Heroes come in all shapes and sizes, and Spider-Man himself recently gave a nod to a real-life hero. In July 2021, a kid named Bridger Walker saved his younger sister from a German Shepherd who charged at her. He made headlines all around the world when he put himself between the dog and his sibling. Spider-Man star Tom Holland surprised the brother on the set of No Way Home.
Bridger’s dad Robert Walker posted on Instagram on the weekend his son and the family visited the set of Spider-Man: No Way Home. It came after they were invited by Spider-Man himself, Tom Holland, last year when the actor learned of Bridger’s heroism.
Over the years, alongside his father and older brother, Bridger has trained in Brazilian Jiu jitsu. By being one of the youngest and smallest in the class, he has always been up against larger and more experienced opponents.
“When we first arrived on set, I was a little apprehensive that once the ‘curtain was pulled back’ that the magic of the movies would be lost for the kids. The opposite was true,” Mr. Walker wrote. Bridger met Holland along with his co-stars in the film, including Zendaya, who “made our kids feel like stars”, Mr. Walker wrote. He also got to “web-sling” with Spidey himself.
“They don’t just act the part of friendly neighbourhood heroes – that’s what they truly are, The look on the kids’ faces was priceless when we rounded the blue-screen to see Tom, in full costume, high above the set on a light post. It was emotional to see him wave at the kids like he was the one that was supposed to be excited – not the other way around.”
When it came time for Walker to finally meet Holland in full costume, the web-head took his younger disciple on a live aerial swing across the film set. Tom also showed the little hero tricks behind sticking Spidey’s iconic, three-point pose. Months prior to the set visit, Holland’s call to Bridger while the boy was recovering from his 90-stitch injuries had left him “the most star struck.”
It was such a nice gesture from the Spider-Man cast and the stars in general. Having him on the set and showing him around would absolutely make him feel special and appreciated. This is exactly the kind of wholesomeness we need in this world.