Marvel Studios and Sony Find ‘Spider-Man’ Star and Director

By June 23, 2015

The partnership between Sony Pictures and Marvel Studios has finally found the next set of talents to bring future adventures of the iconic Webslinger to life, this time in the same world as the Avengers and the Guardians of the Galaxy.

According to Marvel, the studios have cast actor Tom Holland (The Impossible) as Peter Parker/Spider-Man, and have enlisted director Jon Watts (Cop Car) to take on the next solo film featuring the character, which will premiere in 2017. The announcement characterizes the search for both men as rather exhaustive, saying that the casting search for the new Peter Parker only ended after a “series of complex screen tests,” but that Holland won out in part because of previous performances in The ImpossibleWolf Hall, and the impending release of In the Heart of the Sea.

Similarly, the announcement characterizes the search for the director as similarly exhaustive, saying that Watts fit “Marvel’s tradition of working with the brightest next wave of directors,” and that he met multiple times with the upcoming project’s major personnel like Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige, and Sony executive and Spider-Man producer Amy Pascal. On the choice of Watts, Feige released a statement saying,

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.

Specifically on the choice of Holland as the new Spider-Man, Amy Pascal’s statement on the casting reads,

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.

No official mention was made on whether or not Holland’s first appearance as Peter Parker would come in next year’s Captain America: Civil War, which features virtually all of the major stars and characters of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Still, this is where most expect Spidey to show up first, but its not concretely known if this will be the case. Marvel Studios’ and Sony’s co-produced Spider-Man film will be released on July 28th, 2017.

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Chris Clow
As a former comics retailer at a store in the Pacific Northwest, Chris Clow is an enormous sci-fi, comics, and film geek. He is a freelance contributor, reviewer, podcaster, and overall geek to GeekNation,, The Huffington Post, and He also hosts the monthly Comics on Consoles broadcast and podcast. Check out his blog, and follow him on Twitter @ChrisClow.