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Tom Holland Discovered He Was Spider-Man Through Social Media

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For the introduction of Spider-Man in the MCU, Marvel Studios needed a fresh face. English actor Tom Holland made took the role and wowed audiences with his debut in Captain America: Civil War. When it came to finding out if he got the part, Holland learned alongside everyone else.

Do It For The Gram

In 2015, Holland made his way to Marvel Studios to audition for Spider-Man. Landing the iconic role was a huge dream for the actor, and he did what he could to impress everyone. “I was a gymnast when I was a kid, so I did a backflip, just to show Marvel that I could do that sort of stuff. I was like, ‘Hi, I’m Tom Holland.’ Backflip. ‘I’m from London.’ Side flip. ‘I’m five-foot-seven.’ Front flip. I had a lot of fun making those tapes,” the actor told The Hollywood Reporter.

After numerous auditions, it was time for Holland to wait for the big announcement. “I was in my bed scrolling through Instagram. It had been about a month since my audition. And Marvel just posted a photo saying go to our website and find out who the next Spider-Man is,” Holland also told The Hollywood Reporter. Usually, actors get notified ahead of the big reveal if they got the part. Since Holland didn’t receive any word from Marvel, he assumed it went to someone else. Fortunately, he got the surprise of a lifetime when he entered the website. “I went on the Marvel website on my computer and there it was: The new Spider-Man is Tom Holland. I went ballistic, like absolutely nuts,” Holland told The Hollywood Reporter.

Does Whatever A Spider Can

Holland’s part in Captain America: Civil War made him an overnight star. Before the film, he gained accolades for his work in 2012’s Oscar-nominated film The Impossible. Captain America: Civil War landed Holland the Saturn Award for Best Performance by a Younger Actor. In 2017, he moved to the lead actor position with Spider-Man: Homecoming, which earned $880.2 million. The film earned Holland his second Saturn Award along with a Teen Choice Award for Choice Summer Movie Actor. 2019 found Holland dominating the box office with Avengers: Endgame and Spider-Man: Far From Home. Both movies earned a combined $3.93 billion at the box office.

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Swinging His Web To Bigger Things

Holland won’t be hanging up his Spider-Man suit in the future. A third pider-Man film in the MCU is in development right now. This flick is slated to be released on July 16, 2021. Holland will also reprise the role for the Disneyland attraction Avengers Campus. The first Avengers Campus attraction will open in June 2021 in Disneyland Paris. Hong Kong Disneyland will have the attraction in 2023 while Disney California Adventure Park gets it at an undisclosed date.

The actor also has plenty of work outside of the MCU. Holland will portray Nathan Drake in the forthcoming film adaptation of popular video game “Uncharted.” The movie, which is being directed by Ruben Fleischer, will hit theaters on October 8, 2021. Holland will also reunite with The Russo Brothers for the crime drama Candy. The film is based on Nico Walker’s book of the same name. Bill Skarsgård, Jack Reynor, and Michael Gandolfini will also star in the movie.

2020 found the actor reuniting with his MCU co-stars in major films. He teamed up with Robert Downey Jr. for Dolittle and partnered with Chris Pratt for Onward. Later this year, he’ll join forces with Sebastian Stan for Netflix’s psychological thriller The Devil All the Time.

While he won’t be Spider-Man forever, Holland’s career will be filled with achievements for years to come.

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