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Robert Downey Jr Had One Tiny Problem With Tom Holland Playing Spider-Man in MCU

Downey Jr. initially thought that Holland's British heritage would be a problem.

Robert Downey Jr Had One Tiny Problem With Tom Holland Playing Spider-Man in MCU


  • Robert Downey Jr is a highly influential actor in the Hollywood industry, known for his role as Iron Man in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
  • Downey introduced various characters and actors into the MCU, including Spider-Man, and had mixed feelings about Tom Holland's portrayal of Peter Parker in the latest film.
  • Peter Parker's snarky yet funny nature and optimism resonated with Downey's character, making him more relatable to teenagers

Robert Downey Jr is one of the most influential actors in the Hollywood industry with his most iconic role being that of Iron Man in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. He set up the foundation of the franchise in such a way that it was Tony Stark’s story that was told in the course of many phases. In his journey, Iron Man brought about a sense of growth not only within himself but also in the characters who stood by him.

Robert Downey Jr as Iron Man
Robert Downey Jr as Iron Man

Downey himself managed to introduce various characters and actors into the franchise. This included Chris Evans as well. In this, there came to be a relationship between that of Downey Jr’s Iron Man and Tom Holland’s Peter Parker. It would seem although that Downey happened to have a small issue when it came to Holland taking over such an iconic role.

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Tom Holland’s British Heritage was a Problem for Robert Downey Jr

Robert Downey Jr revealed in an interview on Jimmy Kimmel Live that he was rather happy about seeing Spider-Man becoming a part of the franchise. This made the franchise introduce not only a much-loved hero but also allowed the iconic superhero’s story to become a meaningful addition. Spider-Man has always been a character that better resonated with teenagers and those who were more optimistic in an otherwise dark work. So when Tom Holland was hired to play the role, Downey was ecstatic. Except for one slight problem.

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Tom Holland as Spider-Man in a still from Captain America: Civil War
Tom Holland as Spider-Man in a still from Captain America: Civil War

“I like this Tom Holland guy. It’s about the person.”

The Iron Man actor slightly regarded, although in jest, that he did not appreciate how Spider-Man, a character who lived in the hearts of every single child, was being played by a British actor. He stated that Peter Parker was one hero everyone could relate to when growing up and that had made him an important part of everyone’s lives. So to have a British actor play the character was a sudden change Downey did not expect. However, it was Tom Holland and his personality that changed his mind.

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Spider-Man Made His Way into Robert Downey Jr’s Heart

Robert Downey Jr talked to Jimmy Kimmel regarding the impact Spider-Man had on his childhood. Growing up, he became the hero the actor most looked up to. His snarky yet funny nature that followed with humourous quips was something that not only attracted him but also many people across the world.

Tom Holland in Spider-Man: No Way Home
Tom Holland in Spider-Man: No Way Home

“To me, Spider-Man was my, that was my whole deal. He was funny, he was cool, he was young like us.” He then joked, “I mean I don’t know, I didn’t get bit by a radioactive spider that I recall.”

Downey could resonate with his character and enjoy him even more because of how much he looks up to Peter Parker.

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Written by Adya

An avid writer fluent in everything Marvel, Adya Godboley is an Assistant Content Lead for FandomWire. She has rich experience in critically analyzing all that is said in between the lines. Hopelessly obsessed with Greek Mythology, she is currently pursuing her Bachelor of Arts in English from K.R. Mangalam University. Adya has written over 1300 articles on various topics expressing her passion and love for all things entertainment.