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Taking on an iconic role can be a daunting task for any actor. In the case of Tom Holland, he not only had to be the one to bring Spider-Man to life for the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but he had to do it after following in the very recent footsteps of Andrew Garfield and Tobey Maguire. Holland says the biggest challenge to playing Spider-Man was finding a way to play him differently than had been done before.
It hasn't even been two decades since Sam Raimi brought the first Spider-Man movie to the big screen. We’re now on the verge of seeing the sixth film to feature Marvel's character, and the third actor to do so. This means that both previous performances were fresh in Tom Holland’s mind while he played Peter Parker himself. Holland told HeyUGuys that not copying their work was difficult, but there was one unique thing about the MCU Spider-Man that helped him differentiate the character.
It was very difficult to not obviously copy what Andrew and Tobey had done because what they did was so brilliant. I think our main difference is trying to make Peter feel like a kid and in the film you see a kid reacting to meeting the Avengers for the first time. I think that's one of the things people love about these films is seeing real life occurrences happen in these crazy films and that's exactly what happens to Peter in his house.
While most of the new Spider-Man in Captain America: Civil War is still being kept under wraps, a couple of TV spots have been released over the last couple of days, and each have shown us a little bit about what Tom Holland is talking about. We’ve seen more of his first meeting with the Avengers and, as the actor describes, he certainly comes across as a kid in the scene rather than the more mature character played by Andrew Garfield or Tobey Maguire. He actually stops to tell Captain America what a big fan he is. In another sequence we’ve seen, he admires The Winter Soldier’s metal arm...right after he’s nearly punched in the face with it. Check out Tom Holland’s complete comments below.
While the MCU is full of heroes, and Captain America: Civil War is full of more than any other movie, Spider-Man is looking to be a unique character as the only one who’s not an adult. It seems strange to call Spider-Man unique when he’s been one of the most ubiquitous characters on the screen in recent years. Yet, that was the challenge that Marvel and Tom Holland had, and it at least appears they’ve gone a long way to achieving it. We'll know for sure when we get to see the final product on May 6.