The new Spider-Man of the Marvel Cinematic Universe is young, but do you know how young? Apparently, 21-year-old actor Tom Holland, who plays the nerdy, Star Wars-obsessed Peter Parker in Spider-Man: Homecoming and in next year’s Avengers: Infinity War, has never seen the original Star Wars films. He’s no Spider-Man — he’s a Spider-Baby!
On Wednesday, Making Star Wars pointed out from an April interview with Yahoo! that Holland has never seen any of the movies in the original Star Wars trilogy. He has, however, seen the maligned prequels, as well as the newest films, 2015’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens and last year’s Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, which just became available on Netflix.
In an interview with Yahoo! while promoting his film The Lost City of Z, Holland said he hasn’t seen the 1980 classic The Empire Strikes Back, which his Peter Parker references during his first battle in Captain America: Civil War. “I haven’t seen The Empire Strikes Back, I’m not gonna lie,” he said. In fact, he hasn’t seen A New Hope (1977) or Return of the Jedi (1983) either. “For some reason I skipped the original Star Wars, I don’t know why and I’m very embarrassed.”
He has, however, seen the prequels, and he loves them. “I’m even more embarrassed to say that I love those movies when I was a kid. Everyone’s like, ‘What? You liked those movies?’ But I though they were great.”
And The Force Awakens and Rogue One were both “dope,” according to Spider-Man. “I really am a fan of those, I thought they were great fun.”
Spider-Man: Homecoming is in theaters now.