By Thatiana Diaz
July 06, 2017 07:00 PM

Spider-Man: Homecoming has been receiving glowing reviews from critics in anticipation of it’s release in theaters this Friday, with some even calling it “one of the best superhero movies in years.” This third big screen depiction of the crime-fighting hero, from Sony Pictures and Marvel Studios, revives the story of Peter Parker with a fresh and funny take that works for all audiences. And it’s not just the humor or Avengers plotline that makes this reboot unique, but the diversity, which hasn’t been seen in the world of Spider-Man until now.

Laura Harrier, Zendaya, Selenis Leyva, Donald Glover, Garcelle Beauvais, Jacon Batalon, and Tony Revolori are just some of the actors who form part of the standout diversified cast.

Credit: Sony Pictures
Credit: Sony Pictures
Credit: Sony Pictures

And how does Spider-Man himself, Tom Holland, feel about this inclusion? “It’s an honor. Jon [Watts] is sort of breaking the rules and doing what he should be doing and what the rest of the industry should be doing,” the actor told Chica about the film’s director. “He cast this movie based on who was best for the role rather than where they’re from or what they look like.”

FROM PEN: The Marvel Cinematic Universe Explained by Shirley Li’s Nerd Map

The 21-year-old English actor feels that this is a step forward in Hollywood and added that to this sentiment by saying, “I think the fact that he did that really paves the way for future movies.”

Co-stars Zendaya, Harrier and Batalon—who all represent ethnic-minority groups—also chimed in on the subject of diversity telling Chica that “that’s the way it should be” and exclaimed, “it’s about time!”

Be sure to catch Spider-Man: Homecoming, swinging to theaters Friday, July 7!