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Tom Holland's undercover Spider-Man story is (almost) as awesome as Spidey himself


Not only is young Brit Tom Holland a brilliant new Spider-Man for the 21st century; he also got so into character for solo movie Homecoming that he actually went undercover in an American high-school.

"The coolest thing I think I did for the movie was I was enrolled in a high school in New York, in the Bronx, as a secret," Cinemablend reports him as saying. "No one knew who I was or what I was doing. I had a fake name and a fake accent. I went to school for three days, I think. It was really fun. It was really interesting because New York high schools are so different to schools that I went to in London. Where I went to a school where you have to wear a suit and tie and it's all boys, and for me it was the first time that I was in a classroom with girls. It was a really strange experience, it was really fun."

Not only does this make Tom our new favourite person (eat your heart out, all you method actors), it's also great news for the movie. Director Jon Watts has said Homecoming will contain authentic feelings of teenage angst so popular from John Hughes high school movies, so the fact that Tom took it this seriously should guarantee a great time at the cinema. Even when he broke his facade, the actor found it hard to get people to believe him.

"And then I told one person. I told one kid at the school. I was like 'Hey man, listen, I'm actually Spider-Man.' He did not believe me... And at the time I hadn't made the movie, so I didn't have any pictures to show him to prove that I was Spider-Man... No one believed me. Which is actually a good thing, because it makes me think that if Peter Parker went up in his school and was like, 'I'm Spider-Man,' everyone would be like 'Nah dude, no you're not.'"

OK, if he was that convincing off-set, we can't wait to see Tom fly high as our brand new Spidey. His appearance in this year's Captain America: Civil War was truly epic, but frankly not enough – he needs a feature-length movie to himself, right now.

The bad news? We have to wait a while longer. Spider-Man: Homecoming is released on 7th July 2017. Think Tom will be the best web-crawler yet? Send us your thoughts @Cineworld.