Tom Holland rose to mega-stardom by portraying Spider-Man in the Marvel Cinematic Universe movies. Holland made his debut with the film, The Impossible (2012), for which he received a London Film Critics Circle Award for Young British Performer of the Year. Due to his worldwide famous role as the Marvel superhero, a lot of his other movies go unnoticed and as a result, go underappreciated.
Holland has a diverse range of roles, from highly praised box office smashes to more indie and niche projects, thanks to his early start. While there is considerable debate about the critical reaction of some of his films, there are some fans who adore them.
Here are the top 5 Tom Holland’s cinematic ventures outside MCU.
Release Date: October 11, 2012
Where to watch: Netflix
This was Tom Holland’s debut live-action picture, directed by J.A Bayona. The 2012 disaster drama follows a family whose lives were torn apart by a tsunami as they attempted to reunite. The film is based on the true story of the Belón family, who found themselves caught in the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami while on vacation in Thailand. The film received a great reaction from moviegoers.
Holland was only 14 at the time the movie was made. Even for adults, the emotional range required for this role is difficult to comprehend, let alone for a young teen. Onscreen, Holland spends the majority of his time with Watts, resulting in a strong performance. Starting from the audience to critics he left everyone speechless with his performance and proved his potential.
Release Date: August 2, 2017
Where to watch: Hulu Plus
The 2017 action film stars Tom Holland, Jon Bernthal, and Richard Armitage and is set in medieval Ireland. The independent film follows a group of monks on their trek to deliver a holey relic and rapidly encounters peril, earned mixed reviews and acclaim.
The Devil All The Time
Release Date: September 11, 2020
Where to watch: Netflix
Studded with an impressive cast, Tom Hollan, leads the 2020 psychological thriller, The Devil All The Time. It is based on the novel of the same name that follows the characters of dark and evil nature in a backwoods town.
Holland plays Arvin Russell, a young guy facing his own inner demons as well as the crimes of a local preacher, played by Robert Pattinson with venom. Shortly after the film premiered on Netflix, the MCU star’s name began trending on Twitter, with many fans complimenting his surprising performance.
Release Date: February 26, 2021
Where to watch: Apple TV
Directed by Marvel brother duo Anthony and Joe Russo, this 2021 crime drama portrayed a very different of Holland from his general Spider-Man image that the audience holds. Many fans believe that watching Holland in a sudden dark role as opposed to his positive persona in real life and MCU movies, where the character is dealing with issues like PTSD is the reason why the film wasn’t well-received. But never this, he yet again proves his range as an actor and is the reason why one should definitely give it a watch.
Spies In Disguise
Release Date: December 25, 2019
Where to watch: Disney+
The final movie in this list is a little different from all the movies above. Spies In Disguise is a 2019 spy comedy starring Tom Holland as the voice actor for the protagonist, a genius kid who aims to prove how great yet ignored pigeons are in society and in the process to do so accidentally turns Will Smith’s character into a pigeon.
The movie is a light-hearted comedy about the process of turning the character back to human which was not only enjoyed by kids but their parents as well.