There are a bunch of high school kids in New York who spent three days in the presence of Spider-Man, and they never even knew it. Spidey even tipped off one kid, revealing his secret identity, but the kid didn’t believe him. How close were the experiences of actor Tom Holland to those of Peter Parker? One hopes Tom wasn’t bullied and that there was no equivalent of Flash Thompson running around. The whole secret identity thing, though, that was the same.
Holland, who played the new Marvel Studios version of Spider-Man in CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR and who gets to headline in the perfectly named SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING in June of 2017, spent three days undercover as a high school student to research his role. How cool is that? “…I was enrolled in a high school in New York, in the Bronx, as a secret,” says Holland. “No one knew who I was or what I was doing. I had a fake name and a fake accent.” Just imagine all those poor high school girls, who missed their chance to mack on Spider-Man. Think they’re liable to be kicking themselves right about now? What I wonder is, were the teachers and the principal in on it? How exactly does one go about enrolling in high school undercover, anyway? In 21 JUMP STREET (the show, not the godawful movie) the police department always set things up for them. Did Stan Lee make a few phone calls? Or maybe Tony Stark set the whole thing up?