~Matt Key

All the major players are now in place for the Sony and Marvel joint venture, Spider-Man. We’ve got our two writers in the writing/directing team of John Francis Daley and Jonathan M. Goldstein, we’ve got a director — Jon Watts — emerging from relative obscurity and we’ve got our headlining actor in the 19-year-old Tom Holland.

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But what is it about Tom Holland that makes him so great that he can take on one of the most iconic superheroes ever? Director Jon Watts sat down with Entertainment Weekly to give his answer.

“He can be a real high school student. That’s why people love Spider-Man. He’s the most grounded, relatable of superheroes. And Tom can really do that. He captures that. And he can do a standing back-flip. He’s perfect.”

In talking about just how much input he’ll have into the character and his appearance in Captain America: Civil War, which is where we’ll first see Peter Parker, Watts said,

“I mean, it’s a big universe, so everyone sort of works with each other to make sure that there’s continuity and that it all fits together. It’s really exciting actually. We’re just getting started, working on the script and all that, but it’s going to be a great process.”

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So, at the very least, it sounds as if he’ll be allowed to give his opinions for how they portray Spider-Man, though, obviously, it’s still the Russo Brothers decision to make. They are the directors, after all.

Holland is scheduled to make a cameo in Captain America: Civil War in May of 2016 and will then go on to be in his own film, directed by Watts for Sony, released in July of 2017.

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