Sony was originally not as keen on casting Tom Holland as Spider Man like the Russo Brothers and Marvel Studios were. The director duo remembered casting for Holland Captain America: Civil War in a new interview promoting the release of their latest movie, CherryBringing in an actor to take on one of the greatest superheroes in the world is not an easy decision, and it seems Sony was extremely careful about bringing in a fresh fresh face.
Tom Holland has been praised for his portrayal of Peter Parker in recent years, with many comic fans claiming that he is the best actor to take on the role. However, he was relatively unknown when Russo Brothers and Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige found him. Sony was not sold on the idea. Joe Russo had this to say about Holland’s casting.
“We spoke to Feige Wonder about the Netherlands and he got excited and then we went to Sony … And they said, “Let’s think about it for a minute.” We could see that we were facing resistance from Sony. So we brought [Holland] back, brought him back, brought him back, and we were relentless in our pursuit to disturb him down the throats of the studio that owns this IP. It amounted to a fight, but Sony just kept dragging its feet. “
Sony was also unsure of their deal with Marvel Studios about sharing the Spider Man franchise. Joe Russo says Sony was “nervous about handing out something that could end up costing them hundreds of millions of dollars, if not billions of dollars later.” While the deal has proved incredibly lucrative for both studios, it was initially difficult to take the plunge. “Sony’s concerns were, ‘Do we lend it out? Or do we give it to them to help us reinvent it in a way that adds value to us?’” Continued Russo.
Anthony Russo also pointed out that “it was the first time Spider-Man had ever been cast as a real teen, right?” When it came to casting the new Peter Parker, the Russo Brothers knew they wanted a young actor to take on the part.[It] was very important to us; there was an obvious nervousness about casting a child. After the character’s introduction in Captain America: Civil War, Sony knew the deal and Tom Holland would work.
Tom Holland was very nervous about auditioning for the role, but his screen test with Robert Downey Jr. calmed him down a little. With that being said, the young actor has said it was torturous to hear from the studio if he would keep playing the character. “From the moment of shooting Civil war to Spider-Man: Homecoming“I was convinced they would fire me,” Holland said in a recent interview. Now the actor wants to keep playing Peter Parker for as long as he can. The interview with the Russo Brothers was originally conducted by the British GQ.