Meet Tom Holland, Your New Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man

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Supposed 19-year-old 

Marvel and Sony have finally reached a decision. On Tuesday they announced that 19-year-old British actor Tom Holland is the new Peter Parker. 

The two studios only worked out a deal to share Spider-Man back in February. Sony finally realized they could not make good Spider-Man movies anymore, so they agreed to let Marvel put Spidey in all their movies if Marvel would make a new standalone movie for Sony. 

Since then, Marvel boss Kevin Feige and former Sony boss Amy Pascal have been looking for the right guy to play a high-school aged Peter Parker. Now they've finally settled on Holland, who Pascal describes as "a vibrant, talented young actor capable of embodying one of the most well-known characters in the world."

So who the hell is this Tom Holland kid? Well, he's been in a handful of things, including the highly acclaimed British mini-series Wolf Hall. But the biggest thing he's done, and probably the main reason he got the Spider-Man gig, is the stage version Billy Elliot—you know, the one about the little boy from a hardscrabble town who wants to be a ballet dancer.

Check him out showing off his athleticism on Instagram:

Yep, those tricks are going to come in handy playing Spider-Man alright. 

At this point, we don't officialy know when Holland will make his big-screen debut as Spidey. However, it's widely believed that he'll show up in 2016's Captain America: Civil War before getting his own movie in 2017. So stay tuned. 

[via Screen Rant]

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