Tom Holland‘s charismatic performance as Peter Parker in the delightful summer blockbuster Spider-Man: Homecoming is a star-making turn for the 21-year-old actor.

After an exhaustive, highly publicized casting search, the young Brit landed the coveted role in 2015 — and it’s been a Marvel-sponsored whirlwind since then. For a lifelong Spidey fan like Holland, getting the chance to play the webslinger on the big screen, and in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, was obviously a dream come true. But that doesn’t mean there weren’t any initial growing pains.

Case in point: The first time Holland put on his Spidey suit ahead of his big debut in Captain America: Civil War, it was a total disappointment. To be fair, it’s not that the moment itself wasn’t cool but rather that the actual suit didn’t fit properly. “The first time I tried on the Spider-Man suit was very disappointing,” Holland told MTV News at a New York press day for the film. “Because it was just way too big for me.”

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“They didn’t have time to make me my own Spider-Man costume, so I had to wear my stunt double’s one on Civil War,” he explained. “When I tried it on, it was like wearing a really old, saggy, baggy Spider-Man costume.”

Needless to say, it wasn’t the superhero moment Holland was hoping for, but the disappointment didn’t last long. When Holland arrived on set to film Homecoming, his very own Spidey suit was waiting for him — and this one had over 500 possible fictional web combinations and its own A.I. system (a.k.a. Suit Lady). According to Holland, the new suit also inspired some much-needed superhero bravado.

“As soon as you put the Spider-Man costume on, you genuinely feel like Spider-Man, and the hardest thing is that you’re not Spider-Man.”

We feel ya, kid.



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