The Surprising Way Tom Holland Learned He Landed Marvel's Spider-Man

It took many months for Marvel Studios and Sony Pictures to agree on the new actor who would play Spider-Man in the ever-growing Marvel Cinematic Universe. What may surprise you, however, is that when they actually did make their choice, they told the world before the ever told the performer. Or at least that's the story that's being told by actor Tom Holland, who learned from the internet that he was to becoming the latest live-action version of the web-slinger.

The actor, who can currently be seen in theaters starring in Ron Howard's In The Heart of the Sea, was recently a guest on Sway's radio show, and it was while talking about his role as Spider-Man that he revealed the moment he learned that he got the part. Thinking back to that particularly special day in late June, Holland recalled,

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 said 'Go to our website, and find out who it is.'

In case you were wondering exactly what the Instagram embed he's talking about looked like, you can see the post below:

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This is an odd story for what should be very obvious reasons. When an actor signs on for a part as huge as Spider-Man, you'd think that he would be around to shake a few hands and celebrate a bit with the people who made the deal. So why did it take social media for the word to get out to Tom Holland? It's certainly bizarre, but then again so are a lot of things in Hollywood.

Holland has already completed his first time filming as Peter Parker/Spider-Man, as he was part of the production of Joe and Anthony Russo's Captain America: Civil War this past summer. Soon enough, however, he will be throwing his (presumably) red and blue tights back on, as production on director Jon Watt's untitled solo Spider-Man movie is scheduled to begin shooting next summer - on pace to hit theaters July 28, 2017.

The next few months are guaranteed to be filled with all kinds up updates about the future of Spider-Man in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, with the production putting together some of the essential pieces that make up the character's lore. Be sure to stay tuned for all of the latest updates!

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