It has taken some time for the interweb to cool off after that spectacular Spider-Man: Homecoming trailer premiere last week.
But with great trailers come great questions and so our newest friendly neighbourhood Spider-Man, Tom Holland, took to Facebook over the weekend to answer some of them. Here’s what we discovered…
1. It was back to school for Holland after landing the part of Peter Parker. He was secretly enrolled in a school in The Bronx to see how they run. “No one knew who I was or what I was doing. I had a fake name and a fake accent,” he admitted. But his secret identity wasn’t well kept. “I told one person, I told one kid at the school. I was like, ‘hey man, listen, I’m actually Spider-Man’… At the time I hadn’t made the movie so I didn’t have any pictures to show him to prove that I was Spider-Man and he did not believe me at all.”
2. It’s no surprise that training to be Spider-Man would be quite strenuous, but Holland went through some extremities on top of regular training. “I did this EMS training,” he added. “You basically wear almost like a wetsuit and they put pads on you and you work out while the pads electrocute you, and it sucks. It really really sucks… It’s like 20 minutes of pure pain but it works out to be really good.”
3. Putting the red and blue suit on for the first time wasn’t quite as amazing as Holland had hoped. Due to being cast so late for Captain America: Civil War, the first suit he wore was his stunt double’s suit. “He’s bigger than me, he’s about 5 inches taller than me, he’s a bit bulkier than me,” he said. “When I opened up the mirrors [for the reveal] it was saggy and it looked like a really sad version of Spider-Man… On the day I was very disappointed, it was the biggest anti-climax of all time. But now it looks great!”
4. Holland found out about landing the web-slinging role from a Marvel Instagram post. “It said we are really proud to announce that the new Spider-Man is Tom Holland and blah blah and I like slammed my computer shut,” he huffed. “I was like ‘oh my god! This is crazy! This is amazing!’ and my poor dog was in my bed… and I was screaming and shouting and she was terrified, absolutely terrified.”
5. While he had trouble deciding what was the best day on set, Holland’s worst day on set came to mind quite easily. “I was in the Spider-Man suit and it was at the very beginning of shooting and I was in a harness and I had to stick to the ceiling and I didn’t go to the bathroom for like 11 hours,” he noted. “We didn’t really figure out how to take the suit off quickly at that point… and that’s an expensive suit. You do not want to wet yourself in that suit. Marvel and Sony would not be happy.”
6. Robert Downey Jr. was the cast and crew’s pick-me-up during the dreary days of shooting. “He came at the perfect time,” Holland grinned. “We were making the movie and probably just getting into the last third of the movie and you know, it’s hard. You work 15 hours every day and you’re on set all the time and it gets tiring and the crew get tired and he came and brought a whole new burst of energy. He lit the set up and really brought a lot to the movie.”
7. To kick off the Spider-Man: Homecoming trailer premiere, Holland made his talk show debut on Jimmy Kimmel Live!. And it really went off with a bang. “The funny thing is, actually, as I was running into the studio with the rest of my fellow Spider-Men, I fell over. I literally ate sh*t,” he recalled.
8. For anyone who has been keeping tabs on the new Spidey actor, it’s no secret he has been a fan all his life. And with that came a great embarrassing story involving the character. “I went two years ago to a fancy dress party as Spider-Man… but it wasn’t a fancy dress party,” he gushed. “I showed up and was the only person, in fancy dress. Everyone else was in normal clothes and I was in a skin-tight lycra suit… It was destiny, I was embarrassed but now I’m Spider-Man so who cares.”
9. With Holland’s love for Spider-Man and his best friend’s love for Batman, he now has the ultimate response to their ongoing argument of who would win in a fight. “The best thing is, now I can say ‘dude I know that Spider-Man would win in a fight’ and he’s like ‘well how do you know that?’ and I’m like ‘because I am Spider-Man, I am, like I’m actually him so… I win’,” he taunted. “And then he’s like, ‘so you think you could beat up Ben Affleck?’ and I’m like, ‘naaah, probably not’.”
10. During the live chat he let out a possible Spider-Man: Homecoming spoiler that he instantly regretted. “There was like some time where they dangled my poor stunt double under a helicopter and dunked him in a lake,” Holland recalled, quickly covering his mouth. “Dammit, this is live isn’t it? Damn, so at one point Spider-Man ends up in a lake. I’m going to get in so much trouble, oh no!”
While you ponder why Spidey could possibly be going for a little swim – check out the wonderful live chat for yourself below.
Spider-Man: Homecoming is in cinemas July 2017.