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Tom Holland is Marvel’s “Spiderman” – Jon Watts to Direct

We had a list of hopefuls, and now we have one new Spiderman. After having their pick of the up-and-coming litter for this latest incarnation of the web-slinger, Marvel has landed on fresh-faced Tom Holland to don the mask and take to the crime filled streets of New York City.

Deadline is reporting that the actor best know for his roles in The Impossible and How I Live Now won out from a wishlist including Asa Butterfield, Judah Lewis, Matthew Lintz, Charlie Plummer and Charlie Rowe. There were suggestions that Butterfield would take the role given his experience with science fiction and action in Ender’s Game, but Marvel gave opted for someone with what you might call a more versatile, dramatic background. Translation: not scifi.

Holland is also starring in this year’s In the Heart of the Sea from director Ron Howard, where he’ll be taking up with fellow Marvel star Chris Hemsworth. With any luck Hemsworth will become increasingly facial company if the rumours about Spidey’s involvement in other Marvel projects are to be believed.
But that’s not all: we also have a director in the form of Jon Watts. The decision to bring in Watts is dangerously close to Sony’s decision to enlist Marc Webb for The Amazing Spiderman. Webb had just made his mark at Sundance with 500 Days of Summer when he was recruited for the gig. It so happens that Watts has just had his own nugget of success at Sundance with Cop Car, a sharp little midnight movie if ever there was one.

Granted, Watts’ experience with using humour in his movies is a little more substantial than Webb’s. As well as Cop Car he’s directed several episodes of The Onion News Network. When you throw the vicious Clown  into the mix, it’s clear that Watts has a more acerbic humour that could suit a wisecracking Spiderman.
A solo Spiderman feature is still pencilled in for July 28th 2017,with a lot of time in between for Holland to turn up in other potential Marvel projects like Civil War.

You’d be forgiven for taking all this news with a pinch of salt – we’ve all been here before with Spiderman reboots. Hopefully we’ll have something a little more concrete to be excited about for this latest instalment.