When it was first announced that Spider-Man was finally going to be a part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it was also revealed that whoever played Peter Parker will first appear in an unspecified Marvel movie, before the Spider-Man reboot hit theaters in summer 2017. Although it has never been officially been confirmed, it is widely known that this mystery movie is Captain America: Civil War, since the top contenders were flown out to Atlanta, where Captain America: Civil War is shooting, to test for the role. Now that Tom Holland has landed the coveted part, The Hollywood Reporter reveals that he actually tested with two of the stars from Captain America: Civil War and Avengers: Age of Ultron, Robert Downey Jr. and Chris Evans, who helped with the decision making process.
On May 30, Tom Holland, Asa Butterfield, Charlie Rowe, Matthew Lintz, Judah Lewis and Charlie Plummer were all flown out to Atlanta, where they all tested alongside Robert Downey Jr., whose Iron Man character shares scenes with Spidey in Captain America: Civil War. Producers Kevin Feige and Amy Pascal were looking for chemistry between the young actors and the oldest Avenger. The studios narrowed it down to Tom Holland and Charlie Rowe, but they couldn't decide between them, so, on the week of June 8, they asked for a second screen test. Tom Holland was the only actor to test separately with Robert Downey Jr. and Chris Evans, and he emerged as the clear choice during the second test. Aside from his cameo in Captain America: Civil War, Tom Holland is signed on for at least three Spider-Man movies.
The studios also announced today that Jon Watts (Cop Car) will direct Spider-Man, who was reportedly hand-picked by Kevin Feige himself. Sources claim that the producer was looking for someone with a comedy background and a unique perspective that would differentiate this movie from the five previous Spidey films. Jon Watts previously directed several episodes of the comedy series Onion News Network. Another report that surfaced today revealed that directorial front runners Jonathan Levine and Theodore Melfi backed out after becoming frustrated with the process. Are you excited to see the new Spider-Man in action?