There has been some buzz about the age of a certain wallcrawler, but speaking to Yahoo, director Jon Watts has now confirmed that British actor Tom Holland will play a 15-year-old Peter Parker in Marvel’s new Spider-Man film. This will be the youngest iteration of the character ever on film.
“I love the idea of making a coming-of-age high-school movie… We’re really going to see Peter Parker in high school and get deeper into that side of it. He’s just 15 now.”
Previously Peter Parker was portrayed by Tobey Maguire who was 27 when he first took on the mantle and Andrew Garfield who was 28. Tom Holland is 19 and will be the youngest Marvel hero juxtaposed with the older Avengers when he appears in Captain America: Civil War next year and then in his solo movie in 2017, which sits in between Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (5 May 2017) and Thor: Ragnarok (3 November 2017). That means we will have three Marvel movies in 2017!!!
I for one am very excited about the prospect of having this young character finding his place in the world of older wiser and perhaps outdated Avengers. Especially since we won’t need to sit through Spider-Man’s origin story all over again as Watts explained that “There are only so many times you can kill Uncle Ben.” Damn straight.
Watts also explained what drew him to Holland as Spider-Man.
“Tom was pretty perfect. He’s very athletic. He can actually do a backflip! If he didn’t already capture the spirit of the character, with that on top the kid is Spider-Man.”
Marvel’s Spider-Man, which uses a script from Vacation writing duo John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein, is scheduled for release on 28 July, 2017.
Last Updated: September 23, 2015