After generally being considered the breakout star of Captain America: Civil War, Tom Holland has a lot of expectation on his young shoulders as he prepares for Spidey's first solo outing. Footage from the set however, shows the young man unbothered by such pressures, instead busting some moves to Daft Punk:
Presented as a challenge to the Russo Brothers, who recently posted on set pictures of Thanos to whet fans' appetites, Tom Holland is seen in motion-capture to attempt (and naturally fail) to rival Tobey Maguire's world-beating moves in Spiderman 3.
Thanos (Josh Brolin) is yet to respond. This Instagram post shouldn't be a surprise to anyone who has followed Tom Holland's career, as before he became famous in Hollywood, he was already an accomplished dancer in the West End.
West End Origins
Training at a hip-hop class in Wimbledon, London called Nifty Feet Dance School, he was spotted at the mere age of ten by Billy Elliott scouts. Billy Elliott is the hugely popular West End adaptation of the film, which follows a boy from the North of England as he takes up ballet instead of the more traditionally masculine boxing. The scouts were attracted to his streetdance ability, but in order to train for the role he had to learn the finer points of ballet. Soon he had a headline role in the musical, before moving up to major films with The Impossible, starring Naomi Watts and Ewan MacGregor in 2012. From there he has become one of the biggest names in Marvel - all from dancing at a very young age.
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Will Him And Zendaya Share A Dance?
In Spider-Man: Homecoming, Zendaya has been cast as Parker's classmate Michelle. Having been trained as a dancer, she has appeared in many music videos, commercials, as well as releasing her own music - she even appeared on season 16 of Dancing With The Stars. You can see her in action opposite Tom Holland here:
Whilst Parker's romantic leads have been traditionally Gwen Stacy and Mary Jane, and Michelle is currently billed as "merely a friend", the opportunity for the two of them to share a dance of some description (maybe the school prom?) would be too good to miss. Make it happen Marvel!
What Holland's Dance And Acrobatic Training Means For 'Spider-Man: Homecoming'
The rigorous training Holland has been provided as a result of his performances as Billy Elliott will serve him in very good stead as Spider-Man. For example, for the closing scene in Billy Elliott Holland ran up a wall before performing a backward flip, a move that usually had audiences standing on their feet. This acrobatic training means that he will be able to perform his stunts himself, allowing for a more elegant physicality to action scenes. Check out him training on set:
The larger question remains: will he be able to top Tobey Maguire's dancing in Spider-Man 3? Its impossible to say. Maguire has set the bar very very high. Yet with Maguire's irrepressible dance, this came in the context of the character as he hilariously tried to reinvent himself. With the appropriate context to Holland's interpretation, we could see some excellent dancing to possibly better that iconic performance.
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