After months of trying to replace their perfectly functional Peter Parker with a newer model, Sony and Marvel have at last found a young star straight and white enough for their written statute. The studios today announced that 19-year-old, of course British actor Tom Holland will take over the role of Spider-Man, beginning with an appearance in Captain America: Civil War before carrying on in his own rebooted franchise.
The first of those solo films isn't scheduled to hit theaters until July 28, 2017, but the studios have locked down a director for that, too, hiring Jon Watts for the job. Watts' film résumé isn't very long--his first feature-length, not-for-TV movie was last year's Clown--but he sort of makes sense given the path Marvel head Kevin Feige has set for Spider-Man. Feige has said he hopes the new version of the superhero will be "very, very funny and very, very witty," which Watts has shown a talent for handling across a variety of The Onion's funny and witty news shorts. Also, Watts did the upcoming thriller Cop Car, so he could probably get us Kevin Bacon for Green Goblin, which wouldn't be bad at all.
That's casting news to champion or complain about another day, though. For now, we've just got Holland as Spider-Man, and already he's hoping to sell us on it. Over the weekend, the actor posted some clips of himself doing some flips off his deck--proof that, beyond effectively looking like a high school dork, he can handle some of the Spidey stunt-work, too. Such are the mobility improvements we've made over three generations of Tobey Maguire upgrades.
Have a look below to begin your judgment.