Why Spider-Man Tom Holland Says Writing a Script Was ‘More Nerve-Wracking’ Than Joining the MCU
Actor Tom Holland has had many career firsts over the past few years: His first Marvel Cinematic Universe film, his first time being in the middle of a studio battle, and his first truly viral moment (his Lip Sync Battle performance). All of these are a lot of pressure on a person. However, Holland says that writing a script is even more stressful.
Tom Holland joined the MCU with ‘Captain America: Civil War’
Holland first began performing as a child, most notably in Billy Elliott the Musical in his native London. He then gained some recognition for early film roles, including The Heart of the Sea with fellow Marvel actor Chris Hemsworth. Around this time, he also starred in the British miniseries Wolf Hall.
But it was Holland’s swing into the MCU that got him worldwide recognition. He first portrayed Peter Parker in 2016’s Captain America: Civil War. Though he didn’t have a large part in the star-studded film, he called it his “audition for the public,” saying, “Civil War was my chance to, kind of, show the world what I was trying to create.”
He then starred in ‘Homecoming’ and ‘Far From Home’
Fortunately for Holland (and Marvel), he quickly earned fan approval. Next up was his first solo entry: Spider-Man: Homecoming, which debuted in July 2017. The film was a joint venture between Sony (which owns the rights to the character) and Marvel. Holland later appeared in Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame.
He was then tasked with closing out the MCU’s Phase 3 with the sequel Spider-Man: Far From Home. If that wasn’t enough pressure, a subsequent struggle between Disney (which owns Marvel) and Sony put the character’s future crossovers jeopardy. Fortunately, this was worked out, with Holland getting “really emotional” while trying to help smooth things over.
Holland wrote a script with his brother
Throughout his journey, Holland’s family has been by his side. This includes his younger brother, Harry Holland. In fact, while sheltering in place during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the two have taken on a difficult project together.
“Harry and I have been working on the script we’ve been writing together. So we’ve done some really good work on that,” he told Jimmy Kimmel on April 21, 2020. “We’ve sent that out yesterday to the first bunch of producers which is actually more nerve-wracking than anything I’ve ever done in my career because I’m worried that they’re going to actually find out that I’m really stupid and I can’t spell anything.”
When does filming for the third ‘Spider-Man’ movie begin?
Though Holland is keeping busy in quarantine, he has a lot to look forward to. He tells Kimmel that he had just started filming Uncharted with Mark Wahlberg when they shut down for coronavirus. However his future schedule is not certain.
As previously reported, the final film in his Spider-Man trilogy was set to begin shooting in July. “I’m not too sure,” he told Kimmel of what’s to come. “Whether we shoot [Uncharted] first or we shoot Spider-Man first I’m unclear. But both movies are being made.” Given that he’s always up for a challenge, we think Holland will weather this storm just fine.