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Things We Saw Today: Robert Downey Jr. Is Tom Holland’s Real-Life Mentor and I’m Not Crying You Are

Michael Keaton, Tom Holland, and Robert Downey Jr.

Robert Downey Jr. may no longer be playing Tony Stark, but that doesn’t mean his relationship with the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s Spider-Man/Tom Holland is over. In fact, the two are planning on working together again in The Voyage of Doctor Dolittle, and honestly? I can’t wait.

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What’s exciting though (and the source of my tears today) is that apparently Robert Downey Jr. and Tom Holland both give each other advice. Cute, right?

“Yeah, it’s lovely. It’s a lovely dynamic and the dynamic [with Robert Downey Jr.] is also the same off screen. I mean, we’ve become really close. We’ve become great friends and I ask him for advice and vice versa sometimes. And it’s just become a really lovely relationship for me to have in the industry. Because, you know, as a young actor coming up in this world it can be very scary and it can be daunting. You can get bullied around. And it’s nice to have someone who’s got my back and who will give me some sound advice.”

Now, personally, I’ve love to text Robert Downey Jr. about all my questions and concerns, but it’s extremely cute that he’s helping Tom Holland navigate the world of fame he’s found himself in. So, excuse me while I go and cry in a corner and hug my Spider-Man and Iron Man dolls.

Here are some other stories:

  • Paul Rudd is making his way to fight ghosts … you know, meaning he’s going to be in the new Ghostbusters movie. (via EW)
  • Tom Hiddleston opened up about his life before and after Loki. (via The Hollywood Reporter)

  • A fertility doctor used his own sperm to impregnate his patients. Yeah, you read that right. (via Jezebel)
  • Sorry everyone, but Tom Holland isn’t a Star Wars guy. (via

Anything we missed out there today, Mary Suevians? Let us know in the comments below!

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Rachel Leishman
Rachel Leishman (She/Her) is an Assistant Editor at the Mary Sue. She's been a writer professionally since 2016 but was always obsessed with movies and television and writing about them growing up. A lover of Spider-Man and Wanda Maximoff's biggest defender, she has interests in all things nerdy and a cat named Benjamin Wyatt the cat. If you want to talk classic rock music or all things Harrison Ford, she's your girl but her interests span far and wide. Yes, she knows she looks like Florence Pugh.

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