Tom Holland

Yesterday, Marvel Studios announced that Tom Holland was set to become its new Spider-Man, likely to make his first appearance in next year’s Captain America: Civil War. Like a lot of people (read: comicbook movie nerds), I was an ardent believer in the idea that maybe, just maybe, Marvel might have been secretly considering casting a brown face as its latest Spidey.

This was despite all of the casting rumors and a rather disappointing leak detailing that Spider-Man is pretty much contractually obligated to be a young white man. Suffice it to say that I wasn’t all that pumped to see Tom Holland on the big screen swinging through NYC fighting crime.

A scene from Marvel's Ultimate Spider-Man: Web-Warriors where Peter Parker first meets Miles Morales, the Afro-Puerto Rican Ultimate Spiderman.
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But then I looked up the 19-year-old's Instagram account. You guys—this kid’s going to make a damned good Spider-Man. Allow me to explain with a set of videos.

As you should all know by now, Spider-Man has a core set of spider-themed abilities that involve feats of strength, ability, and overall acrobacy. This a video Tom Holland posted to his Instagram account. Can we talk about that form?

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https://instagram.com/p/4MeUrXMdqo/

Holland’s a trained dancer whom you might have heard about back in 2008 when he starred in a West End production of Billy Elliot the Musical. He was Billy Elliot. What’s he been doing since then? Running up trees:

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Flipping and kicking moving objects in mid air:

And occasionally not sticking his landings. Honestly, this happens to Peter Parker from time to time as well, so…A for effort.

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We still don’t quite know what Holland will bring to the iconic role, but if artist BossLogic’s mockup of him in the Spider-Man suit is any indication, he'll fit into Marvel's Cinematic Universe just fine.

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