The third 21st century cinematic Spider-Man (no need to discuss this 20th century TV movie edition), Tom Holland, found out he was going to be the current edition of the Manhattanite web-slinger the way most of us get our news: on Instagram. In an extensive conversation on Rotten Tomatoes, Holland detailed the process:
I was in my bed, in Kingston... I had played golf with my dad, I'd lost. I went upstairs, I was very upset, 'cause I had lost. I was obviously at the time very nervous to find out and anxious to find out if I was going to be Spider-Man or not. So I was scrolling through Instagram constantly refreshing the feeds, [trying to] find information or inside information.
But Marvel had posted a photo of Spider-Man and they essentially said, "Go to our website to find out who the next Spider-Man is." So I'm like actually really disappointed though, because... I didn't get a call so I assumed that I hadn't got the job.
I went to the website and I just was like, "I'm gonna just check, just in case." And I was really upset about it obviously. I opened the thing and it said, "We are proud to announce that our new Spider-Man is from Southwest London, it's Tom Holland."... I slam the computer down, I'm freaking out, I'm running around the house, and I'm screaming, my brothers [are] losing their mind.
And [my brother] Harry rightly so said, "Bro, they've probably been hacked because there's no way they wouldn't call you." So I called my agents, this was very early in LA, like it was in the morning.
They were up, they were like, "We've heard the news, we're trying to figure out if it's true or not." And then I was in my garden, pacing back and forth... And then I got a phone call from a plus-one number, 310. [Marvel Studios president] Kevin Feige called me and he told that I was going to be Spider-Man, and it was crazy.
Holland's interpretation of the character made his first MCU appearance in Captain America: Civil War (2016). His first experience with the signature Spider-Man suit proved not to be without some hiccups of its own. "I was flown to Atlanta to shoot for Captain America: Civil War with the Russo brothers," Holland explained during the aforementioned Rotten Tomatoes video. He recalled:
My first scene was a fight scene with Captain America himself, so as you can imagine as a young fan that was kind of crazy. But the thing is they'd already been shooting with my stunt double. Marvin [Ross] had been shooting for like six or seven weeks before I'd even been cast. And he was much bigger than me. And you guys know how long it takes to make the suits, it takes up to 14 weeks to make a single suit. So rather than making me my own one, they just said they were gonna tailor Marvin's to me. Now Marvin is like 6-foot-1, he's big. And I am not 6-foot-1, and I'm not very big.
So when I went into the room I saw the suit hanging there on the hanger. I asked them if they could close all the mirrors so that when I put it on I could see it for the first time when it was on. So I'm there, I'm putting the muscle suit on, I'm putting the helmet on... It looked like a scrotum. It was like a saggy, gross foreskin Spider-Man suit, 'cause it wasn't tight at all, it was loose. So that's what it was like, and it was very disappointing.
So far Holland has played the part to rave reviews across seven Marvel movies, including three of his own Spider-Man flicks.