Actor Tom Holland Hilariously Recreates Famous Spider-Man Pointing Meme

The ‘ Spider-Man pointing meme ‘ has gotten around from cartoon to meme to Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. Now, in a hilarious recreation, Tom Holland channeled his 1967 Spider-Man. Wielding both pointer fingers, Holland fulfilled his destiny and became the Spider-Man pointing meme.

Tom Holland and Jake Gyllenhaal, long before the Spider-Man pointing meme was recreated
Tom Holland and Jake Gyllenhaal | Woohae Cho/Getty Images

What is the ‘Spider-Man pointing meme?’

As with every meme online, the ‘Spider-Man pointing meme’ requires knowledge of some obscure pop culture.

According to Know Your Meme, “the image comes from episode 19b of the 1967 Spider-Man cartoon, ‘Double Identity.’ In the episode, a villain attempts to impersonate the titular hero.”

The image has come to symbolize when two people, surprisingly, do the same thing. For example, the accompanying text could read ‘When two undercover policemen pretending to be criminals finally meet up.’

The meme exploded in the mid-2010s and remained a prevalent format on Twitter and across the internet.

Of course, the internet being the internet, much darker versions of the meme exist. However, most iterations keep the meme fun.

Holland, though, looked to give fans a light-hearted look behind the scenes.

Tom Holland recreating the ‘Spider-Man pointing meme’

On Sept. 27, 2021, Culture Crave on Twitter tweeted out a post of Holland assuming the ‘Spider-Man pointing meme’ position.

“Tom Holland recreating the famous Spider-Man pointing meme,” Culture Crave labeled the photo with a fitting spider emoji.

Previous photos already cycled the internet, with Holland pointing opposite Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield, based on rumors of their inclusion in Spider-Man: No Way Home.

Since a Marvel star cannot upload anything without fan theories, some users think the image proves a hint. After all, a ‘Spider-Man pointing meme’ needs at least two Spider-Men (Spider-Mans?) to work.

Not to mention, Holland hand both hands pointing in different directions. One hand seems to point beyond the camera that took the picture. Regardless of how many times Garfield denies his involvement, fans will speculate on anything and everything.

However, Holland’s recreation does not mark the first time this particular meme appeared in Hollywood.

‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’ referenced the meme in the post-credits

In 2018, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse rolled its end credits, but one last surprise waited for fans.

Miguel O’Hara, AKA Spider-Man 2099, appeared with his hologram Lyla, planning to jump into the multiverse.

And then he chose Earth-67, the home of the 1967 Spider-Man cartoon.

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Dropping into the middle of the ‘Double Identity’ episode, the two Spider-Men immediately broke into an argument. The two argued over who pointed first, recreating the ‘Spider-Man pointing meme.’

While plenty of memes have a relatively short shelf life, Sony’s Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse and Holland helped make this one last even longer.