It looks like Tom Holland isn't the only one who worked hard to become Marvel Studio's very first Spider-Man.
While the British star had been pushed Marvel to let him play Peter Parker by sending the studio various videos of himself doing backflips, Spider-Man: Homecoming director Jon Watts had also "bothered" everyone at Marvel and Sony with mood reels and fake trailers so that they'd let him helm the film.
Speaking in an interview with Den of Geek, Watts remembers what had drawn him to the project and how he had tried to convince the studios to let give him Homecoming's directorial seat.
"I had been wanting to make a coming of age movie, though, so when it was sort of floated that they were gonna make Spider-Man younger than we've ever really seen him before… that was really exciting. I had already been trying to make that sort of a movie, so I took all of those ideas I had been working on and kind of projected them onto this film."
"Then (with the perfect pitch in hand) I just, kind of, bothered them. And everyone at Sony. I made like a mood reel, just editing together a bunch of clips into almost like a fake trailer. To show people the tone I was imagining. And I storyboarded a bunch of sequences that I sent to them, and just… I thought it was going to be really good practise for pitching to big studios. I really didn't think I was gonna get it, until the very very end."
The Homecoming team really, really wanted their parts; Holland as the film's star and Watt's as its director. Now it seems like all the effort the two put into their roles is paying off with positive early reviews and a certified fresh rating on review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes.
Spider-Man: Homecoming makes its big debut this Friday, July 7.