The Spider-Man film franchise has been wrought with hits and misses over the years, but one thing each of the films got right is chemistry. Spider-Man: Homecoming is no different. Yesterday, a source told People that the film’s stars, Tom Holland, 21, and Zendaya, 20, are an item.
“They started seeing each other while they were filming Spider-Man,” a never-to-be-trusted “source” told the rag. “They’ve been super careful to keep it private and out of the public eye but they’ve gone on vacations with each other and try and spend as much time as possible with one another.”
Not soon after the news was published, Zendaya swiftly refuted the rumor. She tweeted: "Wait wait…my favorite is when it says we go on vacations together — HA! I haven’t been on a vacation in years!”
Holland quickly jumped in on the action, asking, "Does the press tour count?”
Of course, this isn’t the first or last time a tabloid will speculate about a non-relationship, but that’s not to say these two aren’t dating. Movies take a long time to film, so it makes perfect sense that long hours on set could influence brief or everlasting love between two beautiful people.
If anything, the two should fuel the rumour to sell tickets (not that it’s needed, the film made $117 million in its opening weekend). Such publicized chemistry worked for the Twilight saga, didn’t it?
Once rumours started swirling that its stars Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart were dating, tabloids couldn’t get enough, thereby prompting publicity. Similar formulas applied to Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams in The Notebook, Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan Tatum in Step Up, Reese Witherspoon and Ryan Phillippe in Cruel Intentions, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie in Mr. and Mrs. Smith and–you get the idea.
An insider for People–a different one this time–adds, “They’re both really ambitious and they challenge each other — but, most importantly, they make each other crack up. They seem to have a really similar sense of humor and love joking around together. They have great banter back and forth.”
While the two actors may laugh the accusations off, it doesn’t seem far out of left field. Holland, who’s being celebrated as “the best Spiderman yet,” can’t seem to contain his fondness for his exotic co-star.
“We are like the best of friends. She’s so great and amazing,” he told the press. “I’m a little worried [about dealing with fame … but] Zendaya is super famous and she’s been through this and I just call her up and say, ‘How do I manage being famous?’ I’m very glad I have a friend like her.”
Social media has taken notice as well.
get you a man who looks at you the way tom looks at zendaya pic.twitter.com/LcBretHO9c— z saw hoco (@tomsmarvel) July 11, 2017
i don’t care if its not confirmed that tom and zendaya are dating yetm let me dream for now damn it pic.twitter.com/7RdfK1n9vz— anyssa (@IovedIipa) July 13, 2017
This isn’t the first time Spider-Man has fallen in love with a scripted love interest off-screen. In 2002, Kirsten Dunst and Tobey Maguire made things official shooting 2002’s Spider-Man but split before filming Spider-Man 3 in 2007. In 2012, Emma Stone and Andrew Garfield began dating after filming 2012’s The Amazing Spider-Man before splitting in 2015. Hopefully for these two, the third time’s the charm. If they’re even dating, that is.