By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily
Cheyenne boy Bridger Walker got the opportunity of a lifetime earlier this year when he visited the set of the latest Marvel film, “Spider-Man: No Way Home.”
Over the weekend, Bridger’s father, Robert Walker, posted a series of photos and short videos on Instagram detailing the boy’s visit to the set to meet stars Tom Holland, who plays the titular character and his alter ego Peter Parker, and Zendaya, who plays MJ.
“When we first arrived on set, I was a little apprehensive that once the ‘curtain was pulled back’ that the magic of the movies would be lost for the kids,” Robert Walker wrote on Instagram. “The opposite was true! Tom, Zendaya…and the entire cast/crew made our kids feel like stars. They don’t just act the part of friendly neighborhood heroes – that’s what they truly are.”
Holland promised Bridger the chance to visit the “Spider-Man” set last year after he gained notoriety for saving his little sister from an attacking dog.
Bridger, who was 6 at the time, stood between his little sister and a charging dog last July. He was bitten “several times” on the face and head, but managed to grab his sister’s hand and run away with her to keep her safe.
Robert Walker said that the look on his children’s faces was priceless when they got to the set and saw Holland in his full Spider-Man costume, “high above the set on a light post.”
“It was emotional to see him waive [sic] at the kids like he was the one that was supposed to be excited – not the other way around,” he wrote.
Robert Walker said Holland and Zendaya were both gracious and kind to the children, and pointed out that Zendaya complimented his teenage daughter on her nails.
“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,” he said.
The family was escorted around the set during the day by Harry Holland, Tom Holland’s younger brother, and Robert Walker complimented both young men on how humble they were.
“While there are so many reasons [‘No Way Home’] will go down as one of the best ever – I personally think it is because the cast and crew are good, kind, and passionate people,” Robert Walker said. “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.”
During the day on set, Holland did a web-swing with the boy and taught him how to properly pose as Spider-Man.
The film was released last week and has grossed more than $240 million so far.