After a several contenders battled to take the costume from Andrew Garfield, an announcement has come straight from the top floor of Marvel HQ that The Impossible‘s Tom Holland will be starring as Peter Parker, otherwise known as everyone’s favourite web-slinger Spider-Man.

Holland will be making his first appearance in Captain America: Civil War, before the all-new chapter of the wall-crawler which will be directed by Jon Watts, who recently turned heads with his Sundance surprise Cop CarIt’s an interesting choice for Marvel, who clearly saw something in the coming of age film that’s rough around the edges, which sees two boys have fun stealing a cop car, before things get serious when its owner – a crooked lawman played by Kevin Bacon – is on the hunt to reclaim it. Hopefully he’ll bring the same skill of matching childhood fantasies with adult problems into a world where a teenage kid can crawl up a wall and catch bad guys whilst doing it.

The trailer for Watts’ upcoming film, Cop Car.

Main Marvel man Kevin Feige said following the announcement of the new director:

“As with James Gunn, Joss Whedon, and the Russo brothers, we love finding new and exciting voices to bring these characters to life.  We spent a lot of time with Jon and find his take and work inspiring.”

Speaking for Sony in relation to its new web-head, Chairman Tom Rothman said..

“It’s a big day here at Sony. Kevin, Amy and their teams have done an incredible job.  The Marvel process is very thorough, and that’s why their results are so outstanding.  I’m confident Spider-Man will be no exception.  I’ve worked with a number of up-and-coming directors who have gone on to be superstars and believe that Jon is just such an outstanding talent.  For Spidey himself, we saw many terrific young actors, but Tom’s screen tests were special.  All in all, we are off to a roaring start.”

How that will start specifically is unknown of course. There’s got to be some variation of Spidey’s story from Mark Millar’s Civil War to be thrown into the upcoming Russo Bros. directed adaptation. Whether that will be followed up with a ‘Spectacular’, ‘Avenging’ or a simple Spider-Man story is unconfirmed.  What we do know is that Holland will be swinging onto our screens July 28, 2017. Do you think he’s worthy of the web head though? Sound off in the comments below.


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