Tom Holland – the new Marvel Spider-Man


Tom Holland (above-left) has been chosen to play Spider-Man (above-right, obviously), aka Peter Parker, in the forthcoming movie which is the third of this decade, but the first one since the rights came back under Marvel’s control.

Personally, I thought 2012’s Spider-man reboot with Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone was so-so, but last year’s sequel was a lot better, and I was looking forward to a third one, but the chances of that went the way of that couple’s relationship as Marvel took over.

The new film will premiere in cinemas on July 28th 2017 and will be directed by Jon Watts, whose Cop Car, starring Kevin Bacon, looks superb and I really want to see that when it’s out over here, but while it’s released in the US on August 7th, the UK date has yet to be announced. The film, itself, made its debut earlier this year at the Sundance Film Festival.

Tom Holland was chosen by Marvel and Sony Pictures, with producers Kevin Feige and Amy Pascal conducted an extensive search for both the actor and the director, and were impressed by the young lad in Wolf Hall and the forthcoming In the Heart of the Sea. He was also in 2012’s The Impossible, about the 2004 Boxing Day tsunami, but while the topic was important, I thought that was one of the most tedious movies I’ve ever had the misfortune to sit through. And why was a Mexican family being played by an all-white cast and no longer Mexican?

And as for Tom Holland, there’s an interesting thread on IMDB: The kid ruined this movie with his awful acting.

Also, regular members of Channel 5’s The Wright Stuff will know that alleged comedian Dominic Holland is frequently on as a panel member, and he’s constantly banging on about his son. The programme starts at 9.15am and it’s barely 9.16 before he’s even mentioned him! It’s certainly never escaped the sharp-eyed on Digital Spy!

Anyhoo, Tom Rothman, Sony Pictures Motion Pictures Group Chairman, said, “It’s a big day here at Sony. Kevin, Amy and their teams have done an incredible job. The Marvel process is very thorough, and that’s why their results are so outstanding. I’m confident Spider-Man will be no exception. I’ve worked with a number of up-and-coming directors who have gone on to be superstars and believe that Jon is just such an outstanding talent. For Spidey himself, we saw many terrific young actors, but Tom’s screen tests were special. All in all, we are off to a roaring start.”

Producer Kevin Feige commented, “As with James Gunn, Joss Whedon, and the Russo brothers, we love finding new and exciting voices to bring these characters to life. We spent a lot of time with Jon and find his take and work inspiring.”

And Amy Pascal added, “Sony, Marvel, Kevin and I all knew that for Peter Parker, we had to find a vibrant, talented young actor capable of embodying one of the most well-known characters in the world. With Tom, we’ve found the perfect actor to bring Spider-Man’s story into the Marvel Cinematic Universe.”

The first five Spider-Man films, since Tobey Maguire first donned the mask in 2002, have grossed a total of $4 billion worldwide! The new movie, as yet to be titled, will be co-produced by Kevin Feige and Amy Pascal, who oversaw the franchise launch for the studio 13 years ago. Together, they will collaborate on a new creative direction for the Web-Slinger.