Tom Holland might be the third actor to play the role of Peter Parker on the big screen within a decade, but his version of the web-slinger is going to be different from its predecessors. Ahead of the release of Spider-Man: Homecoming, the 21-year-old revealed the comic books that influenced the creation of Marvel Cinematic Universe’s youngest superhero.
Tom Holland’s Marvel Reading List
The superhero origin of the friendly neighborhood Spider-Man has been told ad nauseum on the big screen. That is why Marvel, in partnership with Sony, decided to tell a different story that still centers around Peter Parker but without any radioactive spiders nor dead Uncle Bens.
In Spider-Man: Homecoming, fans will see a teenage Peter Parker trying to readjust to his normal life after fighting alongside and against the Avengers. He also has Iron Man himself, Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.), as his superhero mentor.
While Holland is the third actor to assume the role of Peter Parker on the big screen, he is bringing a fresh new take on the character. In a new interview, he revealed which parts of the comic book superhero’s 55-year-run influenced his version of the character.
“The comics that sort of resonated with me most and I used for my performance was the Ultimate Spider-Man comics,” he shared to IGN. “They’re so modern and up-to-date with what’s happening in the world right now. For me, it was just a really, really strong thing to follow and I have so many screenshots on my phone from like lines that were written that I stole to use for the movie.” He also admitted that his favorite story line is the Clone Saga.
The Ultimate Spider-Man comics ran from 2000 to 2009. It was a massive hit to fans because it was a modernized re-imagining of the long-running Spider-Man comic book franchise.
Fans should not even have to wait for the movie to be released to see the influence of Ultimate Spider-Man. In fact, the first trailer released by Marvel already featured scenes directly lifted from the comic books. The friendship between Peter and Ned (Jacob Batalon) and the bank robbery were all directly adapted from the comic book series.
Peter Parker’s Ordinary Life
Spider-Man: Homecoming also features a bigger focus on the life of the young Peter beyond the mask. In the upcoming movie, fans will meet the people around him: from his best friend to his crushes at Mid-Town High, all these characters are integral to telling a superhero story.
In the same interview with IGN, Holland explained that these ordinary humans help tell a more authentic story.
“I think the biggest difference is it makes him more real,” the actor explained. He added that Peter’s friendship with Ned will make it even harder for the hero to leave his normal life behind and assume the responsibilities of becoming the Spider-Man.
Moreover, the movie will also tackle the beginnings of Peter’s career in crime-fighting. Holland explained that while older, more experienced Avengers are burdened with the responsibility of saving the world, Peter is just very much excited to become a superhero.
However, this enthusiasm might just become his downfall. Peter is very much still inexperienced and eager to face even opponents that may be tougher than himself. The actor shared that the web-slinger will make a few mistakes along the way. Watch his interview below:
Spider-Man: Homecoming also stars Zendaya, Marisa Tomei, Martin Starr, Logan Marshall-Green, Hannibal Buress, Bokeem Woodbine, Angourie Rice, Flash Thompson and Jon Favreau. Directed by Jon Watts, the movie will be released on July 7.