[UPDATE: It has finally been officially confirmed that Spider-Man will make his first MCU appearance in “Captain America: Civil War.”]
Plus, a director has been hired for the standalone Spidey movie!
Finally! After months of speculation, rumors, reports of young actors auditioning and near castings following the announcement that Marvel and Sony would be joining forces to bring the web-slinger to the big screen, we finally know who will be the new Spider-Man for the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Several young actors were in contention for the role, including Asa Butterfield, Charlie Rowe, Matthew Lintz, Charlie Plummer and even Chandler Riggs (Carl from “The Walking Dead”) says he auditioned, but in the end, the role has gone to British actor Tom Holland (“The Impossible”).
The 19-year-old Holland is the youngest actor to take on the role, after Tobey Maguire (who was 26 when he was first cast) and Andrew Garfield (who was 28). Personally, I’m glad they’re going younger, but I didn’t want him to be too young. When Holland’s name was first brought up, alongside four other young actors, the only pictures of the actor online were from when he was much younger. Seeing what he looks like now, I have a much better feeling about this casting. In my opinion, they did not go too young with it. I can’t speak for the actor himself, not having seen any of his work, but age and looks-wise, I think it’s pretty good. And Holland recently showed us that he has the athletic skills to play Spidey.
In addition to this casting news, today we also learned who will be directing the Sony/Marvel joint standalone “Spider-Man” film. Jon Watts, who directed the Kevin Bacon vehicle (pun intended) “Cop Car” will helm the film. I haven’t seen the film, but I’m guessing Watts did a good enough job with the kids in the film (who steal the titular police vehicle) that Sony and Marvel decided he could handle the high school life of Peter Parker. A director as early in his career as Watts is might seem like an odd choice, but remember, before being hired to helm “The Amazing Spider-Man,” Marc Webb’s only feature film directing credit was “(500) Days of Summer.”
Tom Holland’s Spider-Man is expected to appear first in “Captain America: Civil War,” which is filming right now and will hit theaters on May 6, 2016. The rebooted “Spider-Man” solo film will hit theaters July 28, 2017.