Officially from Marvel’s own website, Tom Holland (The Impossible) is our new Spider-Man, with Jon Watts directing, whose Cop Car was a big hit at Sundance this year. Neither Holland nor Watts have an extensive resume, but Marvel Studios casting decisions have never been off in past (with the exception of Edward Norton).
I don’t know much about either of these guys, but Holland looks the part; not too male model-y, he’s got an everyman look to him.
Will he misunderstand what makes Peter Parker special (like Garfield’s interpretation)? Will viewers complain about his being too nerdy (and not cool enough)? Or will this be the second Peter Parker who takes the great power/great responsibility mantra to heart? They’ve hit various levels of rock bottom in the last decade of Spider-Man movies, so here’s to hoping they give us the third good Spider-Man movie with this one.
The official announcement follows:
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 [in] 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.