Tom Holland’s Spider-Man Prep Includes Shock Therapy

In order to play a superhero in a movie, you have to pretty much become one in real life. After all, there’s only so much you can fake with stunts, makeup, and CGI. Tom Holland is learning this the hard way, as he is currently deep in the process of training for next year’s Spider-Man shoot. In a recent conversation with, he made it clear that Marvel wants him to avoid doing his own stunts, but the company has no problem subjecting him to other forms of draining physical activity.


It’s not clear how active Marvel is in determining the specifics of Holland’s training regimen, but the actor’s recent comments suggest that he may be getting carried away. “I went to this gym yesterday where they strap electric belts on you and you do exercise whilst being electrocuted,” he said nonchalantly. “It’s a really strange experience. It’s like a dull tingling, but I’m definitely feeling it today.”

A longtime Spider-Man fan, Holland says he’s been preparing for this role his entire life. Still, we’re guessing electrocution is a relatively new part of the process. Less attention-grabbing—if no less eccentric—is the unlikely setting for many of his workouts: a bouncy castle. “I’ve just been given this new gymnastics mat called an AirTrack, which basically you just plug in and it blows up and it’s a huge bouncy castle that you can bounce around in in your garden.”


We all knew Marvel was moving in a younger direction with the Spider-Man reboot, but this is ridiculous. Unusual training methods aside, Holland seems to believe he’s in good hands—and if he ever changes his mind, they can always increase the voltage.