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Tom Holland is known for a few things: Playing Spider-Man, accidentally telling people spoilers about Spider-Man, and collecting souvenirs from the sets of the films he's been in. Like many of his fellow MCU stars, he's a collector of memorabilia from his various blockbuster experiences, but according to Holland, the best piece of movie swag he's ever gotten actually came from a film he's not in.
Holland was on the mega-popular webseries Hot Ones this week to promote next week's release of Spider-Man: No Way Home, and while host Sean Evans didn't use those increasingly spicy wings to pry any spoilers from the new film out of him, Holland did answer a couple of questions about his time in the MCU. Over the course of the 10-wing interview, he talked about everything from Alfred Molina's reaction to the new Doc Ock visual effects ("he loved it") to the secret to keeping Peter Parker's energy up while wearing a mask (swing your arms a lot). But Evans waited until the very last wing to ask Holland what souvenir from his movie experiences was the most meaningful to him, and that's when Holland broke out a piece of MCU history.
With his eyes watering from hot sauce overload, Holland explained that, back in the days when Robert Downey Jr. was shooting Dolittle in London, the MCU legend was staying at a house not far from Holland's own London home. With Black Panther about to emerge as the next big MCU blockbuster, Downey invited Holland and his brothers over to his home to screen the new film (because when you're Downey, the MCU screenings just come right to your front door). What happened next was unforgettable.
"[My brother Paddy] comes running into the room, and he's holding the original Iron Man helmet, and Downey had given it to him as a gift," Holland recalled. "That's a really special one for me, because I was lucky enough to join the MCU, but I joined it very late. And that souvenir, you know, that's from the original film. That's the birthplace of this incredible world that Kevin Feige and Marvel have created, you know, and Downey and Favreau kickstarted. So to have something from that film is a huge honor."
Holland's MCU appearances began with Downey, as Tony Stark recruited Peter Parker to his team for Captain America: Civil War, and their journey together formed a key emotional linchpin of the story that culminated in Avengers: Endgame and continued into Spider-Man: Far From Home. It's fitting that their real-life relationship seemed to echo their fictional one, and equally fitting that Downey passed on a part of his legacy to Holland's family, just as Tony did for Peter.
Spider-Man: No Way Home is in theaters December 17.