Why Tom Holland is Spider-Man

Nearly 15 years have passed since Peter Parker made his big screen debut and the worlds love of Spider-Man hasn't faded at all. With many fans claiming the character’s appearance in Captain America: Civil War last year was the best interpretation yet, even if it was only for 10 minutes. Can you just imagine how good a full-length film will be?

Surely one of the main reasons for this new itterations appeal is the young witty Brit actor Tom Holland. There's just something inherently likable about him: he's like a less posh public school boy whose a bit vulnerable, but with a cheeky edge. Much like Captain America, Peter Parker is simply an awkward high-schooler from Queens, armed with irony, talent and a good heart.  Tom Holland gets that message across, probably because he is a bit Peter Parker himself. 

So let's check out some interesting facts about Tom Holland and why it's impossible not loving him...

1. Where did I see this boy before?

Tom Holland started gaining serious attention with his heartbreaking interpretation in 'The Impossible' (2012) along with Naomi Watts and Ewan McGregor. He also starred in 'In the Hearth of the Sea' with (guess what?) Chris 'Thor' Hemsworth. Between 2012-13 he ended up winning prizes from the National Board of Review, London Film Critics Circle Awards, the Empire Awards,  the Young Artist Awards and lately a BAFTA.  Impressive for a kid, isn't it?

2.  He got already some well deserved (and cool) praise

People around the world are already falling in love with him. The lucky few who had the chance to see the preview of 'Spider-Man: Homecoming'  were electrified by enthusiam for his portrayal and the Twitter reactions were on fire.  

But we’re not talking about just fans or screaming-and-too-excited teenagers, but also big names like the director of 'Guardians of the Galaxy' James Gun, a dude who's familair with what it takes to make a 5 star film...


3. The past always comes back

Art has always been in Tom Holland's veins. After attending a local street dance group in his native Wimbledon, he took part in a showcase at the Richmond Dance Festival at Richmond Ballet School in 2007.  

The root for success didn't start with a superhero suit but with a tutu: Holland starred onstage as the title character in Billy Elliot the Musical from 2008 to 2010.


4. He got the right moves...

With an early career in dancing, Tom developed the agility of a spider.  He is an incredible gymnast and like Spider-Man has some incredible acrobatic, lithe and energertic moves which helped him to get his most important role ever.  He knows that the right moves make you cool, how he demonstrates them to fans often via social media.


5....and the perfect sense of humour

His athlete and dancer skills come along with his incredible sense of humour and self-irony. If you’ve missed it, you should definitely have a look at his  amazing performance in Lip Sync battle, armed with an umbrella...

6.  With great responsibiliy comes great fun

In every interview, he shows how he’s a natural crowd pleaser and how is just a small town boy in a big celebrities (and superheroes) world.

To give you an example, see what’s his favourite scene while filming Spider-Man. Do you believe is some action-packed scene? No way, something more nerdish... Truly Peter Parker style!

7. Method acting

Keeping your identity secret is the main rule of a superhero.  It turns out, reality sometimes mimics fiction. Forced to go undercover and assume a secret identity in the name of acting, Holland assumed the guise of Ben Perkins and secretly attended Bronx High School of Science in New York City in preparation for his role.  "It was a joke I made to Marvel that I wanted to go to a high school undercover to experience what New York high school is really like,” Holland revealed in a recent interview.  “They took it very seriously. 

But at the same time the excitment  of revealing the truth was too high “I told one person on the last day and it spread like wildfire,” Holland admitted. “This girl was like, “what’s your deal?” And I said, “I’m Spider-Man.”She didn’t believe me. She just thought I was a nutter.”

To see the full interview watch the video here. 

Discover Spider-Man: Homecoming

ODEON says...
Fresh from helping Tony Stark in the Avengers’ civil war, ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ sees Peter Parker go back to school. Only now, he needs to balance his studying with his super-heroics. 

He wants to be an official Avenger, but despite letting him keep the fancy new suit, Tony still treats him like a kid. So when a new villain emerges, a flying menace called the Vulture, he finally finds an opportunity to prove himself as a superhero worthy of standing alongside Iron Man. 

We’re going back to school for ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’, which sees the web-slinger take his place alongside the Avengers in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. 

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