The reviews are flowing in for Spider-Man: Homecoming and it is becoming abundantly clear that Marvel has another monumental hit on their hands. Which is outstanding news for Tom Holland who at the age of 17, became the youngest superhero to make his debut when he appeared in Captain America: Civil War.
Fans responded well to the characters brief moments, and you aren’t going to be disappointed when you become one of the millions who will see him in action again.
But either before you see the movie, or if you’re coming to the list after you’ve fallen in love with it, we have the ultimate list for you.
With quotes from the most important people involved in the project, including Robert Downey Jr., Zendaya and Tom Holland himself, you can rest assured we’ve left no stone unturned when compiling facts that are going to greatly enhance your enjoyment of Holland and make him your favorite Peter Parker.
15. He Went Undercover To A Real School (And Tried To Hit On A Girl!)
Tom Holland is very British, which meant the idea of playing an American teenager (and one in high-school nevertheless), was a bit intimidating. Which led to him having an idea, even if he wasn’t completely serious when he suggested it,
“I think that was probably the most daunting parts of taking on this character. So as a joke, I suggested to Marvel that I should go to a high school undercover. And Marvel took it completely seriously, I guess they didn’t get my British sarcasm, and the next thing I know I had a backpack with a pencil case on my way to Bronx School of Science.”
Holland also said he went to classes using a fake accent and fake name. To make matters even more awkward, Holland went on to say that the school he went to was tailored for geniuses!
Holland also admitted that when asked by a pretty girl about what his deal was, he told her he was Spider-Man but she didn’t believe him.
14. All He Wears Under That Suit Is A Thong
Let’s hope this hasn’t ruined your image of Spider-Man being an ultimate badass, but we aren’t going to deny you a fun fact, even if it may lead to you picturing Tom Holland in a thong.
After all, that’s what he got to wear for a majority of his time during filming.
“All I have on under that costume is a thong. They brought them in on my first day, like, ‘Here are your thongs. I had serious misgivings — ‘Would my arsehole ever be the same again?‘ — but I had to get used to it, even though I was thinking, ‘No way, no way!,” said Holland.
13. He Can Only See 5 Feet In Front Of Him In The Mask
You’re going to read below about how Tom Holland ended up tearing his ACL, but one of his other injuries occurred because of how the Spider-Man mask was designed.
“I could only see about five feet in front of me, with no peripheral vision. I was supposed to dodge it and I just didn’t see it coming. He cracked me in the head,” said Holland when talking about a blow he suffered.
He went on to say,
“He had this massive gauntlet in his hand, a big metal fist type thing, and he punched me in the face so hard, like you wouldn’t believe,” but did say it ended up being a great shot and he hopes it made the final cut!
12. He Had 20+ Spider-Man Costumes Growing Up
There is no doubt that Tom Holland was a huge Spider-Man fan prior to getting cast in what had to be his dream role.
When sitting with the cast of Good Morning America, Holland opened up as to why he was able to relate to the character so much
“I think that’s why I love Spider-man so much growing up, I could relate to him on a personal level, I was also going to high-school, I was also struggling to talk to girls, with homework…[I was] as far from smooth as you can imagine…That’s why I think he’s one of the most loved characters.”
11. He Tore His ACL On One Of The Last Days On-Set
Spider-Man may be known for his quick moves and outstanding athleticism, but Tom Holland probably didn’t feel too athletic after suffering a significant knee injury.
Don’t worry though, it didn’t happen during filming
“I was doing stunts all day and never once really hurt myself. Once we finished shooting, I was packing up my bag and carrying it down the stairs…you know when you miss a step? I just slid all the way down the steps, tore my ACL!,” said Holland when talking to Good Morning America.
10. He’s Terrified Of Spiders
Everyone has their own fear, but given that Tom Holland is going to make a career playing Spider-Man, you may find his fear a little more interesting.
“I hate them, they’re terrifying. Like 100 percent, I hate spiders. I thought I really liked them and I learned that was just false. I really can’t be around spiders. It scares me so much,” said Holland when talking about his fear of spiders. While we aren’t too sure what made him realize he hates them, at least his castmates know they can prank him by using fake spiders!
9. Tom Holland Auditioned 8 Times For The Role
The decision on who to cast in the role of Spider-Man was a huge one. Marvel clearly chose right with Tom Holland, but now you’re going to learn a little bit of behind the scenes trivia.
