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Spider-Man's 'baggy' suit not so amazing, says Tom Holland

Published 26/04/2016

Chris Evans and Robert Downey Jr (right) attending the Captain America: Civil War photocall in London.
Chris Evans and Robert Downey Jr (right) attending the Captain America: Civil War photocall in London.

Spider-Man actor Tom Holland has said he was "disappointed" the first time he tried on the costume as he made his debut as the superhero in Captain America: Civil War.

The 19-year-old had to put up with a second-hand suit when he began filming.

Speaking at the European premiere of the film in London's Westfield, he said: "I have to say it was a little disappointing, because my stunt double at the time was a little taller than I am, and I had to wear his suit because they didn't have one for me.

"So it was kind of baggy the first time I tried it on. It wasn't as cool as I'd hoped.

"But then obviously once they'd fixed it up it looked incredible, it was amazing."

London-born Holland, who was cast as Spider-Man in 2015, told the Press Association on the red carpet: "There are no words that can describe how I feel right now.

"To be here and to be surrounded by this wonderful cast is just incredible, and I'm so proud of this movie, and just, everything's amazing."

Looking ahead to filming his own standalone film, he said: " I was unbelievably excited about it anyway, but this just raises it to a new level.

"To know that I have more of this to come, and this is not just a one-off, is one of the most amazing things to me."

His co-star Robert Downey Jr, who stars as Iron Man, congratulated Holland on his first time in the role.

He said: "Spider-Man is English again, congratulations... I'm just going to give it up to the home team and say, England it is again."

Spider-Man was previously played by British-American actor Andrew Garfield, who grew up in England.

Downey and Holland were joined on the red carpet by co-stars including Chris Evans, Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie, Jeremy Renner, Paul Bettany, Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Rudd, Emily Vancamp and Daniel Bruhl.

The film sees the Avengers split into two opposing camps, with Captain America and Iron Man facing off over their future as an autonomous team of superheroes.

After a disastrous incident in which Scarlet Witch (Olsen) causes collateral damage and the death of innocent civilians, the Avengers are told to submit to government oversight and a system of accountability.

This divisive move fractures the team of superheroes. Captain America rebels against government interference, joined by the Winter Soldier (Stan), Falcon (Mackie), Hawkeye (Renner) and Scarlet Witch.

But ranged against him are Iron Man, War Machine (Don Cheadle), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman) and Vision (Bettany).

On whether he sided with his character Tony Stark - aka Iron Man - in the battle, Downey joked: "Chr is Evans is such a righteous guy, you've got to wonder: is there something wrong with me for going against him?"

But he added: "I can honestly say, I kind of get Tony's point of view."

His co-stars Evans and Rudd both sported full beards for the premiere, with the Ant-Man actor joking the two were involved in a "beard-off".

He suggested they were engaged in a "battle of the beards", adding: " We call each other - I said: 'You should go with the premiere beard.'"

Ant-Man's appearance in the film adds "a lot of levity," Rudd explained.

He said: "There are some pretty epic battles in this movie, and there is a lot of drama and tension, and I think that apart from contributing to some of that as well, Ant-Man is a little overwhelmed by the situation and feels the need to comment on that. So that allows room for some jokes, I think."

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