How Chris Hemsworth Helped Tom Holland Get Cast as Spider-Man

By November 25, 2015

While last night’s first trailer for Captain America: Civil War was packed to the brim with several iconic Marvel characters, both old and new, one of the few omissions from the trailer was Tom Holland’s Peter Parker/Spider-Man. It’s clear that Marvel is going to be keeping their rebooted version of the beloved character as close to their chest as they can though, and I’ll be surprised how much footage we get of the character before the film’s release next year.

The process to find the MCU version of the character was a long one though, and there were more than just a few months when we thought we had found our finalist, only to be proven false by another report a week later. Finally Holland was able to nab the beloved role though, alongside director Jon Watts, with the two set to begin work on a 2017 Spider-Man standalone sometime soon. Turns out that Holland had a little help from a fellow MCU titan though in getting the job…

Holland revealed to NY Daily News that he asked his In the Heart of the Sea cast member, Chris Hemsworth a.k.a. Marvel’s Thor, for a little help with Marvel during the long audition process:

“I emailed him while I was auditioning for the film and said, ‘So can you maybe put in a good word for me?'”

Looks like Hemsworth agreed too, giving his honest recommendation to the folks over at Marvel:

“I called the guys at Marvel when they were casting (Spider-Man) and I heard he was in the final handful of guys and said, ‘Look for what it’s worth you’re not going to meet a harder working more appreciative kind of guy. I was so blown away by his sort of attitude and work ethic and how good he was. But then I said to Tom, ‘I’ve told them that, so don’t prove me wrong.'”

Holland always seemed like a favorite amongst fans when his name was first revealed alongside a group of other contenders, and it looks like Marvel and the rest of the creative team are working to give audiences not only their youngest onscreen version of the character yet, but also the most relatable version too. The standalone film has been compared in tone to movies by filmmakers like John Hughes already too, and while the character’s overall role in Civil War is still a mystery, it looks like we can expect some big things from Holland’s Peter Parker.

If he has Thor’s seal of approval too, then who are we to question it?

Captain America: Civil War is set to hit theatres on May 6th, 2016.

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Alex Welch

Alex Welch

Alex dreams of meeting a girl with a yellow umbrella, and spends too much time* staring at a movie screen. His vocabulary consists mostly of movie quotes and 80s song lyrics. *Debatable