Marvel Celebrates Tom Holland's Spider-Man Casting With New Photos from Captain America: Civil War

By Richard Nebens Posted:
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Marvel Studios is about to blow the comic-book-movie world wide open in December with Spider-Man: No Way Home - a film that's steadily been building hype for more than a year.

Even considering how many Multiversal villains and powerful characters will make their presence felt in just a couple of months, Tom Holland's web-slinger still remains at the center of the madness.

For this movie in particular, Peter Parker will face more danger and action than he's seen in any live-action Spider-Man movie ever made as he tries desperately to keep his identity a secret. This has all been steadily building since Spidey first swung into the MCU five years ago following a blockbuster deal with Sony Pictures to allow him to enter the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

That partnership started with 2016's Captain America: Civil War as Tom Holland's rookie hero found himself in the middle of a daunting first fight alongside Tony Stark as they took on Steve Rogers and his squad.

Thanks to a newly released behind-the-scenes look at the MCU, fans now have a glimpse at some of Tom Holland's earliest days on the job.

Tom Holland Becomes Spider-Man for Marvel

An excerpt from the recently released The Story of Marvel Studios: The Making of the Marvel Cinematic Universe revealed images of Tom Holland's first days playing the role of Spider-Man in 2016's Captain America: Civil War.

Tom Holland Spider-Man Screen Test

The book gave a look at Holland participating in his first in-costume camera test, in which he's nothing but smiles while embodying the iconic Marvel superhero.

Interestingly, the test takes place on the set of Peter's bedroom in Captain America: Civil War, although the movie doesn't show Peter in full costume until the airport battle in Germany. 

Tom Holland, Russo Bros, Civil War

Holland is next shown on the giant green-screen set in Atlanta alongside director Anthony Russo and Iron Man star Robert Downey, Jr.

Holland is again seen in his on-set Spidey costume as he prepares for the first of many epic MCU fight scenes alongside the Avengers.

Tom Holland CGI suit

The book also shows Holland in his classic CGI gear with dots all over his face as he practices his Spidey stunts.

The wall-crawler's suit has been largely put to screen via CGI in the MCU, which indicates how much time Holland has spent looking the way he does in this image.

The Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man Lives

Spider-Man's arrival in the MCU was nothing less than monumental, especially with the character's rights belonging to Sony for more than 20 years to date. This book gives just a tease of how special that moment was for the cast and crew involved, as Holland put his heart and soul into giving the best portrayal of Peter Parker possible in this first outing.

Spider-Man didn't enjoy a ton of screentime in his first MCU outing, largely because he had to share the spotlight with a near-dozen other heroes from the airport battle alone, along with established supporting players in other areas of Civil War. Regardless, his introduction marked a turning point in the MCU as fans finally saw the webs and flips in the same universe as heroes like Captain America and Iron Man.

These pictures also give a look at the incredible costuming work Marvel put in for Spidey, even though it only ended up being used in screen tests before CGI magic took over. The Stark-made suits have helped Peter mightily in his MCU journey, which is only set to continue as he moves into his sixth MCU appearance this year.

Now, fans are building considerable hype for that next Spidey outing in December, which is being teased as something arguably on the same level as 2019's Avengers: Endgame. Holland looks more comfortable and excited than ever to add to Peter Parker's story. Considering everything coming in this new outing, it has a chance to be one of the biggest MCU entries ever.

The Story of Marvel Studios: The Making of the Marvel Cinematic Universe is now available for purchase. Spider-Man: No Way Home will swing into theaters on December 17.

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- About The Author: Richard Nebens
Richard Nebens joined The Direct in March 2020, now serving as the site's Senior Writer and also working as an assistant editor and content creator. He started his journalism career as a hobby in 2019 and is passionate about sharing news and stories from the entertainment industry, especially comic book movies, comedy, and sci-fi. Richard looks to expand his knowledge about movies and TV every day, and he is eager to stay locked into the latest releases and breaking news at every opportunity.