After months of rumors and speculation, and pure exhaustion, Marvel (and Sony I guess) have found their new Spider-Man! Tom Holland (The Impossible) has been cast as Peter Parker and his heroic web-slinging alter-ego. Not only that, but they also announced that Jon Watts will be in the director’s chair for the standalone Spidey movie. Read the official press release and much more below!
Before we take a look at the official press release, let me just say that I think Tom Holland is an excellent casting and has actually always been my choice coming from that shortlist. Young, yes, but experienced and very talented. Holland is definitely the right look for the teenage Spidey they’re going for and from everything I’ve heard about him, he’s the exact kind of team player that Marvel wants to keep building their cinematic universe. Holland has been pretty remarkable in a number of roles, especially in The Impossible – his part alongside Naomi Watts basically elevates the entire film.
He’s been in the running for a damn long time now and has been through some demanding screen tests. Multiple sites are saying that Holland has always been the favorite by Marvel, but that they basically just didn’t want to f**k it up and make sure they made the best possible decision for this Spidey. As everyone is expecting Spider-Man to show up in Captain America: Civil War to lead into his own standalone film, Holland should be heading to Atlanta soon to join the project as Civil War is currently shooting.
As for Jon Watts, he is definitely more of an unknown. I haven’t personally seen any of his work, but am really looking forward to his film Cop Car, which stars Kevin Bacon and was a hit at this year’s Sundance Film Festival (see the trailer here). He comes from an indie film background which focuses more on character development, and that should definitely bode well for this new Spider-Man.
The new Spidey film doesn’t have a title yet, but two names have been rumored: The Spectacular Spider-Man and Spider-Man: The New Avenger. I would actually be pretty happy with either, either way, I’m very excited! A much younger Spider-Man is refreshing and new and I can’t wait to see how Holland interacts and weaves his way through the mighty Marvel Cinematic Universe that includes names like Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, and Chris Hemsworth (you can see Hemsworth and Holland co-starring in Ron Howard’s In the Heart of the Sea later this year).
Now that we do have a star and director, and that Spider-Man should be showing up in his first Marvel movie next May, we should definitely be hearing much more on his MCU role and his standalone movie here pretty soon. Until then, here’s the official press release from Marvel on the announcement:
“Sony Pictures and Marvel Studios are proud to announce that after a full worldwide casting search, Tom Holland will play Peter Parker/Spider-Man in the next Spider-Man film, in theaters in IMAX and 3D on July 28, 2017. The film will be directed by Jon Watts, director of Cop Car, the upcoming thriller that made its debut earlier this year at the Sundance Film Festival.
Marvel and Sony Pictures, and producers Kevin Feige and Amy Pascal conducted an extensive search for both the actor and the director. The studios and producers were impressed by Holland’s performances in The Impossible, Wolf Hall, and the upcoming In the Heart of the Sea, and by a series of complex screen tests. Following Marvel’s tradition of working with the brightest next wave of directors, Watts also went through multiple meetings with Feige, Pascal, and the studio, before winning the job.
Commenting on the announcement, Tom Rothman, Sony Pictures Motion Pictures Group Chairman, said, “It’s a big day here at Sony. Kevin, Amy and their teams have done an incredible job. The Marvel process is very thorough, and that’s why their results are so outstanding. I’m confident Spider-Man will be no exception. I’ve worked with a number of up-and-coming directors who have gone on to be superstars and believe that Jon is just such an outstanding talent. For Spidey himself, we saw many terrific young actors, but Tom’s screen tests were special. All in all, we are off to a roaring start.”
Feige commented, “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 take and work inspiring.”
Pascal added, “Sony, Marvel, Kevin and I all knew that for Peter Parker, we had to find a vibrant, talented young actor capable of embodying one of the most well-known characters in the world. With Tom, we’ve found the perfect actor to bring Spider-Man’s story into the Marvel Cinematic Universe.”
Sony Pictures will finance and release worldwide the next installment of the $4 billion Spider-Man franchise on July 28, 2017, in a film co-produced by Kevin Feige and his expert team at Marvel and Amy Pascal, who oversaw the franchise launch for the studio 13 years ago. Together, they will collaborate on a new creative direction for the Web-Slinger.
Spider-Man, embraced all over the world, is the most successful franchise in the history of Sony Pictures, with the five films having taken in more than $4 billion worldwide.”
Spider-Man slings into theaters on July 28th, 2017. Directed by Jon Watts and starring Tom Holland as Peter Parker/Spider-Man.