Last summer, Tom Holland landed one of the most coveted roles in pop culture history when he was cast as the new Peter Parker, who is most famously known by his superhero alter-ego Spider-Man, in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
But while Tom Holland is undoubtedly living the dream by portraying Spider-Man, the 20-year-old actor has now admitted that there is one rather big issue with playing the character: the superhero suit is extremely uncomfortable.
According to Comic Book, Holland made this admission at the New York Film Festival premiere of The Lost City Of Z on Saturday, as questions inevitably turned to his role as Spider-Man in the flourishing Marvel Cinematic Universe.
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“The suit’s not the greatest thing,” Holland confessed when he was asked about working as Spider-Man. “But sometimes when it’s uncomfortable, you just have to remind yourself of the long list of actors that would love to be in that suit and you just go, ‘Do you know what, f*** it. I’m the luckiest kid alive. I deserve to be here and I’m going to give it my best.'”
Tom Holland must be more than used to the suit by now, though. The English thespian made his debut as Spider-Man in Captain America: Civil War, which was released earlier this summer and is currently the highest grossing film of 2016. While his part in Civil War was more of a cameo than a bonafide supporting part, Holland has since been working tirelessly on the set of Spider-Man: Homecoming in the costume.
Principal photography on Spider-Man: Homecoming came to an end on October 2, but there is still some additional bits of filming that are required, and they will take place towards the end of October in Berlin.
Tom Holland admitted during the same interview that he has been giving it his all while shooting Homecoming, and even though the costume is particularly uncomfortable he has still insisted on doing as many stunts as he’s allowed.
“I did as many [of the stunts] as I could,” Holland explained. “But there are some things legally that I couldn’t do. There were stunt doubles who were all very, very talented guys who really supported me throughout the process. Whenever there was a stunt that I didn’t necessarily feel comfortable about they would step in and show me how to do it, and coach me through the process.”
Spider-Man: Homecoming is the third origin story for Peter Parker, following Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man and Marc Webb’s The Amazing Spider-Man, which starred Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker, respectively. It has been directed by Jon Watts, who shot to prominence with his taut, lo-fi thriller Cop Car last year, and the screenplay has been scribed by Jonathan M. Goldstein and Erik Sommers.
Spider-Man: Homecoming will revolve more around Peter Parker’s time in high school as he struggles to balance his life as a student, his life with his Aunt May, and with his responsibilities as a superhero. Marisa Tomei will star as Aunt May, while Michael Keaton, Zendaya, Donald Glover, Jacob Batalon, Tony Revolori, Bokeem Woodbine, Laura Harrier, Tyne Daly, and Robert Downey Jr. will also co-star.
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Tom Holland is likely to spend even more time opposite Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man, too. Holland already shared the screen with RDJ in Civil War, and Spider-Man is set to feature in future Avengers films, too, even though he has so refused to admit so.
When asked whether he’ll be in Avengers: Infinity War or Avengers 4, Holland remarked, via Comic Book, “It’s all up in the air. I believe some sort of deal is in the mix, but I’m unclear as to what that deal is.”
We’ll get to see even more of Tom Holland as Peter Parker when Spider-Man: Homecoming is released on July 7, 2017.
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