We’ve seen a fair few incarnations of Marvel hero Spider-Man over the years. For those of us who grew up in the Sam Raimi/ Tobey Maguire era, after a while, it all started to get a bit confusing –was Andrew Garfield really that Amazing? Did he need to be Amazing twice? – and left us feeling old and left out.
But we have to admit: the latest Peter Parker, Tom Holland, looks as if he could be perfect for the role.
In a new video, posted on his Instagram page (a corner of the internet we’re going to be regularly checking from now on), the London-born 19-year-old can be seen practising his Spidey moves at a gymnastics facility.
Leaping, flipping about and somersaulting through the air, he makes an eerily perfect Peter Parker – especially with his new Parker-like haircut, which he debuted (also via Instagram) a few days ago.
While his acrobatic prowess is exciting, his agility isn’t too surprising when you consider the fact that Holland is a trained dancer: back in 2008, he made his West End debut in Billy Elliott, playing Billy’s friend Michael before graduating on to the title role.
We’ve yet to receive an official glimpse of Holland in his Spider-gear, but , all things considered, we’re now pretty excited about seeing him in the role.
While Marvel’s Spider-Man film isn’t due in cinemas until 2017 , the character will appear for the first time in Marvel’s forthcoming Captain America: Civil War, in which a host of superheroes, including Avengers Iron Man, Captain America, Black Widow, Scarlet Witch, Falcon, The Vision and Hawkeye (yawn), as well as Paul Rudd’s Ant-Man and Chadwick Boseman’s Black Panther, will become drawn into a dispute surrounding a new superhero registration act.
To date, not much information has been released about what Holland’s Spiderman is going to be like. But we know that he will be young: still enrolled at high school, and balancing his career as a superhero with homework and normal teenage life.
"It's the soap opera in high school, and the supporting characters, that are interesting," Marvel studios president Kevin Feige told Birth. Movies. Death. back in June.
“Just as we hadn’t seen a heist movie in a long time, or a shrinking movie in a long time, we haven’t seen a John Hughes movie in a long time. Not that we can make a John Hughes movie - only John Hughes could - but we’re inspired by him, and merging that with the superhero genre in a way we haven’t done before excites us.”
Keen comic book fans have noticed that Holland’s new haircut looks a lot like the version of the character portrayed in the “Ultimate Spider-Man” comic series.
Unconfirmed rumours have also suggested that his role in Civil War may be bigger than previously thought, with the character participating in a fight scene, rather than just making a cameo appearance.