The Russo brothers recently explained to Screen Rant what made them decide to cast Holland for the part. “As important as it is to capture the essence of the character on an emotional level, there’s an incredible physicality to these characters. So to see a kid who is a gymnast, and you know you’re going to be digitally mapping to his movements…to have somebody who can move that way, it’s [expletive] invaluable,” Joe Russo said. “That’s why everybody goes, ‘Well, yeah, we have to see that. If he can do that, that’s a whole other asset that he’s bringing, a whole other dimension that he’s bringing to the part.'”
His brother Anthony agreed that Holland brought so much to the table. “It informs also the performance, too, because when you flip into a scene, you’re out of breath and there’s an energy to it where you’re out of balance going into it,” he explained. “And it can change your whole performance. And the person you’re playing opposite.”
Holland first swung into action as Spider-Man in “Captain America: Civil War.” Captain America himself remembers how Holland auditioned for the role. “As the scene opens, [the script] says ‘Spider-Man flips in and lands.’ And Tom was really like, ‘Should I do that?’… Marvel doesn’t want to see this kid break his neck, so everyone from [the studio] was like, ‘Don’t! Don’t!’ And Joe just started salivating, ‘Just do it!’ And he did it — and stuck it!” actor Chris Evans told Entertainment Weekly.
Did you like Tom Holland’s performance in “Civil War?” You can catch him again in “Spider-Man: Homecoming” on July 7, 2017.