Once, it was enough to look a bit like #Superman, and to not ask for too much money. Nowadays, however, the base-line requirements for becoming a movie superhero bring new meaning to the word "multifarious," being both plentiful and hugely diverse. Sure, you have to look the part, but you also need to be willing to sign a lengthy, likely career-defining contract, commit to endless promotional interviews with the uninspiring likes of #JimmyFallon and whoever is presenting breakfast television these days, and, of course, agree to be a "morally upstanding" role model in pretty much everything that you do.
In other words? When #TomHolland signed on to play #SpiderMan in the #MarvelCinematicUniverse, he wasn't just agreeing to run around in a fancy suit — he was binding his life, and his public persona, to that of the iconic hero.
Fortunately, though, it seems that Holland is both well aware of his newfound responsibilities, and really rather good at fulfilling them. That, at least, is the most obvious takeaway from the fact that...
Tom Holland Just Visited A Children's Hospital Dressed A Spider-Man, With Adorable Results
I mean, let's just take a look at the raw data for a second here:
Visit to a children's hospital? Check.
Adorable banter with a heartwarmingly brave and snarky kid? Check.
Surprising ability to deal with being told that #Batman is better than Spider-Man? Check, check and check.
Humble and co-star respecting social media post featuring video footage of said adorable things? Checkmate.
Now, of course, it would be tempting to be cynical about the video above — not least since Marvel is seemingly getting extremely good at pairing its stars with appropriately adorable children in hospital. In the face of Holland's sheer niceness, however — along with the fact that he and his co-stars' visit will have made a genuine difference to a whole lot of young lives — it seems more than a little churlish to do so.
After all, does it really matter why someone dresses up as the iconic superhero that they play on the big screen to visit sick kids, when so few people actually bother to do anything to help sick kids at all?
Nicely played, Mr. Holland. Nicely played indeed.
What do you think, though? Is Batman really better than Spider-Man, or was the kid in that video just screwing with Spidey? Let us know below!