When talking about the athleticism needed for the role, Holland said growing up he did a lot of dance which led to him becoming quite skilled in gymnastics. Which paid off huge for his audition,
“For my auditions of Spider-Man, all I did was send them in videos of me doing backflips.”
Holland went on to say,
“I got to my final audition and it was a fight scene with Chris Evans and it says Spider-Man flips in the frame so I said to the producers do you want me to do a flip. And they were like, ‘can you do a flip?’ YES! I’ve been sending you these videos for weeks.'”
8. He Signed A Six-Picture Deal (With At Least 3 Solo Films)
Tom Holland splashed onto the scene in Captain America: Civil War and later that year revealed that he had signed a 6 picture deal with Marvel Studios.
“They give you options, and those could be exercised whenever. Like a cameo in Avengers. I’m unclear as to which movies, though. I do know I have three Spider-Man movies and three solo movies contracted,” said Holland in an interview.
7. You’ll See Him In The Venom Movie
One of the most anticipated upcoming films is Venom, which will focus primarily on Spider-Man’s arguably most popular antagonist. Exciting enough of a premise for fans, Tom Hardy is also stepping into the lead role.
But you can also expect the other Tom H to be stopping by,
“It’s very exciting. I think Tom Hardy will really play that character with a lot of energy, a lot of life, and it could be a very cool movie. It’s an awesome thing that I know I will be involved in. As of now, I’m just focusing on Spider-Man 1 and just a little bit of Avengers, but yeah, I don’t know anything about that movie,” said Holland.
6. He Found Out He Got The Role On Instagram
There are plenty of ways that information spreads in today’s society and one of the main ways may be through Instagram. The social media platform was big enough that when talking to Ellen DeGeneres, Holland admitted it was there that he found out he got the role of Spider-Man!
Holland confirmed with his agents, before eventually
“Kevin Feige finally called me and said, ‘I’ve got some great news. You’re going to be Spider-Man.’ Like, I’m 20. You really think I’m not going to find it?”
5. Robert Downey Jr. Played A Role In Casting
Robert Downey Jr. is arguably the most influential actor in the Marvel Universe, so naturally, producers made sure to weigh in with him prior to officially casting Tom,
“When we were doing Civil War, right at the beginning so they brought in all the finalists for the exam, and [the producers] were like “He’s Great” and I was like “Yeah he is!”
Downey went on to say,
“Everybody [they brought in] was good, and then there was another element of [Tom].”
Nothing says power like having an impact by only saying 3 words!
4. His Character Will Never Deliberately Hit People
There are plenty of superheroes who don’t mind getting their hands dirty and showing off some brute strength. But while Spider-Man is no stranger to using his strength to help in some tough situations, don’t expect him to be landing haymakers left and right
“Our reasoning [is] if someone can lift a truck and then punch someone in the face, you’d probably kill them. So whenever I hit someone, it’s always by accident. I’m always sort of like, ‘Sorry. My God. My bad.’ We just try to bring this sort of youthful vibe into the fight scenes,” responded Holland in an interview with CNet.
3. There Won’t Be A Mary Jane Or A Love Interest
This is a little less about Holland, and more about his female co-star Zendaya, but if you’re going in expecting Mary Jane or Gwen Stacey, think again.
Zendaya is playing a new character, named Michelle Jones; which means you can still expect the nickname MJ to live on.
“My character is not romantic. My character is like very dry, awkward, intellectual and because she’s so smart, she just feels like she doesn’t need to talk to people, like ‘My brain is so far ahead of you that you’re just not really on my level'”, said Zendaya.
2. You Can Expect Him To Act Like A Teenager
Spidey is going back to high-school with Spider-Man: Homecoming and you better believe Tom Holland will work hard to embody the characteristics of a classic highschooler.
“[Tom] can be a real high school student. That’s why people love Spider-Man. He’s the most grounded, relatable of superheroes. And Tom can really do that. He captures that. And he can do a standing back-flip. He’s perfect,” said director and screenwriter Jon Watts.
Holland reiterated these thoughts in another interview,
1. His Suit Is Like “The Most Advanced iPhone Ever”
Technology is a fundamental part of Tony Stark’s character Iron Man, and you can expect technology to also play a huge role in Spider-Man.
Especially because it’s Stark who designs the suit for Peter.
“The suit is almost like the most advanced iPhone ever, you know? It can do so much. It helps him track people and it helps him listen into conversations and it helps him pick out threats and stuff. It’s just a really, really cool,” said Holland.
Holland also went on to say that you’ll see him slowly figure out the “bells and whistles of the suit” as the film progresses.
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