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Our first experiences as moviegoers are some of the most magical. Many of us can think back to our earliest memory at the movies and how exciting and new it felt as kids before it became a routine thrill we can’t help but return to. These days, many young moviegoers will find their love of cinema through the Marvel Cinematic Universe, including the upcoming Spider-Man: Far From Home.
Tom Holland remembered right away that his first time movie he saw on the big screen was Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace. The 1999 prequel came out when he was four years old, and he wet himself in the theater because he couldn’t bare leaving and missing a single moment of space opera. Funny enough, he said he was also sitting on his granddad’s lap. So maybe he just didn’t let young Holland forget it?
This is certainly an adorable story about the power of cinema on the Spider-Man actor since the beginnings of his exposure to it and to how powerful of a hold Star Wars has on audiences of all ages. Oh, and not to mention he now co-stars with Phantom Menace’s Mace Windu, Samuel L. Jackson.
Interestingly enough, Samuel L. Jackson also told CinemaBlend that watching the first Star Wars in 1977 on the big screen shaped him a moviegoer. He’d have to have been 28 at the time A New Hope hit theaters.
Samuel L. Jackson explained that it introduced something audiences had never seen before. The first Star Wars did mark the beginning of the sci-fi blockbuster that still dominates the box office 40 years later. It’s pretty awesome that Holland and Jackson were so deeply affected by the kind of movies they are part of today!
Far From Home’s MJ, Zendaya, couldn’t think up her first ever movie-going experience but she reminisced on leaving the theaters and reenacting the scenes for her parents. It proved to be good practice for her current success.
Jacob Batalon (who plays Spidey’s bestie Ned) showed his love for the big franchises of the early ‘00s Star Wars, Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings, while Jake Gyllenhaal named other sci-fi/fantasy films Dune and Willow.
While we don’t suggest Tom Holland’s four-year-old approach to movie-going (you know, unless you’re actually four), with the high praise Spider-Man: Far From Home has received so far, you’re not going to want to miss a second. The film will officially end MCU’s Phase 3 when it swings into theaters on July 3.