Tom Holland used one specific Spider-Man series to help shape his portrayal of the character.
Spider-Man: Homecoming will be here in a matter of weeks, and the cast and crew have been dropping a number of behind the scenes tidbits. Tom Holland has been particularly vocal about his preparation for the film. He’s already talked about the fact that he went undercover to get ready for the role. But, now, he’s opened up about which comic books influenced his performance.
While speaking with IGN, Holland revealed that he was greatly inspired by the Ultimate Spider-Man comic book series and explained the reason for this:
"“The comics that sort of resonated with me most and I used for my performance was the Ultimate Spider-Man comics. They’re so modern and up-to-date with what’s happening in the world right now. For me, it was just a really, really strong thing to follow and I have so many screenshots on my phone from like lines that were written that I stole to use for the movie.”"
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This makes completes sense, as a number of elements from that comic are present in the footage that we’ve seen so far. Series writer Brian Michael Bendis even admitted that he could see various things taken from his comic book run based on the first trailer alone.
Bendis’ Ultimate Spider-Man debuted back in 2000. The series featured a contemporary take on the web-slinger and his supporting cast, and would eventually serve as the first entry in Marvel’s “Ultimate” continuity. It was also lauded by critics and fans alike for its story arcs and realistic interpretation of the character.
With Holland’s performance and a few other aspects of the film being influenced by Ultimate Spider-Man, it will be interesting to see what additional creative cues it takes from the series.
Spider-Man: Homecoming swings into theaters on July 7, 2017.