Spider-Man comes home to the Marvel Cinematic Universe
Are you ready for more "Spider-Man" on the big screen?
Tom Holland dons his Spidey suit once again as Spider-Man/Peter Parker in "Spider Man: Homecoming," which hits theaters this week. Holland, who first played the web-slinger in last year's "Captain America: Civil War," will trade his adventures with the Avengers for a regular life as a teenage superhero living in Queens, New York, in this flick, and he sat down with BUILD series to get fans' Spider-Senses tingling.
Holland spent months fighting for the coveted role. "I didn't know I was auditioning for Spider-Man for the longest time," said Holland, who was initially given scenes from other films to read in his auditions. "Eventually, they sent me the new sides... and I was reading them like, 'So you want me to read Spider-Man's lines, right?' And they're like, 'Yeah.' 'So I'm auditioning for Spider-Man?' 'No, no, no, no, no. We just want you to read Spider-Man's lines.'"
Holland auditioned eight times, over nearly six months, before heading home to wait for the call, but instead of learning the news the traditional way, Holland discovered he booked the role from a post on Marvel's Instagram. Two days later, he was on the set of "Captain America" shooting Spider-Man's surprise cameo in that film.
Director Jon Watts was hired around the same time, before "Spider-Man: Homecoming" even had a script, and worked closely with Holland throughout the film's early development.
"We'd text each other a lot of panels from comics," said Watts. "So, as I was doing my research Tom was doing his research, which just meant reading a bunch of comic books, which was pretty awesome. We'd take photos, and text each other our favorite panels, cool poses, action beats, and things like that. A lot of them actually made it into the movie."
Holland is the youngest actor to play Spider-Man on screen, which gives the film a fresh take on the character. Watts inspired his cast with a movie marathon of classic coming-of-age films like "Ferris Bueller's Day Off," "Sixteen Candles," "Say Anything...," and "Pretty in Pink." "The idea of bringing that youthful spirit to the Spider-Man story was our main inspiration," said Watts.
Holland revealed that "Homecoming" shares a special connection to the Tobey Maguire "Spider-Man" from 2002: "My key riggers were the original Spider-Man stunt doubles," said Holland, "they were in charge of flying me around on wires and stuff. So I really had the OG Spider-Man team looking after me."
This time around, the Spider-Man franchise opens the door to characters and storylines that were previously off limits, thanks to a special agreement between Sony and Marvel Studios, and now Spidey gets to share the screen with Iron Man/Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) in "Homecoming," and fight alongside the Avengers in future Marvel films. "When you get to set a movie like this in the Marvel Universe, there are so many issues that all those other movies have raised," said Watts. "It's fun to tackle them!"
"Spider-Man: Homecoming" swings into theaters July 7.