Today, we finally got word on the official actor playing Spider-Man in the upcoming MCU Spider-Man movie! Tom Holland, known for his rolls in movies such as The Impossible or Locke, has been cast specifically as Peter Parker. This puts to rest the theories that the film will focus on Miles Morales instead of Peter Parker. Holland is a young English actor, who was born in is currently 19 years old. This means that he will be 21 years old when the film actually comes out, confirming the trend for a much younger Spider-Man.
According to Tom Rothman, Chairman of the Sony Motion Pictures, “For Spidey himself, we saw many terrific young actors, but Tom’s screen tests were special.” This gives me hope that they just didn’t cast the biggest name in the bunch, but went looking for the perfect actor for it. This Spider-Man has been rumored to be more fun and joke-centered than previous incarnations.
It has been a long road to the final casting of Spider-Man, with a more public casting process than we have seen with other characters. Numerous names were associated with the character at different points, including Asa Butterfield (Ender’s Game) and Timothee Chalamet (Interstellar).
It’s important to note that, despite numerous fan rumors and speculation, Spider-Man has not been cast for Civil War in any degree. Whereas many assume that it is a given he will appear in the film, there is absolutely no evidence to this as of yet. Until we see some actor on set or hear something, I think the safest assumption is that he will not be in the film, which is already packed with other elements. I think the Spider-Man in Civil War rumors will eventually prove to be the same as the Ms. Marvel in Avengers: Age of Ultron rumors.
What do you think of the casting? Are you excited to see Spider-Man join the MCU alongside his Avenging brethren? There’s so much we don’t know yet, such as villain, love interests, or if J. Jonah Jameson will ever be played by anyone but JK Simmons. For now, only time will tell.