Atlanta is the Hollywood of the south, and Georgia overall has one of the best film industries in the country. On any given day, one could see superheroes, zombies, crime fighters or a number of other things depending on which television or movie set he or she comes across.
Last Thursday, August 18, patients and staff of the Egleston Children’s Hospital in Atlanta were paid a visit by Spider-Man, aka Tom Holland. Holland is in Atlanta filming the Spiderman standalone film Spider-Man: Homecoming, which premieres on July 7 next year.
Holland surprised the children at the hospital as he showed up in his costume and spent the day interacting with and cheering up the patients.
“Meeting you all today was such a wonderful experience and you’re all such little inspirations,” Holland said on Instagram, “We’re proud of you, and we love and we hope to be back soon, and thank you for having us Egleston Children’s hospital.”
Holland made his debut as Spider-Man when he was recruited by Tony Stark to be on his team during last April’s Captain America: Civil War. Marvel Studios and Disney were only recently able to get the rights for the Spider-Man character after they made a deal to share them with Sony in 2015, who released five Spider-Man films since 2002. According to Cinema Blend, Marvel will get full creative control over the film, and Sony will distribute it. The companies will then split the profits in an unknown ratio.
According to multiple reports, Spider-Man: Homecoming will not be an origin story like Tobey McGuire’s or Andrew Garfield’s debuts of the character. The film will, however, be a coming of age story, and Peter Parker will be around fifteen years old. He will already have been fighting crime when the story takes place as was seen in Captain America: Civil War.
Other than Holland, Disney Channel star Zendaya, actor and rapper Donald Glover and Marisa Tomei have also been confirmed for the film, which will be the sixteenth in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Even though Spider-Man: Homecoming doesn’t come out for a year, Marvel fans will have two films, Doctor Strange and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 to tide them over in the meantime.