ByKatie Granger, writer at
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Katie Granger

Ever since last week's second official trailer dropped one of the biggest conversations regarding Marvel's upcoming [Captain America: Civil War](tag:994409) has been about Spider-Man.

Tom Holland's debut as the first official Marvel Cinematic Universe Spider-Man was always going to be a big deal, as he's taking up the mantle of one of the most recognizable and most popular characters from the comic book giant's entire history. And though he's the first MCU Spider-Man he's not the first one to don the mask on-screen, as he follows in the footsteps of Sony Spider-Men Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield.

At 19-years old and a character age of 15 Holland will be the youngest on screen Spider-Man yet, and as the first official Marvel Spider-Man he's got a lot of living up to do.

When the deal with Sony and Marvel went through last year and it was announced that The Amazing Spider-Man was dead and Garfield would not continue to reprise his role in the MCU there's a lot of pressure on the shoulders of the new Spidey, for both the studio and Holland himself.

Regardless of what some may view to have been a raw deal, former Sony Spider-Man Garfield dealt with the whole situation in an admirable manner, heaping nothing but praise upon the newcomer:

"It feels lovely, especially because Tom Holland is a really, really great actor. He was in this movie 'The Impossible' and he was just this incredibly powerful, sensitive, just wonderful young actor. And [he's] a dancer, so his body’s the right [form]."

But Garfield isn't the only one to come out in support of the new Spider-Man, Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn (who claims to have viewed the final film) took to Twitter in the wake of the Civil War trailer to praise Holland's performance in Civil War, likening it to the late Heath Ledger's Joker and Robert Downey Jr.'s Tony Stark / Iron Man;

James Gunn's never been one to pull his punches with the fans, and he claims he's not just repping Holland because Marvel are his employer (he's also directing the upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2), claiming "If I don’t like a Marvel movie (or any modern movie) I just say nothing."

Comparing Holland to Ledger and Downey Jr. might just give him even more to live up to when we finally see him properly in action come May, but it's certainly got us even more intrigued to see if he lives up to the name.

'Captain America: Civil War' is set to release May 6, 2016. Whose side are you on?

Sources: ETOnline; James Gunn (via Twitter)


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