In case you haven’t heard yet, Marvel has finally announced who will be filling the role of Spider-Man! After weeks of rumors as to who would earn the role, 19-year old Tom Holland of the U.K. was named as the next Spider-Man. Not only has the Spider-Man actor been named, but the director of the new origin movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) has also been named. Jon Watts, known for directing Cop Car will be taking on the project.
According to IMDB, some of Holland’s works include: The Secret World of Arrietty (UK Version, 2010), The Impossible (2012), Locke (2013), and How I Live Now (2013).
Some of the other candidates for the coveted role were fellow Brit Asa Butterfield (18) from the Ender’s Game movies, American Nat Wolff (20) from Nickolodeon’s Naked Brothers Band and a break out role in The Fault in Our Stars, Timothée Chalamat (19) who last appeared in Interstellar, and Liam James (18) who started on Psych as well as the apocalyptic 2012.
Now that Spider-Man has finally been revealed, we can look forward to his introduction in the MCU in the upcoming Captain America: Civil War slated for theatrical release May 6th, 2016 and an origin story with a current 2017 release date. Spider-Man will also have roles in the upcoming 2 part Avengers: Infinity Gauntlet movies with release dates of 2018 and 2019 respectively.
So far the feedback to Holland being named Spider-Man has been mixed. While some are excited to see what Holland brings to the role, others aren’t so sure about the direction of Spider-Man. The rebooted origin story for the web-slinging hero would come between Captain America: Civil War and Infinity Gauntlet: Part 1, both of which Spider-Man is set to appear. It would also be the third origin story with a third actor showing how Peter Parker earned his powers, with the first two roles being played by Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield respectively. This is the other side of the feedback. Most fans don’t like the way that Spider-Man has been handled, which was previously owned by Sony. A lot of fans have said that they would prefer to just introduce Spider-Man already grown up with his powers and go from there, while others have said that so long as the origin story is handled well that they would be satisfied with a third reboot.
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