Now that Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 has had some time in the spotlight, it’s time to gear up for Spider-Man: Homecoming, which is just a little over a month away.
Stars Tom Holland and Robert Downey Jr. stopped by Jimmy Kimmel Live, and Kimmel mentioned that he loved the a rough cut of the movie he’d seen. He then asked Holland if he’d seen the movie yet and what he thought, to which Holland answered:
“I saw it about a month ago. You know when you revise for an exam and you feel like you crushed it, but the longer you wait for the results, the more you think you ruined it? … So walking into the screening, I was like, ‘This is gonna be awful, I’m gonna hate it,’ and leaving I was over the moon. I loved it.”
Kimmel went on to mention that he felt like Holland is the Spider-Man he read in comics when he was eight years old, and that the title is a double entendre — “homecoming” like the high school dance, but also “homecoming” like the character is coming home. Holland, however, being a Brit, didn’t quite get the reference at first:
“That was the whole thing. We got halfway through shooting the movie and I was like, ‘By the way, what’s homecoming?’ We don’t do that. Our proms are very different, though. They serve booze at the prom.”
After this, Kimmel and Downey Jr. lamented that they had to drink their booze at prom in the parking lot. There were a lot of things that Holland was unfamiliar with when it came to the American school system, so when he joked that he should go undercover, Marvel took him seriously:
“I guess they didn’t get my British sarcasm. So the next thing I know, I had a backpack with a pencil case on my way to the Bronx School of Science. I went to school with a fake name and a fake accent. … And, yeah, the Bronx School of Science is a school for genius kids, and I am no genius. … Even the teachers didn’t know I was not a real student, so they would bring me up to the front of the class and by like, ‘What do you think, new kid?’ And I’m like, ‘I have no idea what you’re talking about.’ So it was very embarrassing.”
When asked if they brought in a fake mom to drop him off, Holland chucked and replied:
“They brought Marisa Tomei in for just that weekend.”
The full interview is below, and it shows just how charming Holland is and how well he complements Downey Jr. They have a great back-and-forth, and Holland holds his own against a big personality like Downey Jr.
Summary: Following the events of Captain America: Civil War (2016), Peter Parker attempts to balance his life in high school with his career as the web-slinging superhero Spider-Man.
Spider-Man: Homecoming, directed by Jon Watts, stars Tom Holland, Robert Downey Jr., Marisa Tomei, Donald Glover, Zendaya, Tony Revolori, and Michael Keaton. Check it out on July 7th.