The MCU’s Spider-Man Has Been Cast

Tom Holland


After a month of going back and forth between Asa Butterfield (Ender’s Game) and Tom Holland (The Impossible); your new Spider-Man has been announced and it’s Tom Holland.  The Impossible was a fantastic film and Holland did a great job in it, but nothing in that film screamed Spider-Man to me…..though to be fair it is about surviving a tsunami.

Holland will make his entry into the MCU in next year’s Captain America: Civil War and will follow that with a solo film in 2017 (rumored to be called Spider-Man: The New Avenger) that will be directed by Jon Watts.  The only films Watts has done are two very small indie films that I’ve never seen, so this is a “I trust Marvel” moment.  You can bet that Holland is sewn up to be Peter Parker for a loooong time, given issues that Marvel has had with breakout stars and short-term contracts in the past (cough Robert Downey Jr. cough).  What do you think of the choice for the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s Spider-Man?

4 thoughts on “The MCU’s Spider-Man Has Been Cast”

  1. I don’t know what to say about this one. I was hoping for Miles over Peter. So. So. Much. It was a HUGE opportunity to reboot Spider-Man without boring people with the same old origin story.

    Don’t get me wrong. I would love to see Marvel/Disney reboot the Peter Parker Spider-Man, starting with the origin and moving from there. Because I’m sure they would do a better job than the first two attempts.

    In life we sometimes don’t get everything we want though. Sometimes there have to be sacrifices. Marvel/Disney needed to treat Peter Parker as a casualty, and move on. But since they didn’t, can I just say how awesome it is that Spider-Man is moving to the MCU where he belongs?


    1. Spider-Man is in the odd position of needing rehab, which given he was Marvel’s most popular character for 30 years is weird. Peter Parker isn’t the problem and Miles Morales isn’t the fix YET. Put Peter in high school and tell GOOD stories that remind people why they love him and with an actor as young as Holland they can keep him 20 years if he wants to, but then you have a perfect transition. You introduce Miles Morales and have Peter become his mentor which is EXACTLY the new status quo will be in Spider-Man #1 when Marvel’s reboot (that isn’t somehow a reboot) hits this fall. Miles is Spider-Man and Peter is his partner/mentor. That’s a long game fix for Spider-Man that could last 40 years and nail down a part of the MCU seamlessly. All it takes is the right actor to fix Peter and the right director and writers and rehab the character. So I’m more nervous about a director I haven’t ever heard of than Holland’s casting, because he really was stellar in The Impossible and they took so long with the choice, they must feel they have the right guy.


      1. I will be harder hit by another origin story than most, because I had the great misfortune of seeing Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark when it was on Broadway a few years back. I know you’re not a fan of musicals, and I have to say that this particular one threatened to make me come around to your point of view. There was some extremely clever staging, but the music was terrible (despite the fact that it was written by Bono and The Edge, who I normally love) and the plot was like Spider-Man cliff notes. The way they handled the origin was worst of all. It made no sense. Plus the actors swung over the audience on ropes at the end. It was like a circus, but with the added danger that an audience member might die.

        I hear what you’re saying about Disney/Marvel playing the long game. Their patience has been a huge part of their success. But if I were in charge (and maybe this proves that it’s good that I’m not) I would have tried to get either Toby Maguire or Andrew Garfield back, and put him in the mentor role from the start, and keep the earlier films in a kind of a quasi-continuity (though ASM2 need not ever be actually discussed).


      2. I think that he’s already going to be established in Cap 3 negates the origin story scenario. They can keep it to a paragraph or two flashbacks and people will be more than fine. They wouldn’t go wrong just ripping off Brian Michael Bendis entire Ultimate Spider-Man run as a blueprint for the next few decades.


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