How many Spider-Men does it take to make a franchise work? When Disney gained the rights to Peter Parker’s visage and started casting for Spider-Man: Homecoming, Andrew Garfield’s two-film run as Spider-Man came to an end, and Tom Holland squirmed into the iconic red-and-blue spandex. The two finally met for the first time on February 12, when Garfield was hopefully able to give Holland some advice on playing the web-slinger.
It was only a matter of time before the two most recent onscreen incarnations of Spider-Man got tangled in each other’s web and met IRL. Both are native Londoners with a penchant for indie projects and both grew up as certified Spider-Man fanboys. Holland, 20, ran into his Spidey predecessor, Garfield, 33, at the British Academy Film Awards (BAFTA), much to the internet’s delight.
“We met for the first time on the red carpet today,” Holland said. “It was really nice. He’s a really lovely guy. He’s a brilliant actor. He’s really fantastic. I’ve always been a fan of his work. I’m looking forward to picking his brain and seeing if he has any advice.”
If anything, the coincidental meetup is a reminder of the number of quality memes to be found online regarding the evolution of Spider-Man since Tobey Maguire took the reins in 2002. Sony ditched Maguire for Garfield in 2012’s The Amazing Spider-Man, and now an even younger iteration of Peter Parker is heading to screens when Holland’s Spidey makes his sophomore appearance this summer. Spider-Man keeps getting younger, and jokesters on the internet have noticed.
Seriously, the Green Goblin is nothing compared to how savage some of these Spider-Memes are.
Spider-Man: Homecoming is set for a July 7 release date.