Tom Holland may play a big-time superhero, but it seems his co-star Zendaya is doing all the heavy lifting. Though Holland is the superhero in the Spider-Man films, he stands several inches shorter than his girlfriend, MJ herself.
During an appearance on The Graham Norton Show on Friday, the Spider-Man: No Way Home stars told a hilarious story about how the inches between their height difference created some issues while filming stunts for the upcoming film.
“There’s a particular stunt where Spider-Man swings us on top of a bridge and he places me there,” Zendaya, 25, said. Holland, who she is dating, is supposed to “gently” rest her on the bridge before walking away. “Because of our height difference we were attached, so I would land before him,” the actress, who is two inches taller than Holland, explained. “My feet obviously hit the ground before he does.”
“So, what would happen?” she prompted Holland, who then said the pair were utilizing a safety procedure called a “bottom mark” for the scene. “The ‘bottom mark’ is a thing that they do in stunts. That is basically designed to stop you from shattering your kneecaps.
Holland then lamented: “I’m the superhero. I’m supposed to look cool.”
The couple attempted to demonstrate their stunt landing, with Zendaya holding up one of Holland’s legs as he wrapped his arms around her shoulders for support. The end result, as the two kindly demonstrated on the show, makes Zendaya look more like a superhero than Tom, keeping her leg up as the two land.
Fun stunts aside, No Way Home hits theaters on December 17. It is Zendaya and Holland’s third Spider-Man movie together. As more movies return to theaters, which have continued facing challenges during the Covid-19 pandemic, hype around such a popular superhero movie could help cineplexes end the year on a high note.