Marvel Announces New Spider-Man Star!

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Tobey Maguire is officially old-school, and Andrew Garfield never quite worked out the way execs had hoped, so it's back to the drawing board for the Spider-Man franchise.

The bad news is, that probably means yet another origin story. (He got bit by a spider! We get it!) The good news is, the web-slinger is now in the hands of buzzed-about young actor and an exciting new director.

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Marvel and Sony announced today that 19-year-old Brit Tom Holland will be climbing into the blue-and-red spandex for a reboot of the franchise that's set to launch on July 28, 2017.

Holland is best known for his work in the 2012 tsunami drama The Impossible, as well as the recent BBC miniseries Wolf Hall. 

It'll be his first time as the lead in a major studio picture, but he showed off some epic moves playing the title character in the Billy Elliott stage musical, so at least we know he's no stranger to lycra.

At the helm of the high-stakes flick will be director Jon Watts, a virtual unknown who recently received some notice on the festival circuit for his Kevin Bacon vehicle (no pun intended) entitled Cop Car.

The film marks Spider-Man's return to the Marvel movie universe, so it's likely Holland's version of Peter Parker will pop up in  various other superhero flicks as well.

What do you think THGers? Suffering from Spidey fatigue after last summer's flop? Wondering when the wisecracking New Yorker will be played by an American again? Sound off in the comments section.

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