In 2002 we were granted the first, of many to come, Spider-Man films. Starring Tobey Maguire as Peter Parker and the lovable Marvel superhero, Spider-Man. Fast forward to 2012, Andrew Garfield was given the character role of a lifetime, alongside Emma Stone as Gwen Stacey. Now, in 2017, we have an all new man behind the mask.
Tom Holland, originally from London, is fairly new to the film scene. When it was first announced that he will be the new Spider-Man I thought, this kid? I’d only ever seen him in The Impossible, 2012, But after his debut in Civil War, although it was a short appearance, it completely diminished any doubt I had and I thought, this kid is going to be an amazing Spider-Man (pun intended)! Holland has a dancing and gymnastics background which is perfect for the role!
Spider-Man: Homecoming is set after Civil War where Peter Parker heads back to school and deals with all the ‘typical’ things that comes along with being a teenager, all the while trying to balance this with being the new hero on the block.
What I love about this new reboot, is that Peter is no longer just a kid working on his own. Tony Stark swoops in and gives him a helping hand, not just with the suit but also with what it means to be a hero. With Peter, just being a teenager and all, we get to actually see him act like a teenager. Also, the fact that his ‘nerdy’ side is really embraced is definitely something that I love. From what I’ve seen, the film opens back at the time of Civil War. Parker gets recruited by Stark and with all this excitement Parker pulls out his phone and starts, I guess the word to use is, vlogging. Just be honest, if you, pretty much, became an Avenger you would want to vlog it too.
Now let’s just talk about casting for a second. Peter Parker is meant to be a teenager in the midst of his High School years. Although both Maguire and Garfield played the part of the web-slinging superhero well, they didn’t exactly look convincingly like High Schoolers. Maguire was around 26/27 when he filmed the very first Spider-Man and Garfield, by the time he put the mask on he was around 28/29. However, Tom Holland, not only is he closer to the portrayed age (being only 20 while filming) but he does actually look like he could be in High School. This, for me, is spot on!
Take a look at Peter Parker’s homemade suit from Spider-Man: Homecoming….
Still determined to go out and help after Tony Stark demands he returns the suit, Parker makes his own. I don’t have much more to say about it other than it’s amazing and looks like the most comfortable superhero suit I’ve seen!
With Holland bringing this role in so early on in his career, he is only going to grow and I can’t wait to see what comes of him.
There are so many more reason why I think Tom Holland’s Spider-Man is going to be the best, but then this article wouldn’t end. Let me know in the comments whether you agree and/or why you think this will be the best onscreen portrayal.
Live Long And Prosper – E