Sunday, June 28, 2015

Tom Holland to play Spider-Man in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Jon Watts to direct stand-alone film

After months of ridiculous speculation and supposed confirmations, Marvel finally confirmed on Tuesday that actor Tom Holland will play Spider-Man in an upcoming reboot. Taking over the mantle from Tobey Maguire (who played Spider-Man in a trilogy of films from 2002-2007) and Andrew Garfield (who had two outings as Spidey in 2012 and 2014), Holland will star in a Spider-Man stand-alone reboot that will hit theaters on July 28, 2017, as well as numerous appearances in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Holland's Spidey will have a role in Marvel's Captain America: Civil War, which will feature a massive showdown between Cap and Iron Man, as well as a presumed appearance in Avengers: Infinity War. It's safe to say that Holland has bagged one of the most coveted roles in recent cinematic history and that his Spider-Man is here to stay for the long run.

Although Spidey is back in the MCU, he's still technically a Sony property. Tom Rothman and Amy Pascal both released statements about Holland, who they called "special" and a "vibrant, talented young actor." Holland impressed many critics in 2012's The Impossible and also has a role in Ron Howard's In the Heart of the Sea, which is an early Oscar favorite. Not much is known about the Spider-Man stand-alone reboot, but Marvel and Sony did surprise audiences by announcing that Jon Watts will direct the film. Watts, known best from the indie world, has a lot on his hands with this one, and fans will undoubtedly be picky about the third new series of Spider-Man films since 2002. "As with James Gunn, Joss Whedon, and the Russo brothers, we love finding new and exciting voices to bring these characters to life. We spent a lot of time with Jon and find his work and take inspiring," was the statement from Marvel head Kevin Feige. Marvel fans will get another look at Watts' work in the upcoming thriller Cop Car, but for now, fans have engaged in fervent discussion over the casting of Holland and the choice of Watts to direct the film. Holland was impressive in The Impossible, but I'm not overly familiar with neither him nor Watts. Hopefully we get a good look at the future of the web-slinger in Civil War when it hits on May 6, 2016.

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