Spider-Man films he starred inSpider-Man: Homecoming (2017), Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019)

It’s somehow fitting for the MCU’s version—given its interconnected and interlocking pieces—of Spider-Man to debut in a movie that’s not his own. Appearing first in Captain America: Civil War, Tom Holland’s Peter Parker makes an immediate impression in just about four minutes of screentime, as a conversation between Peter and Tony Stark re-establishes everything we need to know about the character without needing to re-do an origin story. During this chat, audiences see a decidedly teenage take on the character, with Holland’s overwhelming earnestness, eagerness, and charm on display.

Holland’s Spider-Man persona doesn’t feel at odds with his portrayal of Peter either; instead, he’s doing sort of a more comedic version of who he already is behind the mask. Perhaps the reason Holland’s Peter stands out so much is that he’s often an audience surrogate, fashioned as a fan who has a gee-wiz attitude about being a more significant part of this world. Further standalone installments—whether in his own set of solo films or the devastating yet effective one-two-punch of Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame—continued to refine the character, introducing more of that patented “Parker Luck’’ and providing him with some inspired foes to battle. So sure, while Holland’s Peter Parker had to share the screen with the Avengers before he got to web up his own movie, Holland has spun up quite the take on Spider-Man—and one that’s bound to stick with audiences for a long, long time.