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15th Jun 2023

Tom Holland says he, Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield have a group chat called The Spider Boys

Steve Hopkins

‘We really are like brothers’

Spider-Man trio, Tom Holland, Andrew Garfield and Tobey Maguire have a special group chat so they can all keep in touch.

Holland, who has played the role seven times, says the leading men have stayed connected since they all played Peter Parker together in the 2021 multi-verse flick ‘Spider-Man: No Way Home’.

In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter Magazine, Holland revealed: “We have this amazing bond as three people who have been through something that is so unique that we really are like brothers.”

The 27-year-old continued: “We have a great group chat and we catch up every now and then. It’s called the Spider-Boys.”

Holland said the Spider-Boys’ last interaction was when he asked Garfield, 39, and Garfield, 47, to sign a movie poster to be auctioned off during his family charity Brothers Trust’s Gala Trivia Night on February 9.

“They were obviously happy to oblige,” Holland said.

“Spider-Man stuff. Yeah, Spider-Man stuff.”

The Crowded Room producer-star said “it was wonderful” filming their top secret scenes in Jon Watts’ critically-acclaimed superhero threequel, which amassed $1.922bn globally off a $200m budget.

Tom was especially relieved to finally have an in-depth discussion with Garfield, whom he regrets never calling when he beat 7,500 hopefuls for the role at age 19 in 2015: “That’s because of my naivete as a kid…I just wish I’d called him.”

“I was 19 when I got cast. I was so caught up in getting the role that I never took any time to think about what it must have been like for him.”

Holland also goes to his neighbour Benedict Cumberbatch for career advice, and is known to hit a few rounds with fellow Marvel man Chris Pratt and his fellow Uncharted producer-star Mark Wahlberg.

The former child star has been “a little apprehensive” while sitting in meetings for the next Spider-Man film with producers and Marvel execs.

“The first few meetings were about, ‘Why would we do this again?’ And I think we found the reason why. I’m really, really happy with where we’re at in terms of the creative,” Holland said.

“But I’m also a little apprehensive about it. There’s a bit of a stigma about the fourth one in all franchises. I feel like we hit a home run with our first franchise and there’s a part of me that wants to walk away with my head held high and pass the baton to the next lucky kid that gets to bring this character to life.”

Garfield once revealed that they formed a friendship over their tight costumes as they recreated the iconic pointing Spidey meme.

Appearing on Jimmy Kimmel Live, the star revealed that he, Holland and Maguire were “comparing bulges”.

“We were all kind of like thrown onto a set and told to point at each other.”

Continuing, he revealed that the group struggled to get the photo because of how funny the occasion was.

“I think we got one good shot because the rest of the time, we were just laughing and trying not to stare at each other’s crotches and just comparing bulges,” Garfield admitted.

Holland currently executive produces and stars as serial rapist Danny Sullivan in Akiva Goldsman’s psychological thriller The Crowded Room, which is streaming on Apple TV+.

Read the THR story here.

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