Tom Holland Explains Spider-Man Casting: ‘I Found Out On Instagram’

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Actor Tom Holland discovered that he would play Spider-Man on the big-screen…via social media?

The young actor confirmed the news during a recent interview on Sway in the Morning. Holland was primarily featured on the popular radio show to promote his new film, In the Heart of the Sea starring Chris Hemsworth. However, when the topic of his Spider-Man casting came up in the conversation, Tom Holland explained how he found out about it through Instagram.

“I was actually having a really bad day, and I found out on Instagram. I was in my bed, I was scrolling through Instagram, and Marvel had posted a photo of Spider-Man. It was like ‘Go to our website, and you’ll find out who it is.’ I opened the screen, and it said my name, and I went nuts!”

Holland further explained that he was not the only person left in the dark when it came to Marvel’s revealing social media message. His agents apparently did not get the memo either.

However, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige later tied up that loose end by calling Tom Holland himself to officially notify him that he was given the highly-coveted role.

During an interview with IGN earlier this year, Feige opened up about how he excited it was that Spider-Man would finally play a key role in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

“Making that agreement…was great, and was really amazing, and on a personal level making these movies, it means a lot because I think we can do great things with Spider-Man… I think Spider-Man can serve great purpose in our universe and that’s where he belongs. That was what was unique about him in the comics was not that he was the only superhero in the world; it’s that he was a totally different kind of superhero when compared against all the other ones in the Marvel universe at the time.”

Tom Holland will officially become the third actor to play the iconic web-slinger on the big screen. Tobey Maguire played the radioactive superhero in the Sam Raimi-directed trilogy from 2002 to 2007. Director Marc Webb rebooted the franchise with Andrew Garfield playing the titular role in The Amazing Spider-Man(2012) and The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014).

Holland will star in his first solo standalone film as Spider-Man in July 2017, according to GameSpot.

Director Jon Watt has already confirmed that this new cinematic version will feature the “John Hughes version of Spider-Man.” Tom Holland confirmed that unique approach to the character during an interview with The Daily Beast.

“It’s not The Dark Knight. One of the special things about what we’re going to try and create is that you’re going to see the biggest independent film ever. It’s not going to be an epic thing; it’s going to be a film surrounded by these incredible things, but that follows this boy and his life. Peter Parker is a favorite of many because everyone can relate to him, and we’re going to try to make everyone relate to our Peter Parker… John Hughes is a perfect example of what we’re going to try and do.”

Quite a few rumors and reports filled with speculation claim that Tom Holland will make his big debut as Spider-Man in the upcoming film, Captain America: Civil War, according to Cinema Blend.

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