Keen-eyed fans were probably already aware of which comic series Tom Holland had been reading to prep for Spider-Man: Homecoming, and now we know for sure.
In an interview with IGN, Holland elaborated on the comics that have most inspired his performance as the new Peter Parker. The series: Brian Michael Bendis’ hit Ultimate Spider-Man run, which reimagined teenage Spidey for the modern era and tackled a lot of his iconic stories from a fresh perspective. Some elements from the movie seem to be lifted from that comic run (i.e. the bank robbery scene, Peter’s Ganke-esque pal), which Ultimate fans probably noticed already.
Which, a whole lot of the MCU was inspired by the Ultimate Universe when it began in the first place, though its since splintered with elements from the original comic universe and taken on a life of its own in the years since. Bendis’ Spider-Man run was an acclaimed take on the character, and should be a perfect jumping-on point for the MCU version.
Here’s the choice excerpt from Holland’s comments:
“The comics that sort of resonated with me most and I used for my performance was the Ultimate Spider-Man comics. They’re so modern and up-to-date with what’s happening in the world right now. For me, it was just a really, really strong thing to follow and I have so many screenshots on my phone from like lines that were written that I stole to use for the movie.”
Of course, that Ultimate Spider-Man also eventually ended with Peter’s death and Miles Morales’ ascension to the new Ultimate Spider-Man. So yeah, who knows?
Spider-Man: Homecoming opens July 7.