Marvel's Phase 2 came to an end this year with Peyton Reed's Ant-Man, and Marvel Studios is ready to continue the expansion of their Cinematic Universe. Phase 3 will start in May with Captain America: Civil War, and will continue in November with the introduction of the Sorcerer Supreme, Stephen Strange, in Doctor Strange.
Captain America: Civil War will have the biggest superhero ensemble we've seen in the Marvel Cinematic Universe so far. Both the original Avengers and the new team we met at the end of Avengers: Age of Ultron will appear, along with new heroes Black Panther (played by Chadwick Boseman) and Spider-Man (Tom Holland). Thanks to Marvel's deal with Sony, the new Peter Parker will make his MCU debut next to Captain America and Iron Man. Although Sony still holds big part of the rights of this character, directors Anthony and Joe Russo were the ones who had a hand in the casting choice for the new Spider-Man.
During a set visit, EW got the chance to talk to Anthony Joe Russo about various aspects of the third Captain America movie, including the inclusion of Tom Holland. At one point, the contenders for the role were Asa Butterfield, Tom Holland, Charlie Plummer, and Matthew Lintz, but not all had the chance to audition next to Tony Stark himself. The Russo brothers had a clear idea of who they wanted as the next Peter Parker, and they found what they were looking for in Tom Holland.
Joe Russo shared the following:
"We did two screen tests with the character. We were pretty vocal about who we wanted for the part. He’s fantastic. Amazing. It’s like Christian Bale in Empire of the Sun. Rarely do you see a kid carry a movie like that."
The Russos went on to praise Holland's physicality, which made him the ideal choice for the role. Another important aspect was his age; unlike the previous Spider-Man incarnations – Tobey Maguire in Sam Raimi's trilogy and Andrew Garfield in both Marc Webb's The Amazing Spider-Man movies – the Russos were looking for a young actor closer to the age of a high-school Peter Parker.
The Russos also added:
"He’s also a dancer and a gymnast. He fits the part like you can’t believe. Another thing that we were really pushing for was to go young with the part. It’s the only way to differentiate it from what’s been done in the past. Get him as close as you can to the age that [the actor] is."
Holland's previous works include The Impossible, for which he received multiple award nominations, and a voice role in Steven Knight's Locke. We will see him next in Ron Howard's adventure thriller In the Heart of the Sea, alongside fellow Marvel actor Chris Hemsworth.
The new Peter Parker will get his solo movie in July 2017, marking his big return to Marvel after years of being solely Sony's property. Hopefully, we will get a glimpse at Peter Parker/Spider-Man in the second Captain America: Civil War trailer – unless Marvel wants to keep the surprise for the release date.
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.