Tom Holland has found his place in the Marvel Cinematic Universe as Spider-Man. Holland has already played the iconic superhero in various standalone films as well as in Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame. Before Tom Holland was cast, Asa Butterfield was another major contender who was considered a frontrunner to play Spider-Man. Asa Butterfield is best known for his role in Netflix's hit show Sex Education. Now in a recent interview with Collider Asa has opened up about missing out the opportunity of portraying Spider-Man.
Asa said, "Every so often there’s a part [that you really want] and it’s a script you love, and you kind of put your heart and soul into it, and you don’t get it. And it is tough and it is sh*t, but I often find that something even better comes out of it at the end. And so in the case of Spider-Man, I did Sex Ed, because I wouldn’t have been able to do both of those at the same time.”
"I think as an actor and going out for roles, there’s only so much you can do and everyone’s gonna have a different take on a part and look at a character in different ways, have a different sort of performance, and you kind of have to stick with what you think,” he added.
Asa also praised Tom Holland for his portrayal of the friendly neighborhood Spider-Man. He said, "Tom did amazing things with Peter and he had an entirely different portrayal of him and I think it’s worked so well in the universe and in that part, and I don’t think I could do it. So I think all things work out in the end."