Spider-Man: Homecoming star Tom Holland says if Spider-Man could choose another Avenger as a mentor, it would be Captain America. While Spider-Man: Homecoming marks the debut solo film for webslinger in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, he’s not the only iconic Marvel superhero featured in the film.
Throughout the duration of Spider-Man: Homecoming, Peter Parker/Spider-Man (Holland) is mentored by Tony Stark/Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), who not only is invaluable to his young counterpart in terms of technical support – like providing him with a vastly new-and-improved Spidey outfit – but to teach him valuable life lessons including the importance of being responsible with his super powers. And while it looks for the time being that Spider-Man will continue to look up to Iron Man as his main source of inspiration (which began, of course, when Tony recruited Peter for Team Iron Man in Captain America: Civil War ), Holland has mulled over who else among the Avengers he would like to mentor him should the opportunity present itself.
In a fan Q&A with IMDb, Holland said he would pick Captain America for another mentor, explaining:
“He would be the best mentor I think. He’d be kind of boring. He’d be very strict, I think. But starting with him would be more freeing.”
In an odd sort of way, Peter is being mentored by Captain America in Spider-Man: Homecoming, but in a very indirect way. Throughout the film, Captain America appears in motivational public service announcements like Captain America’s Workout Challenge. Of course, Cap’s turn in the film comes with a bit of irony, given how the Avengers family broke apart – and especially his bond with Stark – in Captain America: Civil War.
Whatever the case may be, it’s interesting to get an alternate take from Holland about who else could influence him in the MCU, especially given that there’s a plethora of superheroes to pick from. It will be interesting to see how Spider-Man reacts to working again with his gifted counterparts in Avengers: Infinity War and how he’s influenced, given the fact that he’s still very much an impressionable teenager who still has a lot to learn. After all, the webslinger will be thrust into an entirely different set of circumstances in the film, where he will presumably no longer be taking on members of Team Cap, but a much bigger and indomitable villain than Vulture with Thanos.
Eventually, though, Spider-Man will someday have to learn that he needs to go it alone and realize on his own that with great power comes great responsibility.
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