About a month ago, this very site had an article (written by this very author) about an actor playing Spider-Man in his own solo franchise, as well as joining forces with the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Set to appear in Captain America: Civil War, it was reported that Asa Butterfield, star of Ender’s Game, was going to be the new Peter Parker.
Turns out that was all a bunch of baloney.
News broke today that Marvel and Sony FINALLY found their man (or I guess in this case, young man) in Tom Holland, a 19 year old British actor who has a credit in Locke, probably the only major motion picture he’s been in. Holland looks almost identical to actor Jamie Bell (who is appearing as another superhero, The Thing, in this summer’s Fantastic Four), so it would make sense he would be in the stage production of Billy Elliot, based on the film in which Bell starred.
HOW MANY TIMES DOES UNCLE BEN HAVE TO DIE BEFORE THESE SPIDER-MAN MOVIES END
— @midnight (@midnight) June 23, 2015
This announcement is all well and good, but I can’t say I’m not burned out by this Spider-Man casting news. I feel like everyday was a new lock for an actor and then poof! Gone. As a fan, I really don’t care anymore-I just want to see this happen. Marvel and Sony hopefully made the right choice with this young actor. It’ll be interesting to see how the Russo brothers, directors of Captain America: Civil War, present the webhead, especially since we don’t know how far they are into producion. I also think it’ll be fun to watch this young kid swap wisecracks with the big boys of the Avengers. In conclusion, I don’t know who Tom Holland is, but I’m hoping this news is concrete. Mostly because the casting process has been so overwhelming, and also because it seems this kid has the Spidey acrobatics down pat.
=========================================================================================================== Logan J. Fowler is a senior writer and video game editor on Pop-Break.com. He contributes his thoughts every week for Trailer Tuesday and has his own column called “A Link to the Past.” Logan’s “kid at heart” nature has led to his discussion about pop culture that many geeks love to talk about, including superheroes, Super Mario Bros., Pixar, and Muppets, among other things. In addition, one of his first pieces for the site, “Top Ten Comic Book Movies,” was picked as a “Freshly Pressed” piece by WordPress and remains one of the site’s most well-read articles. Currently, Logan works as a Special Education Instructional Assistant at Roosevelt School in Manville NJ. He graduated from Wagner College in 2005 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education and in 2007 with a Master of Science in Education Degree in Birth-6th Grade Literacy. He also holds a Teacher of Students with Disabilities Certification from Rutgers. Many of Logan’s friends have said that he moonlights as Spider-Man but this is so not true. Wait, are those police sirens I’m hearing?! Gotta go! -thwipp- ===========================================================================================================