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New Deepfake Transforms Tom Holland Into Emo Spider-Man

September 12th 19__Kristin Houser__Filed Under: Artificial Intelligence
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We’ve already seen convincing deepfakes of Joe Rogan as Dr. Evil, Will Smith as Neo, and Tom Cruise as Patrick Bateman.

Now, YouTuber Aldo Jones has taken it upon himself to create a deepfake of Spider-Man actor Tom Holland as, well, Spider-Man — more specifically, the 2007 “emo Spider-Man” played by Tobey Maguire in “Spider-Man 3.”

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Holland has played the role of Peter Parker and his web-slinging alter-ego in four recent Marvel Cinematic Universe films.

In the newly released deepfake, however, he fills in for Tobey Maguire’s interpretation of the character after the symbiote turns him “emo” — complete with vintage swooping bangs and black wardrobe.

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The deepfake is well done, though the swap isn’t entirely seamless — Holland’s mouth fails to match up with Maguire’s dialogue at some points, most notably during a phone call with Dr. Curtis Connors about three-and-a-half minutes into the clip.

Still, the clip is another remarkable example of the power of deepfake tech to make something not entirely “real” seem as genuine as emo Spider-Man’s love for chocolate chip cookies.

READ MORE: Spider-Man actor Tom Holland as, well, Spider-Man [CNET]

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