‘Spider-Man’ Producer Says Tom Holland Is the ‘Definitive’ Spidey, Explains ‘Homecoming’ Title
Any apprehension about another reboot of the Spider-Man franchise went out the door when Tom Holland made his web-slinging debut in Captain America: Civil War. With Marvel calling the creative shots on Spider-Man: Homecoming (and a cast that gets better every week), our faith in Spidey has been officially renewed. And Sony is feeling pretty confident, too, as executive Tom Rothman recently spoke about the upcoming film, offering an explanation for the Homecoming title and declaring Holland the best Spider-Man yet.
Sorry, Tobey Maguire, but you’re no longer the best Spider-Man — at least that’s what Sony Pictures Chairman Tom Rothman told IGN during a red carpet event for Ghostbusters, where he took a moment to praise Tom Holland’s role in Spider-Man: Homecoming:
This is it. This is that character in all of its youthful complications and ‘I have to save the world and get my chemistry homework done.’
Yeah, that’s a pretty effective way to sum up the newest iteration of the character, which definitely feels more faithful to his comic book origins. He’s young, scrappy, earnest and endearingly nerdy, just like Peter Parker should be.
Rothman also spoke briefly about the title of the reboot, explaining what Homecoming means for Spider-Man and for the franchise — and he had plenty of praise for Marvel, too:
It’s relevant to the story because it takes place in high school and there is a scene — that I guess I can give a little thing — at a homecoming dance. I’ve actually seen the dailies of it because we already did the high school shooting of it in the first couple weeks. It’s fantastic! But it’s also a homecoming to Marvel. And a homecoming to the cinematic universe that Spider-Man belongs in. So it’s a pretty unprecedented deal between two studios, but we’re really proud of it. And all I can tell you is, those guys at Marvel — I think the technical term is — they know their sh-t.
That they do.
Spider-Man: Homecoming is currently filming and features Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark / Iron Man and Marisa Tomei as Aunt May, with Michael Keaton and Logan Marshall-Green in villainous roles heavily rumored to be The Vulture and The Tinkerer, respectively. The reboot also stars Zendaya, Donald Glover, Martin Starr, Tony Revolori, Kenneth Choi and Michael Barbieri, and hits theaters on July 7, 2017.