~Matt Key

After months of speculation and waiting, Marvel announced today that we’ve finally found our Spider-Man!

Tom Holland, a young 19-year old actor out of the U.K. will put on the red and blue tights. Holland is known for his roles in The Impossible, co-starring Naomi Watts and Ewan McGregor, as well as playing the titular role in the stage show production of Billy Elliot in London.

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Tom Rothman, Sony Pictures Motion Pictures Group Chairman, said,

“It’s a big day here at Sony. Kevin, Amy and their teams have done an incredible job. The Marvel process is very thorough, and that’s why their results are so outstanding. I’m confident Spider-Man will be no exception. I’ve worked with a number of up-and-coming directors who have gone on to be superstars and believe that Jon is just such an outstanding talent. For Spidey himself, we saw many terrific young actors, but Tom’s screen tests were special. All in all, we are off to a roaring start.”

Amy Pascal added to Rothman, saying,

“Sony, Marvel, Kevin and I all knew that for Peter Parker, we had to find a vibrant, talented young actor capable of embodying one of the most well-known characters in the world. With Tom, we’ve found the perfect actor to bring Spider-Man’s story into the Marvel Cinematic Universe.”

Holland is the third actor to take on the role of Peter Parker, following in the footsteps of Tobey Maguire and more recently, Andrew Garfield.

But it doesn’t stop there. They’ve also announced the director for the Spider-Man franchise at Sony as being Jon Watts. He had a film at Sundance this year, Cop Car, get rave reviews, as well as the horror film, Clown, produced by Eli Roth.

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Feige had this to say of Watts, “As with James Gunn, Joss Whedon, and the Russo brothers, we love finding new and exciting voices to bring these characters to life. We spent a lot of time with Jon and find his take and work inspiring.”

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