Following a big search for the next incarnation of Spider-Man, Marvel has officially announced that Tom Holland (The Impossible) -- who just recently teased his acrobatics on Instagram (see below pic and videos) -- has nabbed the much-coveted role of Peter Parker/Spider-Man. Furthermore, Jon Watts (Cop Car) has been chosen to direct the web-slinger's next solo movie, due out on July 28, 2017.
Fans most likely won't have to wait that long to see Holland as Spider-Man. The character is rumored to be appearing in Captain America: Civil War first, due out on May 6, 2016, as part of a new deal that allows Spider-Man to cross over into the Marvel cinematic universe. So while he'll have a new solo series that will apparently track Spidey through his high school years, chances are Spider-Man will also become the first teenaged Avenger in the not-too-distant future, perhaps in the two-part Avengers: Infinity War, due in 2018 and 2019.
Here is Holland teasing his Spidey moves for fans on Instagram. If you're not convinced he's got what it takes to play the Marvel superhero, then definitely watch this.
Here's more of Marvel's official press release:
"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."
What do you think? Are you excited to see Tom Holland take over as Spider-Man?