The Marvel Cinematic Universe has found its Peter Parker.
It was officially announced earlier today that actor Tom Holland, most known for roles in 2012’s The Impossible and Ron Howard’s upcoming sea epic In The Heart Of The Sea, would be cast as the rebooted Spider-Man in the upcoming superhero film Captain America: Civil War. After an extensive search for the next Spider-man boiled down between actors Asa Butterfield (Hugo, Ender’s Game), Matthew Lintz (Kill The Messenger) and Charlie Rowe (“Red Band Society”), producers Kevin Feige and Amy Pascal set their sights on Holland after they concluded screen tests last week.
In addition to casting Holland as Parker, Pascal and Feige also selected the filmmaker to helm Spidey’s titular reboot. Jon Watts, director of 2015’s Cop Car and 2014’s Clown, is set to direct the film, slated for a 2017 release. While Watt’s film work isn’t well known enough to make a claim on how well he will handle Spider-Man, he has directed a handful of television episodes for the Onion News Network. So take that for whatever judgement you have at this news.
Other than that, I’m excited to see Holland take on the role. I was opting for Rowe, and really I wanted Andrew Garfield to return for the role (I’m still cursing at Sony for killing off The Amazing Spider-man series so quickly). However, Holland is definitely not a bad choice. He has a variety of dramatic roles under his belt, and it will be interesting to see how he handles a younger role planted within the MCU.
What do you guys think? Are you excited to see Holland swing into action? Or were you hoping another actor would put on the mask?
Comment below, let me know.
– David Dunn
SOURCE: Marvel.com, The Hollywood Reporter