Tom Holland and Zendaya, the on-screen couple playing Spider-Man and MJ in Disney’s latest superhero film, paid a visit to Wyoming’s Bridger Walker, a 7-year-old boy who saved his younger sister from a dog attack.
The adorable Marvel fan, who loves to dress up as Thor and Captain America, received messages after going viral for his bravery from superhero actors Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, and Brie Larson, before Tom Holland promised young Bridger Walker that he could spend a day on the set of Spider–Man: No Way Home with his family.
“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,” said Robert Walker, the boy’s father. “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.”
The family flew from Cheyenne, Wyo. to Queens, NY to see the web-slinger in action, guided around set by Tom Holland’s younger brother, Harry Holland.
After flying Bridger Walker around in a harness, swinging like Spider-Man, Tom Holland gifted the boy his own, cute Spider-Man mask and showed him how to land the iconic Spider-Man pose.
“Bend this leg, really bend it,” Tom Holland can be heard saying in a YouTube video shared by the Walker family. “I can’t tell you guys apart,” Zendaya joked.
Bridger’s dad said that he was a bit apprehensive about his kids seeing their costumed heroes behind-the-scenes and wondered if they might have been disappointed to have the movie magic uncovered. Despite his worries, his two children had an amazing time, and were left completely starstruck.
“Zendaya immediately approached my teenage daughter and told her how much she loved her nails,” Bridger Walker’s father wrote on Instagram. “I don’t know if she will ever know how much that simple act means to me — to see my sweet daughter light up with self-confidence and joy.”
Bridger had to receive 90 stitches to his face after saving his younger sister from a dog attack, and has undergone many surgeries to reduce the size and prominence of his face scar.
“Bridger views his scar as something to be proud of, but he also doesn’t see it as being representative of his brave act,” his father told People back in July. “He just perceives it as, ‘I was a brother and that’s what brothers do.’ It’s a reminder that his sister didn’t get hurt, and that she is okay.”
“It almost bothers him sometimes when he’s called a hero, because he [thinks], ‘Maybe I could have done more to shield her,'” his father continued.
Some doctors even performed surgeries pro bono after hearing about Bridger’s brave story. Some generous surgeons, like New York dermatologist Dr. Dhaval Bhanusali, flew him out from Wyoming to help treat Bridger Walker for free.
“Tom and Zendaya are not only amazing actors, but truly incredible people,” Robert Walker wrote on YouTube. “They treated our children with gentleness and grace… despite the busy shooting schedule.”
“The entire cast/crew made our kids feel like stars,” he continued. “Individuals who heard about a little boy’s injury, who wanted to make it right. People who were willing to stop a very busy day of shooting to make my little boy smile and give him a chance to ‘web-swing’ with his hero.”
Spider-Man: No Way Home outpaced box office estimates opening weekend to become the second-highest domestic opening of all time, according to CNBC.
Taking in $260 million, the film surpassed Avengers: Infinity War but stopped short of Avengers: Endgame’s record-setting $357 million. Either way, the web-head completed a top three for Marvel superhero films, and easy swung to become the highest-selling film of 2021.