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Tom Holland invited a young boy who saved his sister from a dog attack to 'No Way Home' set
Not all heroes wear capes. Some wear baseball caps.
Not all heroes wear capes or carry shields. Some wear baseball caps and a smile. It's the look Bridger Walker decided to rock when he and his family stepped onto the set of Spider-Man: No Way Home earlier this year, fulfilling a promise made by Tom Holland after Bridger saved his sister from a brutal dog attack in the summer of 2020. The story fast went national, drawing attention from other A-list Marvel actors like Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, and Robert Downey Jr., all of whom recorded special videos, hailing the young Avengers fan — who sustained facial injuries from the mauling — as a real-life hero.
Holland upstaged his two co-stars with an offer to visit the set of his third solo Spider-Man film, which kicked off production last November. "If you ever want to come to set and hang out and see the Spider-Man suit up close and hang out with us, you're always welcome," Holland told Bridger over FaceTime several months prior. "You'll always be my guest."
The star wasn't just whistling dixie as the boy's father, Robert Walker, confirmed in a pair of Instagram posts made over the weekend. "When we first arrived on set, I was a little apprehensive that once the 'curtain was pulled back' that the magic of the movies would be lost for the kids. The opposite was true!" he wrote in the first post, going on to thank Holland, Zendaya (MJ), Jacob Batalon (Ned Leeds), Tony Revolori (Flash Thompson), Harry Holland (Tom's brother), and the rest of the crew.
"They don’t just act the part of friendly neighborhood heroes — that’s what they truly are," Robert added. "The look on the kids’ faces was priceless when we rounded the blue-screen to see Tom, in full costume, high above the set on a light post. It was emotional to see him waive at the kids like he was the one that was supposed to be excited — not the other way around."
The second post featured a video of Bridger filling in for Zendaya while Holland practiced a stunt for the opening of the film in which Peter and MJ try to evade hordes of New Yorkers who have just learned of Spider-Man's secret identity.
"While there are so many reasons [No Way Home] will go down as one of the best ever, I personally think it is because the cast and crew are good, kind, and passionate people," Robert concluded. "Individuals who heard about a little boy’s injury, who wanted to make it right. People who were willing to stop a very busy day of shooting to make my little boy smile, and give him a chance to 'web-swing' with his hero. Thank you again to everyone who played some role in Bridger’s special day 'hanging' with Spider-Man."
Spider-Man: No Way Home is now playing in theaters everywhere.