After finally being cast as Spider-Man in the Marvel Cinematic Universe you probably assumed that the first time Tom Holland got a look at himself in the superhero attire was one of the proudest moments of his young acting career.
That couldn’t be further from the truth, though. Because it turns out that it was a rather harrowing experience for Tom Holland, as the actor was forced to don his stunt double’s suit for his first scenes as Spider-Man, who just so happened to be much taller than the 20-year-old.
Tom Holland made this admission on Friday during a 31-minute Facebook Live event to mark the release of the first trailer for Spider-Man: Homecoming, which hit on Thursday. During this wide-ranging discussion, Holland was quizzed about the first time he put on the costume while shooting Captain America: Civil War. And he admitted that it was more than a little underwhelming. Tom Holland recalled.
“I literally got cast on Friday and started shooting on Monday. So, it was such a fast process that they didn’t have time to make me a suit, so I wore my stunt-double’s suit. And he’s bigger than me. He’s about five-inches taller than me. He’s a bit bulkier than me.”
“And when I first saw the suit I asked them to close all the mirrors so I would see it for the first time on and looking great. I put it on, it felt pretty good. It felt good. But when I opened up the mirrors it was like saggy and it looked like a really sad version of Spider-Man.”
“So it wasn’t the most heroic Spider-Man you’ve seen. It was definitely cool. It definitely looked cool. And now that it fits it looks great. But on the day, I was very disappointed. It was the biggest anti-climax of all-time. But now it looks great!”
Tom Holland had a lengthy casting process for the role of Spider-Man, as he competed against Asa Butterfield, Judah Lewis, Matthew Lintz, Charlie Plummer, and Charlie Rowe for the coveted position. After all six actors had auditioned opposite Robert Downey Jr., who plays Iron Man in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it ultimately went down to just Rowe and Holland. This time around Holland was asked to screen test opposite Chris Evans, too, who plays Captain America in the MCU, as well as Robert Downey Jr., which saw him emerge as the clear favorite.
This speculation proved to be right, too, because Tom Holland was announced as the star of Spider-Man: Homecoming on June 23, and then just a few days later, he was on the set of Captain America: Civil War shooting his scenes for the blockbuster. Jon Watts, who was hired by the Marvel Cinematic Universe to oversee Spider-Man: Homecoming, was also on set to assist his development of the blockbuster.
Of course, this is just the very beginning for Tom Holland as Peter Parker/Spider-Man within the Marvel Cinematic Universe. That’s because it has already been announced that Tom Holland will lead numerous sequels to Spider-Man: Homecoming. In fact, just after the first trailer for Homecoming was released on Friday it was confirmed that Spider-Man: Homecoming 2 will be released on July 5, 2019.
There have already been various ideas floated around for how Spider-Man’s sequels will unfold. Kevin Feige, the Marvel head honcho who has overseen the studio’s meteoric rise ever since the release of Iron Man back in 2008, teased that they could unfold in a similar fashion to the Harry Potter film series, with each new film focusing on a single school year for Peter Parker.
Feige explained to Collider that the current discussions were about “how do we do a journey for Peter not dissimilar for what the students of Hogwarts would go through each of their years.” We’ll get our first taste of Tom Holland as Peter Parker when Spider-Man: Homecoming is released on July 7, 2017.
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