Marvel Studios and Sony Pictures have finally agreed on a Peter Parker with the casting of Tom Holland as Spider-Man for their collaborative reboot. Audiences will soon find out whether it’s “third times a charm” or “three strikes you’re out” because Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield haven’t gotten the job done. Not only have they cast Tom Holland as Spider-Man, but the studios have also selected Jon Watts to direct the film with a July 28, 2017 release date.
So who are Tom Holland and Jon Watts you ask? Well Tommy, 19, doesn’t have too many credits to his name, but he played the on-screen son of Ewan McGregor and Naomi Watts in the Thai disaster film The Impossible. I’ve never seen How I Live Now, but have heard mixed things – you can watch it on Netflix now. Holland is also starring in the upcoming Ron Howard Flick, In the Heart of the Sea, which also features Marvel Studios’ the almighty Thor himself Chris Hemsworth. And as for Mr. Watts, he has directed a handful of videos for The Onion News Network, an indie horror entitled Clown, and Cop Car starring Kevin Bacon, which debuted at Sundance earlier this year.
Tom Rothman, Sony Pictures Motion Pictures Group Chairman, says,
“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 also commented saying,
“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.”
And producer Amy 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.”
As we set forth into the next chapter of the cinematic Spiderverse, keep in mind that Sony has cumulatively over the past 13 years earned more than $4 billion in world wide box office grosses for this property. And with the web-slinger entering the Marvel Cinematic Universe, I can only imagine that number intensifying immensely.
Again, the untitled Spider-Man reboot is set to hit theaters in 2D, 3D, and IMAX on July 28, 2017. Captain America: Civil War is currently in production and will be released on May 6, 2016, which Spidey will be a part of.