There have been more movie reboots involving Spider-Man than just about any other comic book superhero to date. Honestly, if we see Uncle Ben get murdered or Peter Parker get bitten by a spider one more time, we are going to lose our minds. Lucky for us, Tom Holland’s version of Spider-Man didn’t retread on any of these classic Spidey storylines. Instead, Holland’s version of Spider-Man offered a fresh, funny and earnest retelling of a character we all know and love. Now, we won’t out and out say that Tom Holland is the SUPERIOR Spider-Man actor, but he is pretty damn perfect. Sure, Andrew Garfield and Tobey Maguire were okay, but nobody has played the role of Spider-Man as perfectly as Tom Holland has.
15 He’s not Tobey Maguire or Andrew Garfield
Okay, this entry is a bit harsh, but hey, it’s true. Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield certainly weren’t BAD versions of Spider-Man/Peter Parker, but they were part of some really bad Spider-Man movies.
For Tobey Maguire, things were going great until we saw the actor wearing black eyeliner and dancing on jazz club tables in Spider-Man 3. For Garfield, his version of Peter Parker and onscreen romance with Gwen Stacy was completely refreshing, but unfortunately all that came to a halt with the less-than-amazing The Amazing Spider-Man 2. These two Spidey franchises effectively killed all the good grace that Spider-Man had built with movie goers, which led to many rolling their eyes when news came out that yet another Spider-Man reboot was happening. Lucky for us all, Spider-Man: Homecoming was a massive critical and box office success, and it seems Spider-Man is back in the good graces of movie lovers once again.
14 He went undercover at a high school
Okay, so maybe Tom Holland didn’t go all Daniel Day Lewis and put on an actual Spider-Man suit and patrol New York for petty crimes, but he DID do some interesting research for his role as Peter Parker.
Being that Tom Holland is from the United Kingdom, he had never experienced what an American public school was actually like. Being that a huge part of Spider-Man: Homecoming was about Peter Parker’s life as a high school student, this would be helpful information to have when preparing for a role. Holland only saw one way to experience the American public school system: attend a New York high school undercover. Holland attended the Bronx School of Science for three days with only a few staff members knowing his true identity and purpose.
13 He has Stan Lee’s blessing
Stan Lee is known for being one of the most enthusiastic and positive people in entertainment, but when he gives someone his seal of approval, you better take notice.
When Stan was asked what he thought about Tom Holland’s performance as Spider-Man he said, “Oh, he’s wonderful. I was with him the other day. He is great. It’s as if we created a living being to be Spider-Man, and it turned out to be Tom.” That’s pretty high praise coming from the brilliant mind behind Marvel comics and the creator of Spider-Man himself. We can’t imagine Stan ever saying a bad thing about anyone, but the fact that he went so above and beyond in his comments says a lot about Tom Holland’s performance as Peter Parker in Spider-Man: Homecoming.
12 He fits right in with the avengers
When Marvel began searching for the perfect young actor to play the role of Peter Parker, they were not only searching for someone who could be the perfect Spider-Man, they were searching for someone to be the newest member of the Avengers, as well.
Fitting in with the likes of Tony Stark, Chris Evans and Chadwick Boseman is no easy task, so it says a lot about Tom’s ability as an actor to mesh with them so well in his first MCU appearance in Captain America: Civil War. Tom Holland is set to be a key player in the highly anticipated Avengers: Infinity War, where we will get our first real look at what Spider-Man as an Avenger actually feels like. Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield are great, but it’s hard to imagine them fighting Thanos with the Avengers in space.
11 His chemistry with Ned
In the Spider-Man films that preceded Homecoming, Peter Parker always lacked the friendship of a buddy. Well, unless you consider Harry Osborne, but that often ended up with Harry going nuts and wanting to kill Spidey. Luckily for Tom Holland, his best friend Ned (played by Jacon Batalon) doesn’t appear to be turning on him anytime soon.
That is, unless you count embarrassing Peter in front of girls turning on him. Holland and Batalon’s on-screen chemisty drove Spider-Man: Homecoming, and even gave the movie some of its most hilarious moments. Honestly, one of the main things Andrew Garfield and Tobey Maguire’s performances as Spider-Man lacked was a best friend that they could build a Lego Death Star with. We can’t wait to see where Ned and Peter’s best friend relationship goes in the future.
10 He has real life Spidey abilities
The fact that Tom Holland can look and act the part of Spider-Man should be enough to convince anyone that he’s perfect for the role, but that’s not where the young actors talent ends. Holland actually has his own Spidey moves, too. He has been seen on more than a few occasions doing flips in his Spidey suit, and even posting some of his formidable gymnastic abilities on Instagram. There’s even a scene in Spider-Man: Homecoming in which the actor gets to show of his athletic prowess with a well-placed, and hilarious, backflip. While most of Spider-Man’s acrobatics will be handled by computer generated imagery, it’s nice to know that the guy under the mask can more than hold his own when it comes to superhero moves.
9 He has room to grow
We’ve already seen Tom Holland portray Spider-Man on two different occasions: once in Captain America: Civil War, and again in his solo movie Spider-Man: Homecoming. Luckily for us, this is far from the last time we will see Holland don the red and blue Spidey suit. Holland not only has two more solo Spider-Man movies left to film, but he will also be an integral part of the highly anticipated Avengers: Infinity War. This would be a problem if Spider-Man was already 30 years old, as he’d pushing 40 when all of his contractual obligations are fulfilled. While seeing a 40-year-old man swinging around in a Spider-Man suit sounds hilarious enough, we don’t think it would translate to movie ticket sales. Luckily, Tom Holland is still in his 20s, and has time on his side to grow into an adult version of Peter Parker that we can all love.
