Marvel and Sony have named Tom Holland (“Locke”) the new Spider-Man.
Holland, 19, was one of four finalists to become the new Spidey along with Charlie Rowe, Matt Lintz and Charlie Plummer.
In February, Marvel and Sony struck a deal to allow Spider-Man to be featured in Marvel films. Sony has owned the film rights to Spider-Man since 1999 and has produced five films. As part of the deal, Andrew Garfield, who starred in the previous two Spider-Man films, was to be replaced.
Marvel and Sony needed to come to a decision soon. “Captain America: Civil War” has already begun filming in Georgia and Spider-Man plays a key role in the story. Holland, coincidentally, was in Atlanta last week after reports came out that he and Rowe were the two favorites to land the role.
The process was a long and interesting one. Kevin Feige, who is producing the upcoming Spider-Man film alongside Amy Pascal made it clear he wanted Peter Parker to develop his Spider-Man alter ego while still in high school, so the two searched for actors between the ages of 14-18. Additionally, the producers met with actors and directors at the same time to see who would work well together.
“Captain America: Civil War” will be in theaters on May 6, 2016.