Why Comic Fans Will Be Happy With Spider-Man: Homecoming, According To One Actress

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Comic book movies are a funny thing. While massively successful and far reaching, there is an added pressure of adapting beloved characters for the silver screen. Everything from the costumes, settings, and characterization are picked apart and examined by hardcore fans who are judging its accuracy to the source material. One of the most popular characters in Marvel history is Spider-Man, who was recently introduced into the Marvel Cinematic Universe in Captain America: Civil War. Tom Holland's version of the character seems to be the most accurate to the comics, as Holland reads very young and shares the same powers and limitations of his comic book counterpart. But will his solo movie be similarly accurate?

Jona Xiao is one of the many young actors who are appearing in the highly anticipated Spider-Man: Homecoming. While we don't know who Xiao will be playing in the movie, she recently spoke to Talk Nerdy With Us (via MCU Exchange) about what to expect from the movie:

I can't reveal anything about my character. But I will say -- you mentioned you were a fan -- so for fans of Spider-Man and the comics, because Marvel is going to be the one helping produce this time around, it's very much true to canon in terms of the depiction of Spider-Man, and it's his coming-of-age story when he's a teenager. So when he's coming into his powers and how he's dealing with the typical things a teenager deals with in high school, but also having these superpowers. So, I think fans will see some things they expect to see, especially if they saw Captain America: Civil War and Tom Holland's version of Spider-Man, which I think is excellent. And then also some twists and turns and surprises that the studios are throwing into the mix.

Now this is an exciting statement. While Jona Xiao kept tight lipped about her role, she may have put some some fears to rest in the process. Xiao seems to be a big fan of Spider-Man, presumably having done plenty of reading and homework in preparation for her mystery role. She's well versed enough to have knowledge of the canon, which she believes is being represented accurately in Spider-Man: Homecoming.

Tom Holland's Peter Parker is already being hailed as the most believable live action version yet. Unlike his predecessors Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield, Holland is only 20 years old; he closely resembles a high school student. Additionally, Holland is a rather accomplished acrobat and gymnast, so he'll be able to bring an athleticism to the role that has never been seen on the silver screen. Now we'll be able to see Spider-Man truly come into his own, especially with the new gadgets and suit that Tony Stark gifted him.

Spider-Man: Homecoming will swing into theaters on July 7th, 2017.

Corey Chichizola
Movies Editor

Corey was born and raised in New Jersey. Double majored in theater and literature during undergrad. After working in administrative theater for a year in New York, he started as the Weekend Editor at CinemaBlend. He's since been able to work himself up to reviews, phoners, and press junkets-- and is now able to appear on camera with some of his favorite actors... just not as he would have predicted as a kid.