man, recently spoke in an interview with HeyUGuys about his role in Captain America: Civil War, what influenced his take on the role, and more. When asked whether or not Tobey Maguire or Andrew Garfield's past performances as Spidey factored into his version, Holland said:
"I think it’s impossible not to. They were so great and such real and rich performances. There’s factors that I love and will continue to recreate, but I think the most important thing is making a film which is with the same character, but making it different and a new and exciting movie."
While it would be difficult to completely ignore the previous cinematic versions of Spidey, as Holland indicates, his Spider-Man will likely be very different from what we have seen before. For one, it has already been confirmed that the new franchise won't include another origin revealing how Peter Parker received his powers. Instead, it will pick up where Peter Parker is still in high school and has only served as the web slinger for around a year, by the time Civil War begins.
It remains unclear how big of a role Holland will have in Captain America: Civil War, considering the large ensemble cast and the late addition of Spider-Man to the film. In spite of that, Holland was still on-hand for the last week of filming, where he says he got into a little bit of an accident on-set:
"It was my own mistake. I basically fell over and bashed my face in front of about two hundred crew members, so not my most heroic moment! It was luckily just before my last shot; they were like, ‘Roll cameras!’, I was getting into position, everything went wrong, and they still did the take anyway. It looks great and they’ll probably just CGI out all the blood, and yeah, I was very lucky."
Holland, however, couldn't reveal any specifics on what he was doing on-set during the last week of filming, or really reveal any plot details whatsoever. Considering Marvel has left Spider-Man out of marketing for Captain America: Civil War thus far, it's possible that we might not even get a glimpse of Holland's new Spider-Man suit until we're closer to the movie's release. Although, Marvel would be wise to release an official look sooner rather than later to avoid any leaks of the costume. Nevertheless, it seems Holland is enthusiastic about the role and is already preparing for the storm when he makes his debut as Spidey come next May.
Captain America: Civil War will release on May 6, 2016, followed by Doctor Strange – November 4, 2016; Guardians of the Galaxy 2 – May 5, 2017; Spider-Man – July 28, 2017; Thor: Ragnarok – November 3, 2017; Black Panther – February 16, 2018; The Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 – May 4, 2018; Ant-Man and the Wasp – July 6, 2018; Captain Marvel – March 8, 2019; The Avengers: Infinity War Part 2 – May 3, 2019; Inhumans – July 12, 2019; and as-yet untitled Marvel movies on May 1, July 10 and November 6, 2020.
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