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Don’t tell Tom Holland your secrets because he *will* inadvertently let them slip


By Sarah Finnan
28th Feb 2022

@tomholland2013

Don’t tell Tom Holland your secrets because he *will* inadvertently let them slip

Someone might need to explain the word “spoilers” to Tom Holland because I don’t think he really understands the concept.

Tom Holland is a bad liar. There I said it. That seems like a contradictory statement given the fact that he’s a pretty successful, multi-award-winning actor, but those talents don’t seem to translate off-screen when he’s running on his own script. 

Maybe he’s still coming to terms with the whole “fame” thing and isn’t used to all the interviews/media attention, you think. Well, Holland got his start at age 12, which was approximately 13 years ago, so that strikes me as being more than enough time for him to work on his poker face… no?! 

Either way, he doesn’t exactly have the best track record when it comes to not giving major spoilers away. Particularly where his own projects are concerned. In fact, some would argue that his reputation as Spoiler-Man outweighs his status as Spider-Man and he’s been known to drop secrets on plot details, endings and even the existence of sequels long before they had been officially announced. 

He’d probably have stepped his foot in it a lot more often had it not been for his co-stars and Zendaya, who literally had to put her hand over his mouth to stop him from blabbing on one occasion. 

There’s something quite endearing about it all the same though. It kind of makes him more relatable in a way. Yes, he’s a big Hollywood star, but he can’t keep a secret… so he’s still human and we’ll always have a soft spot for him and Queen Z regardless. 

So, without further ado, below are some of the times that Tom Holland should not have been allowed to talk about his upcoming projects unsupervised. 

December 2016

It all began back in 2016 when Holland hosted a live Q&A on Facebook. Asked whether his part in Billy Elliot had helped prepare him to take on the role of Spider-Man, the actor responded by saying that his dance training was definitely an asset in terms of doing his own stunts – explaining that he liked to do as many of his own action shots as possible. Everything would have been fine had he stopped there, but this is Tom Holland we’re talking about so naturally, he continued on. 

“There were a few things that I couldn’t do. There was, like, some time where they dangled my poor stunt double under a helicopter and dunked him in a lake,” Holland said before putting his hand over his mouth and exclaiming, “this is live, isn’t it?! I’m gonna get in so much trouble now. Oh no!” Apparently, Tom was never supposed to mention the lake or that scene but it was too late at that point. 

June 2017

A couple of months later, Holland – now with a reputation for having loose lips as they say – revealed that there would be not one, but two more Spider-Man movies… neither of which had been officially confirmed yet. 

“There is still a lot of room for Peter Parker, and Spider-Man especially, to grow in the next two movies,” he told AlloCiné in response to a question about whether there’s a big storyline between the movie he was promoting and subsequent ones. 

“He’s definitely not the finished article by the end of Spider-Man: Homecoming, and I really look forward to exploring the different ways he can grow up and go through puberty, I guess. It’s going to be an exciting couple of movies.

“Yeah, there’ll be Spider-Man 2 and 3, [although] it won’t be Homecoming 2 and 3,” he continued before his interviewers pointed out that this was brand-new information to them (and everyone else). 

November 2017

Tom Holland and Instagram live are not two things that his publicist ever wants to hear in the same sentence again. Ever. Especially after one particular incident five years ago when he inadvertently revealed the new Avenger: Infinity War poster to the public… a poster he was definitely *not* meant to show anyone, let alone 63.5 million eager social media fans. Unboxing something special he had been sent by his Marvel co-star Mark Ruffalo, Holland unrolled the poster for the new movie, enthusiastically turning it around to camera, and exclaiming, “Woah! Yo, that’s dope!” 

Then reading the accompanying note from Ruffalo, Holland can be heard saying “Hi Tom, I’m so excited to be working with you on Infinity War. I thought you’d like to be the first to see the poster for the movie.” What the actor doesn’t realise is that there’s another message on the back of the same sheet of paper – this one facing the camera – that reads “confidential, do not share” in all caps. Turning the message over to see his mistake, Tom panics, curses, and then quickly ends the live stream. Comedy gold. 

April 2018

The following year, Holland was a guest on Jimmy Kimmel Live – alongside four other co-stars, I might add. He still lived up to his reputation though and told a funny story about a time he thought he was reading a fake script accidentally leaking that Spider-Man would be going into space in the process. 

Messing up while surrounded by people all of whom were presumably tasked with keeping an eye on you is kind of impressive though, so kudos to Tom for that one. 

May 2018

One month later, he and Benedict Cumberbatch surprised an audience about to see the new Marvel movie in cinemas. Holland thought that they had already seen it though and popped out saying, “I’m alive!”… thus tipping fans off that his character dies in the film. 

Stephen McFeely took responsibility for that one though, telling Yahoo Movies that he was the one who thought that they were greeting the audience after they had finished the movie and he was the one who then passed that information along to Tom. 

Coincidentally, Cumberbatch seemed to appear alongside Holland in most interviews after that. While we can’t say if this was intentional or not, the former did joke that Marvel had assigned him the mission to keep Tom in check. It definitely had the desired effect anyway… Benedict had quite the knack for intercepting Tom’s ramblings before they got into dangerous territory. 

December 2021

Most recently, Tom was stopped from spoiling yet more Spider-Man secrets by Zendaya. Asked a question about who bought Avenger’s Tower, both Jacob Batalon and Zendaya look at Tom who can be seen trying to remember if he knows… which he eventually realises that he does and Zendaya actually has to cover his mouth to stop him from revealing it on camera. 

No doubt both of his castmates had been prepped by the MCU on what to do in the event of an emergency, and safe to say, Z rose to the challenge. In fact, according to some reports, Tom, a.k.a. The Spoiler King, was even given incomplete scripts in an effort to keep him in the dark about what was really happening. Oh, the shame of it all!

On that same press tour, the trio were asked what movie “twists” they wished they didn’t know and Zendaya was quick to the bat with hers, replying that she wished she had actually gotten to enjoy Ironman. Who ruined it for her? Let’s just say the culprit’s name rhymes with Hom Tolland. 

Then in another interview for that same movie, Holland almost alerted fans to the fact that there could be more than one Spider-Man making an appearance… a secret Andrew Garfield had gone to painstaking measures to keep under wraps. Talking about one particular stunt that Zendaya’s character had to do in the movie, Tom commented, “It was really fun. Well, I wasn’t there.” Except that Spider-Man *was* there in the movie so Tom saying this was more than a little suspicious. 

His interviewer Ali Plumb didn’t call him up on it at the time but looking back on the video, you can see the exact moment Tom realises that, once again, he’s said too much. “Tom’s a really bad liar,” Garfield confirms. This we already knew, but good to get confirmation from a voice of authority on the matter.

In case all of the above examples weren’t enough to convince you, here’s a 13-minute compilation of Tom Holland being Tom Holland.

Please, never change, Tom.