Comicbook.com writes that while Tom Holland is the youngest actor, at age 19, to play Spider-Man on the big screen, he’ll be playing a bit younger when he dons the red and blue tights for the joint production from Sony Pictures and Marvel Studios.
“We’re really going to see Peter Parker in high school and get deeper into that side of it. He’s just 15 now,” director Jon Watts told Empire magazine in issue 317, now on stands. This confirmed what’s been teased before, giving an exact age to the Peter for the first time. Watts echoed Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige in that the upcoming movie, the third reboot in fifteen years, wouldn’t be an origin story, and would focus on a younger Spidey.
“I love the idea of making a coming-of-age high school movie,” he said. He also praised Holland’s athleticism, adding that he “captures the spirit of the character” in addition to his ability to move like Spidey including some parkour and backflips.
“The kid is Spider-Man.”
Tom Holland will appear as Peter Parker and Spider-Man in 2016’s Captain America: Civil War before a solo movie written by John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein, and directed by Watts, in Summer 2017.