Tom Holland Explains Why His Spider-Man "Never Actually Punches Anyone"

The 'Spider-Man: Homcoming' star's upcoming film is not just rehashing the past: "I think the biggest difference is his youth and innocence."

Tom Holland promises his Spider-Man is bringing something new to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. 

"You've seen the billionaire, the scientist, the soldier. Now it's time to see the kid," the Spider-Man: Homecoming star says in this week's Hollywood Reporter cover story. "And every decision we make on set is based off, 'How would a kid react in this situation?' so every fight scene we have is designed in a way that's almost child-friendly, so he never actually punches anyone. It's all done kind of by accident. I think the biggest difference is his youth and innocence."

The actor, whose Peter Parker debuted in this summer's Captain America: Civil War, is the third person to headline a Spider-Man franchise, following in the footsteps of Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield. He hasn't spoken to them about stepping into Peter Parker's shoes, but counts Maguire's trilogy and Garfield's two films as inspiration.

"I watched every single one years before I even got cast in this movie. And then we watched them all again and just picked little things that I thought was great and that I'd like to keep," says Holland. 

There's more Spider-Man: Homecoming scoops in this week's The Hollywood Reporter magazine — including Holland's costar Zendaya weighing in on the controversy surrounding her mystery character (she's not a romantic interest) and how Holland learned he was playing the web-slinger. Read film reporter Tatiana Siegel's full interview with Holland here

Spider-Man: Homecoming is from director Jon Watts and opens July 7, 2017.