8 He has a great relationship with his fans
Many actors who wear a skin tight super hero suit for hours on a movie set probably can’t wait to get out of it and return to their normal lives, but Tom Holland uses his status as the friendly neighborhood Spider-Man for good even after the cameras stop rolling.
On more than a few occasions, Holland has been spotted in full Spidey regalia visiting sick children in hospitals across the United States, doing his very best to spread happiness to fans of Spider-Man who are in need of a smile. While being able to pull off the part of Spider-Man on screen is important, being a hero to children and his fans makes Holland’s portrayal as the wall crawler that much more perfect in our eyes.
7 He's hilarious
One of the key character traits that make Spider-Man such a unique comic book hero isn’t his ability to crawl on walls like a spider—it’s his unrelenting humor. He is a kid, remember? While Spider-Man beats up the Green Goblin or Kraven the Hunter, he would most likely make a joke about Goblin’s pumpkins or Kraven’s affinity for fur vests instead of talking about his ability to break every bone in their bodies like, say, Batman would. Unlike most heroes, Spider-Man truly enjoys being Spider-Man, and it shines through the screens and jumps off the pages when Peter Parker runs his mouth under his mask. Unlike Garfield and Maguire, Holland has just the funny bone it takes to bring this important Spider-Man trait to life.
6 He's got the Peter Parker look
We’re not going to get all ooey and gooey about Tom Holland being as cute as a button, but, come on, have you seen the kid? Tom Holland’s Hollywood good looks aren’t just easy to look at for moviegoers, he also happens to look nearly identical to the image of Peter Parker the comics have portrayed for years. He has even been known to rock that goofy middle part that Peter classically sported in the Ultimate Spider-Man comic book series that Spider-Man: Homecoming was clearly based on. While both of the men that donned the Spider-Man suit on the big screen have looked like Peter Parker, Tom Holland feels like he IS Peter Parker, which is exactly what this character needs to feel fresh.
5 He has serious acting chops
When it was revealed that Tom Holland was in the running for the highly sought after role of Spider-Man in the first MCU portrayal of the character, many people had no idea who the young actor actually was.
While Holland was a relative unknown to even the most discerning movie fans, this is far from the young actors first rodeo in front of the cameras. Tom Holland has appeared in several films, but some of his most notable and respected appearances came from his theater roles. It’s safe to say that if you can act, sing and dance, you can probably handle the role of Spider-Man, too. Clearly the role of Spider-Man is going to be in good hands for a long time to come.
4 He sounds just like Spidey
Listening to Tom Holland’s perfect voice work in Spider-Man: Homecoming, you’d never expect that the young actor didn’t actually grow up in New York at all. In fact, Holland was born and raised in the United Kingdom, where most his early acting work took place. Holland did extensive research to perfect his Queens dialect to make his portrayal of Spider-Man as perfect as possible. Holland even put on a deeper New Yorker dialect when speaking to his classmates in costume. Think Christian Bale's gruff voice in his portrayal as the Dark Knight, except cooler, and much less weird and scary. It was great to see a Peter Parker who felt like he was truly born and raised in New York, which added a layer that had been missing from Spider-Man movies in the past.
3 He's the perfect age
Tom Holland has something going for him that the past two Spider-Men never had: he’s actually the appropriate age to play a high school student. In the comic books, Spider-Man has been as young as a 15, and as old as 35, but arguably his best adventures occur when Peter Parker is a teenager.
With Peter balancing the responsibilities of classes and friends, it makes him more relatable to younger readers, and gives him a sense of brightness that a lot of heroes lose in their old age. While Andrew Garfield and Tobey Maguire simply played the role of a teenager, Tom Holland is just barely removed from actually being one, leading to one of the freshest portrayals of the beloved Web-Head to date.
2 He keeps the fans on their toes
In the press leading up to the movie, Tom Holland was constantly making headlines by giving the press new sound bites and quotes that seemed to get everyone talking. One of the biggest bombshells came when Holland spilled the beans that he was signed on to play Spider-Man in a trilogy of solo movies in addition to his already publicized appearances in The Avengers. Tom also showed an ability to play to the diehard comic books fans when he made news by saying he wants other lesser known villains to make appearances in this new Spider-Man universe before we ever saw another version of the Green Goblin again. The most recent, and quite possibly the funniest, news he made was when he shared that he’d love to see Tobey Maguire cast to play the role of Uncle Ben in the MCU. We won’t hold our breath on that one…
1 He’s extremely grateful for the role
Getting cast as Spider-Man was anything but “just another role” for Tom Holland. For him, this was the role of a lifetime, and when Holland realized he was in the running for it, nothing could have prepared him for actually getting the role. You’d think that when Marvel Studios cast you as a major character like Spider-Man that you’d get your contract and notification via a Captain America shield with a note through his window, or maybe an Iron Man drone dropping off a postcard, but no. Actually, the actor learned of his casting in Spider-Man: Homecoming just like everyone else did: on the internet. Holland was thrilled by the news, and had a hard time believing it was true until it was confirmed by the higher-ups at Marvel.