Tom Holland got the loudest screams at D23 so he must be Marvel's biggest star now
It was actually ... kind of scary.
To celebrate the event, MCU mastermind Kevin Feige began introducing the cast, and brought out just about everyone. One by one they came: Thanos (Josh Brolin), Dave Bautista (Drax), Paul Bettany (Vision), Elizabeth Olsen (Scarlet Witch) … pretty much the whole crew except Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and Captain America (Chris Evans).
Benedict Cumberbatch showed, and got a pretty loud roar, no surprise there.
Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan) came toward the end, and holy air horns, Batman! Who knew people like ol’ Bucky that much? It was some serious skull-splitting stuff, easily the biggest scream of the weekend …
… until Spider-Man arrived.
Now, I realize that Tom Holland just opened Spider-Man: Homecoming, he’s the shiny new object in the MCU. People want to give him a warm welcome.
But I am telling you folks, this was not your average whoop of celebrity exultation. This was Beatlemania.
My colleagues and I ducked down and covered our ears until it was over (and it wasn’t over soon enough). It was the sound of thousands of people, most of them with youthful, high-pitched voices, utterly losing control. Not just screaming. Losing. Control.
Ladies and gentlemen, Ton Holland, the 21-year-old song-and-dance-man from Kinston upon Thames, U.K., all 5-foot-8 of him, is the most popular actor that Marvel has at the moment. My newly inflamed tinnitus and I are living, ringing proof.