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Why Tom Holland Is The Best Spider-Man The Marvel Universe Has Seen

Peter Parker has been near and dear to audience’s hearts since his first comic book appearance in 1962. A goofy, nerdy teenager who just so happens to have super-powers. Spider-Man is a common favorite in the Marvel universe, and even more so lately due to his portrayal by Tom Holland. In 2016 Holland first appeared as the beloved character in Captain America: Civil War, and ever since there has been an intense internet debate over who has given audiences the best portrayal of both Peter Parker and Spider-Man. 

How Did Tom Holland Make It To Hollywood?

On and off-camera, Tom Holland is extremely passionate about his role. Whether he’s running lines with Robert Downey Jr. or putting on his spidey suit to visit children in the hospital, Tom is truly the embodiment of who Spider-Man is. This is not just another acting gig for the 23-year-old star. Starting as a theater kid, Holland always had a knack for performing. While growing up, he was enrolled in dance and gymnastics classes. Who would’ve thought those skills would help land him the role of a lifetime? He got the chance to play Billy Elliot in the West End production of the musical, and it was this role that gained him some attention in the world of acting. From Billy Elliot to now, Holland has always had a special spark. 

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After eight different auditions, Holland landed the coveted superhero role, but what is it that makes him the best version of Spider-Man to hit the big screen? Tom Holland’s Spider-Man is the first version of the character that is a part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, meaning this is the first time audiences see Spider-Man interacting with other avengers like Iron Man, Captain America, and Hulk. Not only is he a friendly neighborhood Spider-Man, but now he has other connections affecting the way he acts. Particularly the way Holland and Robert Downey Jr. share the screen, is something that fans can’t get enough of. Spider-Man is constantly working to impress the other avengers and Holland is able to seamlessly get that intense need for validation across in his role. 

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Tom Holland Is Just Like The Peter Parker Stan Lee and Everyone Else Loves

Holland started out younger than his Spider-Man predecessors Toby Maguire and Andrew Garfield, but it was his youthful spirit that ultimately made him Stan Lee’s favorite Spider-Man. Lee admired Holland’s young outlook and the way he was ready to jump into any scenario. He felt that Holland was the perfect embodiment of the original Spider-Man cartoon; he was a nerdy teenager who stumbled upon a life-changing position. That is exactly who Holland is, a young man who just so happened to get the role of a lifetime. 

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Holland has the same boyish charm that people have admired in Peter Parker for decades. Peter Parker is not a muscular hunk who can never get hurt, but rather an ordinary teenager from Queens who has no luck with girls and is still trying to navigate his own powers. For many, Holland is the first actor with the charm and physicality that makes him both the perfect Peter Parker and Spider-Man. Holland does most of his own stunt work, and he delivers his lines the way in which you would expect an introverted teenage boy to. A strong part of what makes him the best Spider-Man is purely based on the fact that he is just so convincing. Whether he’s swinging from buildings or working on a science experiment with Ned, the Peter Parker we know now is one that encapsulates all the things audiences would have hoped for the young avenger. After Spider-Man: Far From Home, audiences are dying to see what happens next for Peter Parker and the entire gang. 

Tom Holland was recently seen in Spies in Disguise with Will Smith, Onward  with Chris Pratt (available to stream on Amazon Prime Video Cinema) and Dolittle with Robert Downey Jr., John Cena, Rami Malek and Selena Gomez. He will next be seen in a Spider-Man sequel, The Devil All The Time with Robert Pattinson, Sebastian Stan and Bill Skarsgard and Cherry.

​By Rebecca Breitfeller

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  • Rebecca is a writer with a passion for all things entertainment. With a heavy emphasis on pop culture, Rebecca touches on how contemporary mediums are shaping the way in which we present ourselves to the world. She often focuses her writing on how deeply affected younger generations are by Hollywood. Determined to deliver the fan perspective, as she is a fan herself, Rebecca hopes to highlight the ways in which our forms of entertainment can unite us which is exactly why she writes for Hollywood Insider. Rebecca writes reviews and feature stories that take a deeper look into the stories that have shaped us all.

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