Tom Holland and Robert Downey Jr. Talk SPIDER-MAN
Rising actor Tom Holland (In the Heart of the Sea) becomes the third actor to portray Spider-Man on the big screen when he makes his Marvel Cinematic Universe debut in Captain America: Civil War next week, but this newly rebooted iteration of the character stands as the first time Marvel Studios themselves get to serve as creative producers on the webhead, a position the hit-making studio will retain moving forward. “I’ve known all those people for a very long time. Amy Pascal, Tom Rothman, who runs Sony now, I’ve known for years,” Marvel Studios’ Kevin Feige says of Pascal, producer on Spider-Man: Homecoming, and Rothman, Chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment’s Motion Picture Group. “So, it’s been great. They really are supportive in allowing us to make the creative decisions to make [Spider-Man: Homecoming], but they’ve been great partners. So far so good on that movie.”
Feige, president of Marvel Studios, has produced every one of the studio’s features since 2008’s Iron Man. “We are the ones hiring the actor, introducing him in [Captain America: Civil War], and then working right now on the script and soon to be shooting the actual Spidey film,” Feige said of Spider-Man: Homecoming, the July 2017 feature that will be distributed by Sony but creatively produced by Marvel Studios, whose handling of the character has already garnered high praise.
Nineteen year old Holland finds himself on Iron Man’s side of the conflict that splits the Avengers in in Captain America: Civil War, with the actor praising co-star Downey, who was recently confirmed to appear in Spider-Man: Homecoming. “It was pretty daunting at first, I’m not gonna lie,” he admits. “But working with Robert especially, he’s such a nice, easy-going guy, that I instantly felt at home, and I instantly felt comfortable. So I had nothing to worry about. And yeah, he sort of guided me through that scene, and really helped me, I hope, give the best performance I could give.”
As for his take on Spider-Man, Holland revealed, “It was very difficult to not obviously copy what Andrew [Garfield] and Tobey [Maguire] had done, because what they did was brilliant. But I think our main difference is trying to make Peter feel like a kid. And in the film, you see a kid reacting to meeting the Avengers for the first time.” Holland has already received high praise from co-star Chris Evans, with Downey similarly weighing in on the new Spidey. “He’s something else. He came on with a bang. There’s a lot of excitement about seeing what’ll happen,” the Iron Man actor said of Holland. Captain America: Civil War directors Joe and Anthony Russo repeated Downey’s comments, before adding that Iron Man recruits the rookie Spider-Man because he “believes that he’s taking with him perhaps one of the most powerful characters in the Marvel universe.”
Spider-Man swings into the Marvel Universe in Captain America: Civil War, out May 6th, with Holland reprising the role in Spider-Man: Homecoming, out July 7th, 2017.