Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - JAMES WIGNEY

mind the mega- strength and the whole climb­ing up walls thing, Tom Hol­land’s true su­per­power is pos­i­tive think­ing.

As a kid there was no other su­per­hero for the UK ac­tor than Spi­der- Man. He had all the para­pher­na­lia, the cos­tumes ( by his count, more than 30 over the years), the bed­spread, py­ja­mas — you name it. And he has long har­boured a burn­ing am­bi­tion to play the much- loved comic book web- slinger. So much so that about five years ago, he boldly stated in an in­ter­view that he’d like the gig ( and that of James Bond) after An­drew Garfield hung up the blue and red span­dex out­fit.

“I feel like if you put some­thing out into the uni­verse then you in­crease your chances of it hap­pen­ing,” the con­fi­dent, af­fa­ble and well- spo­ken Hol­land says.

Hol­land got his chance ear­lier than he might have thought. Rather than re­tir­ing from his role as Spi­der- Man, Garfield was side­lined after two solo out­ings that, while far from dis­as­trous, didn’t per­form as well as hoped ei­ther crit­i­cally or at the box of­fice. Then, thanks to an un­prece­dented deal be­tween Sony, the stu­dio with the rights to Spi­der- Man, and Dis­ney, home to the larger Marvel Cin­e­matic Uni­verse, Hol­land made his de­but as Spidey in last year’s Cap­tain Amer­ica: Civil War.

Hol­land first shot to fame on the West End stage as the lead in hit mu­si­cal Billy El­liot, and fol­lowed that up with movie ap­pear­ances in The Im­pos­si­ble with Naomi Watts and In the Heart of the Sea with Chris Hemsworth.

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