20-year old Tom Holland is on the verge of venturing out into the Marvel mainstream. With Spider-Man: Homecoming reinventing the character after Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield put their spin on the webbed superhero, the Englishman told Variety this week that the red and blue was always his preference. Even from his early years.
"Fan is an understatement," he began. "I had the Spider-Man costume, I had bed sheets, toys, you name it. I’ve always had an argument with my best friend that Spider-Man was way better than Batman. I was a massive fan growing up."
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Yet to be a fully developed man who understands his place in the world, Holland remarked that the fallibility of the youngster is a redeeming feature.
"Peter Parker is probably the most relatable superhero maybe ever, because he goes through something that basically everyone has to go through," he said. "Whether it’s puberty or talking to girls or doing homework, he does it in such a human way. That’s why he’s such a beloved character, because so many people can relate to him. If you ask any kid under the age of 10 what their favorite colors are, it’s probably red and blue, so he’s got both of those checked off."
To tap into his inner Queens schoolboy persona, he put himself in the only position he knew how as a method actor by experiencing the real thing.
"It was a joke I made to Marvel that I wanted to go to a high school undercover to experience what New York high school is really like," he recalled. "They took it very seriously. I went to school for three days and went undercover. I put on an American accent. My name was Ben Perkins. The problem is that Bronx School of Science is for geniuses. You can't just join halfway through. You have to go through an extensive exam process. A lot of the students were very confused about why I was there, and I think a lot of the teachers were too. So the teachers kept testing me and asking me questions, and believe me, I am by no means a scientist. It was fun and I learned a lot about schools."
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Debuting as Peter Parker in the blockbuster Captain America: Civil War, Holland admitted that the casting did not go completely according to script. Having been introduced to a close group at the midway point, there will still some details that needed ironing out first.
"The first time I put on the suit was, I’m not going to lie, a little bit of a disappointment. I was cast as Spider-Man very late into the process of shooting Civil War. They’d already been shooting on my stunt double before I had the chance to come to set, so they didn’t have time to make me a suit because these suits take weeks and weeks to make, so they just decided to tailor my stunt double’s suit to me. Now my stunt double was a good two or three inches taller than me and stockier than me, so the first time I ever tried it on it was kind of like a saggy, sad Spider-Man."