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5 Facts About Tom Holland, The Newest (And Youngest) Spider-Man

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18th Annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards held at Barker Hangar

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Many of you know that I've been up in arms about Marvel‘s decision to replace Andrew Garfield as Spider-Man in the third (!!!) reboot of the franchise for a while now, especially since the news came out that they were actually considering Asa Butterfield for the role. I even went so far as to offer up other casting suggestions, because I just want to make sure that the production people do one of my favorite brooding comic book characters justice on the big screen as they previously had with Andrew and Tobey Maguire.

As it turns out, I don't have as much control over the casting directors in Hollywood as I thought I did, because they went ahead and picked someone who wasn't on my list. He wasn't even in my brain, mostly because I'd never heard of him before and I got a little bit distracted as soon as I suggested Dylan O'Brien. They've made their official decision: Tom Holland will play Spiderman in the new reboot. So, since we're going to be hangin' with this boy and spidey senses for a while, I thought it best that we try to get to know him a little bit better. Sound good? Great! Here are five facts you need to know about your new friendly neighborhood Spider-Man:

1. At just 19 years old, he's already pretty famous in England. He played the title role in the musical Billy Elliot at the Victoria Palace Theater in London, which is on the West End (essentially London's answer to NYC's Broadway). As much as it terrifies me to think about a teenager taking on the mantle of a major Marvel superhero, it'll be nice to see a Peter Parker that actually looks like he could be in high school, rather than a mid-twenties/thirties actor trying to play the part.

2. He's already shared the screen with Thor (Chris Hemsworth). Well, not exactly Thor, but you know what I mean. Or maybe you don't. He was in In The Heart Of The Sea with Chris Hemsworth. So, in case you thought he was just going to be a one-off transplant actor from London, just know that you'll probably be seeing a lot more of him after this. Oh, and he'll also be a part of the final Captain America movie, so that's nice.

3. He's got the Spidey moves down. How fun would it be to see him do his own stunts?

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4. The critics already love him. After starring in a 2012's The Impossible with Ewan McGregor, he got some major rave reviews. A Vulture critic called him, “excellent and touching,” and The New York Times wrote, 

“Mr. Holland, meanwhile, matures before our eyes, navigating the passage from adolescent self-absorption to profound and terrible responsibility. He is a terrific young actor.”

5. He loves Taylor Swift. Okay, so I'm not sure that this is entirely relevant to his role as Spider-Man, but it's important, and it speaks to his sense of humor, too. If Spiderman is known for anything other than his eternal broodiness, it's his snark. 

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