Tom Holland and Jon Watts Talk ‘SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING’
Tom Holland was announced to be the new Spider-Man and was set to make his debut in last year’s Captain America: Civil War, it was hilarious and great. Fans were pleased that once again the studio has chosen right and another Brit. Upon that, the studio announced that the Spider-Man world will once again get rebooted and that he would get his own solo adventure film. Five films in the last 15 years, two previous actors. Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield. Enter Holland and SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING.
“We’ve seen the Norse God, we’ve seen the billionaire, we’ve seen the soldier– now we get to see the kid. And one of the themes of the movie is what would a 15-year-old boy do with super powers? So the opening act to the movie, you see Peter really trying to discover who he is and what he can do, which is something I feel like we haven’t really explored massively in the previous movies… seeing Peter make mistakes and try to rectify them, and learn exactly what he can do. And that was something I was very passionate about, and I know Jon [Watts, director] was as well– and from the first draft that was always in the script.”
Holland also spoke about Peter’s relationship with being Spider-Man in the film.
“It changes very drastically halfway through the movie. You see him really enjoying his powers, really getting to grips with what he can do and just experimenting throughout the movie. But then through a turn of events things happen, and it becomes a real serious matter. Then all of a sudden his powers become a bit of a burden, and it’s nice to play those two different feelings towards his powers.”
In this film, Peter is still in high school and has to also keep his with his regiment as a busy student. Holland in real life, revealed that he went undercover at a real American high school to get a feel before the film began production, and he made an observation which director Jon Watts wanted to make it at the center of the movie. Watts said:
“The thing he remarked on which I thought was such a great takeaway was that everyone was exhausted. That’s what I remember from high school. I remember being so tired. You’re waking up so early and working so hard and then doing so much homework and any extracurricular activities and you’re just exhausted all the time. So we made sure to keep some of that spirit alive just writing about being so tired. Like you’ve just woken up.”
Watts also remarked how the life of being a busy teenager has been part of his vision since he made his first pitch to Marvel.
“When you’re in high school, everything seems like the most important thing and everything bad seems like the end of the world. So if you have a zit or a girl doesn’t like you or you have to fight a super villain, those things when you’re 15 are all at 11.”
Holland also revealed that the way he encounters the villains in this film will also feel fresh.
“I think one of the nicest things about his conflict with the villains in this is how different it is with his conflict with Cap and his side [in CIVIL WAR]. Because that was kind of fun, he didn’t really know what was going on, and you don’t see the Avengers as people who are dangerous. But here the Vulture is definitely a formidable opponent, and he is terrifying. His suit is absolutely terrifying. So the banter picks up a little bit in the beginning, but as soon as Peter realizes he’s a little bit out of his depth, there comes a real battle. And it’s less about making quick jokes and being funny, and more about saving the day and making sure he does the right thing.”
And lastly, Holland will indeed get asked who is the best Spider-Man? Tobey Maguire or Andrew Garfield. While he had kind words to say, he also spoke about the influence the two of them had on him and how their versions differ from his own.
“It’s difficult not to take influence from Tobey and Andrew, because they both had such great versions of the character. I think from Tobey I’m taking his sort of less cool side of things, whereas Andrew was very cool and very sort of contained. But then with Andrew, I thought his Spider-Man was fantastic. I thought when he was in that suit, I thought he really came to life, and so there are two things I am taking from both people. For me it’s just making sure I feel like a kid on set, and really be the kid that everyone wants to be, and just have fun with it, and see a superhero really enjoy having his powers.”
Spider-Man: Homecoming hits theaters on July 7.