‘Spider-Man’s’ Tom Holland on ‘Stealing’ From Tobey Maguire, Andrew Garfield and Responding to Fan Backlash

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When Marvel Studios announced that British actor Tom Holland was set to play Spider-Man last June, some fans objected and criticized the casting by saying he was too young for the web-slinging role. The negative comments and backlash have only fueled Holland to work harder.

“Well, everyone is entitled to their own opinion and it just gives me more motivation to prove them wrong when I do start shooting the movie,” Holland told Variety at the premiere of his latest film, “In the Heart of the Sea,” in New York on Monday. “And hopefully I will and it would be good fun.”

Holland’s “In the Heart of the Sea” director, Ron Howard, has no doubt that the 19-year-old will deliver a crowd-pleasing performance as Spider-Man.

“Tom has the best qualities. He’s energetic, he’s charismatic and he impressed us every day with his strong work ethic,” Howard told Variety. “He has a great combination of physical ability and his willingness to throw himself into situations and still be connected to a character emotionally in ways that rings true.”

The young actor, who starred along with Naomi Watts and Ewan McGregor in the 2012 tsunami drama “The Impossible,” is set to make his debut in “Captain America: Civil War,” on May 6, 2016 and in Sony Pictures’ stand-alone “Spider-Man” reboot scheduled to be released on July 28, 2017. When asked what it feels like to wear the iconic red and blue spandex suit, he quickly replied, “I can’t comment on that,” but teased that his version of the friendly neighborhood Spider-Man will be special compared to the other adaptations.

“The only difference I’m going to tell you is that I’m way younger, and at the moment, there’s going to be both things from Tobey [Maguire] and Andrew’s [Garfield] character that I’m going to steal,” said Holland. “But there’s one very specific path that [director] Jon [Watts] and I agree on and we’d like to take the character down and explore his background.”

One thing Holland can talk about in detail is when he found out he had won the coveted role.

“I auditioned and waited and waited for months. When I got the call that I received the part, there was a lot of screaming. My whole family and I were screaming and we were so excited,” he said. “My poor dog Tess was scared from all the jumping and screaming. It was one of the happiest days of my life. I’m still very happy. Sometimes I have to pinch myself and ask, ‘Do I really have the honor to play Spider-Man? Am I dreaming?'”

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  1. khushi bansal says:

    Uh..I really didn’t like tom holland..he didnt have anything special or better than andrew garfield..really andrew garfield was,is and always will be the best spiderman and parker..tom ho find aome other character you are not made to play spiderman you suck

  2. Ali Farah says:

    Tom Holland congratulations on playing Spider-Man. I hope you would be good like Tobey Maguire. I missed Tobey I wish he can play him

  3. mahe says:

    We give the chance to him. Isaw his backflip videos its superb but my favor is andrew he give the real feel and emotions of parker I want Tom to be the best spider man

  4. mattzweck says:

    Tobey magurie was the best.

  5. Riley says:

    Andrew was better than Tobey, and I loved Tobey

    • stopthereboot says:

      Andrew was horrible. He tried to play it too cool. Underneath that suit Spiderman was a geek. Not some cool James Dean wannabe.

    • afsdasdf says:

      I think Andrew’s series had a better script though. His spiderman was more about the man than the “woah new abilities, look at all the things to do.” With each iteneration (sp) of spiderman, I’m sure it should only get better and better though. Like a Spidey 3.0.

  6. Aryion. says:

    I hate tom holland he is not as good or the best as Tobey Maguire and no matter what they say he won’t and he never will be as good or great or the best spiderman actor as Tobey #My fav Tobey #vote for Tobey

  7. Joom says:

    I never understood the “too young” complaints, in the comics Peter Parker was 15 or 16 when he became Spiderman. To my mind both Maguire and Garfield looked too old in their origin movies.

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