With Ron Howard’s In the Heart of the Sea set to be released later this month, Tom Holland has been given ample opportunity to discuss taking on the role of Spider-Man in Captain America: Civil War next year. While he hasn’t revealed anything too specific, the actor has weighed in on a number of topics.
For starters, he was asked about all those impressive videos of him leaping around and showing off the kind of moves you’d hope to see a character like Spidey utilise!
“I used to be in a show in London called Billy Elliot, so I was one of the young kids in that, and that’s just one of the skills I learned from there really. And I’ve just sort of continued on with it and tried to excel, and it’s gonna help me a lot I think when we come to shooting Spider-Man.”
It also sounds like Holland is really enjoying the research which has come with taking on the role of Spider-Man in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and while it’s still too early to say which comics are going to influence Jon Watts’ 2017 reboot, the British actor pointed out that he’s particularly enjoying Brian Michael Bendis’ Ultimate Spider-Man run.
“There’s lots of things I didn’t know about him. I mean, there’s so many different versions of his story, and my favorite of which at the moment is the Ultimate Spider-Man. And the one thing I’m really excited about is that he’s not a superhero that’s on his own, you know? He has connections with some of the most powerful people in this Marvel Universe so I’m quite excited to explore that and see if Marvel will go down that route, you know? Which I’m sure they will. I mean, if they’ve got all these incredible characters at hand, I mean, why not use them, you know?”
Holland was then asked about that recent Instragram photo of him seemingly showing off his Peter Parker haircut.
“But you know what? That was so innocent though! I did not know that I was doing that. Afterwards I was kind of like, ‘Yeah, that is kind of Spider-Man hair.’ I’d just watched Edward Scissorhands again and I sort of looked up Johnny Depp, I was like, ‘Oh, he’s so cool. I’m gonna try to copy his hairstyle,’ and everyone went crazy saying I looked like Peter Parker, which I guess is a good thing. But that is not my hairstyle right now.”
Well, that’s a shame, but the photo certainly did go a long way in easing the minds of fans unsure about Holland playing Spider-Man, so it’s no bad thing that the mistake was made. When we’ll get a first official look at him as Peter Parker remains to be seen, but chances are it won’t be until next year unfortunately…