Tom Holland’s Top 3 Favorite Marvel Films Don’t Include a Single ‘Spider-Man’ Movie

Tom Holland can be summed up in a phrase: Happy-go-lucky. He has moments of pain in the Spider-Man movies where he gets buried under rubble and has his secret identity revealed to the world while he’s also being framed for murder.

But in real life, nothing seems to bring the man down. Even when it seemed like Spider-Man might have to leave the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) last year, he kept a game face. 

So it only seems fitting to have Holland celebrate his favorite movies. As much as he likes to boost his own movies, his top Marvel movie picks are not Spider-Man movies. And he’s barely in one of his choices — these are Iron Man, Thor: Ragnarok and Avengers: Endgame — which only spotlights his humble nature.

Tom Holland loves the movie that started it all

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Compared to the bombast of movies like Holland’s other choices, Iron Man seems relatively quaint now. Sure, it’s big and loud like every superhero movie, but it was a different world in 2008, when you saw in-camera effects almost as much as you did CGI.

The stakes are still intense but they seem refreshingly low-key compared to what followed. The movie made $318 million in the US, so Marvel started strong out of the gate 

The movie scored a 94 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, remaining one of the highest-rated Marvel movies. The Consensus reads: “Powered by Robert Downey Jr.’s vibrant charm, Iron Man turbo-charges the superhero genre with a deft intelligence and infectious sense of fun.”

According to Insider, Holland has called the film “one of the greatest superhero movies” and said that “no one ever in the history of movies should ever try and play Tony Stark ever again” after Downey put his indelible stamp on the role. Ironically, some have criticized the Spider-Man movies for trying too hard to make Spider-Man Tony Stark’s heir apparent. 

Tom Holland knows the friend from work too

Spider-Man had no notable contact with the Hulk in the MCU movies, but that doesn’t stop Holland from naming Thor: Ragnarok one of his favorites. That movie is arguably as much loved for the scenes with the Hulk as it is for Thor: Even before the movie came out, the trailer made the “friend from work” line an instant favorite. 

Before 2017, the Thor movies had done well but not spectacularly well at the box office. The franchise seemed to be struggling a bit when the second movie, The Dark World, was greeted with more or less a “meh” and was dogged by controversy after original director Patty Jenkins jumped ship, only to give DC a badly needed hit with Wonder Woman. Then Ragnarok reinvigorated the series, becoming far and away from the biggest hit of the Thor lineup. 

The Rotten Tomatoes critical consensus read: “Exciting, funny, and above all fun, Thor: Ragnarok is a colorful cosmic adventure that sets a new standard for its franchise — and the rest of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.” Holland said that movie was actually his favorite of the three he named. 

Yes, Tom Holland loves ‘Endgame too” 

By now, what’s to say about Endgame that hasn’t already been said? The movie was the unquestioned event of 2019, becoming not just the biggest hit of the year, the biggest movie by Marvel Studios and the biggest hit of all time at the worldwide box office, where it pulled in an eye-popping $2.8 billion. 

Holland is in the three-hour movie for probably not more than five minutes at the most, but he was part of the memorable portals return when all the dusted heroes returned to fight another day. And so will Holland and Spider-Man in their third Spider-Man movie, although fans have to wait a little longer for it. The release date of the movie has been pushed from November 2021 to December 2021.