Tom Holland found out he got the role of Spider-Man via Instagram. The 20-year-old actor reprises his role as the Marvel superhero in Spider-Man: Homecoming and was told the exciting news that he had landed his dream gig through the photo-sharing app, which he says was “absolutely nuts”.
Asked how he found out he had the job, he said: “I was in my bed scrolling through Instagram. It had been about a month since my audition. And Marvel just posted a photo saying go to our website and find out who the next Spider-Man is. I went on the Marvel website on my computer and there it was: The new Spider-Man is Tom Holland. I went ballistic, like absolutely nuts.”
Tom has already portrayed Spider-Man in Captain America: Civil War, but says this time they’ve decided to make the fight scenes “child-friendly”.
He told The Hollywood Reporter: “You’ve seen the billionaire, the scientist, the soldier. Now it’s time to see the kid. And every decision we make on set is based off how would a kid react in this situation, so every fight scene we have is designed in a way that’s almost child-friendly, so he never actually punches anyone. It’s all done kind of by accident. I think the biggest difference is his youth and innocence.”
Tom also revealed that he has signed up for a total of three movies for Spider-Man and has praised Marvel for allowing him to work on other films.
He said: “I do know I have three Spider-Man movies and three solo movies contracted. But if you have another movie, Marvel is so good at working around it. They’re very respectful of your life, really. They understand that you have to work on other movies, and they try and fix it up so you can work around each other.”
Spider-Man: Homecoming is slated for release in 2017.