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Nowadays, it’s impossible not to know the name Tom Holland. At the tender age of 24, he has built up one of the most impressive resumes in Hollywood. If the name sounds familiar but you can’t remember the face: Spider-Man. He’s friggin Spider-Man. His time as your friendly neighborhood Spidey has shot him into legendary status. But he has been in everything from period pieces to animated fantasies. Josh Hutcherson better watch his title for “Cutest Baby Face in Hollywood.”
Tom Holland is the Web-Slinger Himself
Andrew Garfield and Tobey Maguire were both great Spider-Men (Spider-Mans?). Both of them put out incredibly popular movies that are great on their own. But when compared to Homecoming and Far From Home, they’re blown out of the water. I do have to admit that our two other Spider-Man actors are at an unfair disadvantage. They were not around during the time of the MCU which has allowed Holland’s Spidey to grow into an incredibly complex character through the help of his relationship with other Marvel heroes.
But, there are certain factors presented to us in Holland’s performances which make it clear that he was born to play Peter Parker. First off, age. Peter Parker is a high school student. Maguire was 27 when he started playing Spidey and Andrew Garfield was 29. Tom Holland was 19.
Tom Holland also is not in any way Mr. Cool Spider-Man. He allows the character’s vulnerabilities to show through. In nowhere is this better seen than in Homecoming when he’s trapped under a collapsed building and he cries and begs for help. This scene shocked audiences because nowhere in the MCU or superhero movie history, for that matter, have we seen a hero show off that kind of vulnerability. It’s one of those great moments that allows for the audience to see the human behind the hero. This scene gave me chills and I just wanted to help the poor kid (being that I can barely lift more than my 15-pound dog, helping Spidey probably wouldn’t have made much of a difference but still…). It is genuinely one of the most powerful and best-acted scenes in the entire MCU.
His Animated Work is Off The Charts
Tom Holland has been in two recent animated movies: Onward and Spies in Disguise. If you want to read me fangirling about how great Onward is, check out this article. Onward became one of my favorite animated movies of all time from the moment I saw it. It even beats out some of the Toy Story movies for me. Some, not all. I love Onward, but I’m not an animal. Onward is about two brothers on a quest to bring back their dad from the dead so they can see him just one more time. My eyes are welling up just writing that synopsis. Tom Holland is again cast as an awkward teenager Ian and this is the perfect role for him. He plays the character so sympathetically that it’s impossible not to fall in love with him before the movie is over. Just because it’s animation doesn’t make it easy acting. Holland brings so much emotional depth to this role and is the perfect counterbalance for Chris Pratt’s zany adventurer Barley.
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Spies in Disguise came out in late 2019 to little fanfare as it was also competing in the box office with step 9 of Bob Iger’s plan to swim in a Scrooge McDuck style pool of gold. Frozen II had come out just weeks earlier in the US, so Spies In Disguise came and left theaters with unfortunately more of a whimper than a bang. It’s a shame because it is a genuinely good movie. It’s hilarious and thrilling. Tom Holland is cast as Walter, an MIT grad who accidentally turns his boss into a pigeon. Whoops. Holland once again shows off his comedic chops keeping up with Fresh Prince and Men In Black alum Will Smith.
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He Crushes it in Historical Dramas
The Current War faced unfortunate problems with its release. It was made by the Weinstein Company and it was set to be released in 2017. Yeah, that must have been a fun time for the movie’s PR team. By the time the movie was able to detach itself from Weinstein and arrange a new release date, audiences had forgotten about it. It’s unfortunate because the movie is an excellent biopic about a genius whose invention all of us take for granted every day. Thomas Edison. Edison and George Westinghouse compete to determine whose electrical current will light the world. Holland plays Edison’s assistant, Samuel Insull. He plays the role with such dignity and stoicism and holds his own with powerhouse Benedict Cumberbatch playing Edison. Holland perfectly blends Insull’s natural awe at working with a man who will shape history and the character’s professionalism.
Just watch his movies and I am sure you will be as convinced as I am on the star power and talent of Tom Holland.
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