In early 2015, it was announced that Spider-Man would finally join the Marvel Cinematic Universe and fans were overjoyed. The search for Marvel’s latest incarnation of the web-slinger was a tumultuous one – it just had to be perfect. Ignoring the ritual to cast older actors, Marvel and Sony decided to cast a much younger and relatable actor, Tom Holland. His debut in 2016’s Captain America: Civil War was unanimously praised.
After being rushed onto the set of Civil War, Tom Holland was given a suit that would be better suited for a taller and bulkier stunt-double. During a Facebook Live event this past December, Holland explained that when he put it on, it felt good. “It felt good. But when I opened up the mirrors, it was like saggy, and it looked like a really sad version of Spider-Man. So, it wasn’t the most heroic Spider-Man you’ve seen. It was definitely cool. It definitely looked cool. And now that it fits, it looks great. But on the day, I was very disappointed.”
For his solo debut in Spider-Man: Homecoming, the costume department had months to prepare a much more relaxing outfit. However, that wasn’t the case. In a recent interview with Shortlist magazine,
Tom Holland was asked: “On a scale of one to 10 – with 10 being a cashmere onesie – how comfy is the Spider-Man outfit?” “A solid three, it’s not comfy but it’s the Spider-Man outfit – it’s the coolest thing ever. You look like a badass and feel like a gangster. The best thing is wearing it meeting kids – they genuinely think you have superpowers.”
While the suit may not be the most comfortable, Tom Holland sure is having a blast meeting kids. Even after wrapping up, he and the cast have been continuously visiting children at hospitals. In November, he and the cast visited a young boy at the New York Presbyterian hospital, who believed Batman was better Spider-Man.
Spider-Man: Homecoming stars a large and diverse cast which includes Tom Holland, Zendaya, Jacob Batalon, Tony Revolori, Donald Glover, and Michael Keaton. Directed by Cop Car’s Jon Watts and produced by Sony’s Amy Pascal, the film hits theatres on July 7.