As you may have noticed, superhero movies are very, very, very popular. With each new film there comes a high degree of excitement and anticipation, and also a period in which the studio works to find the right person the play the eponymous hero. With lesser-known properties like Guardians of the Galaxy, there’s less passion with regards to what kind of actor fans think is the perfect fit for a character like Star-Lord. But with something like Spider-Man, everyone’s got an opinion.
You’re no doubt aware that Sony Pictures and Marvel Studios came to an agreement recently that will see the two teaming up on a new Spider-Man film set for release in 2017, but the new iteration of the character will first be introduced in Marvel’s Captain America: Civil War. The casting of this new Spider-Man is paramount, as not only will he be leading his own franchise at Sony, but he’ll be a part of the immensely successful Marvel Cinematic Universe, so both parties obviously want to make sure they find the right actor.
We learned yesterday that Sony, who has final say over the casting of the character, is aiming to cast an actor who is younger than the 31-year-old Andrew Garfield (who was 28 when he first signed on for The Amazing Spider-Man). They are also planning on taking the character back to high school in the new Spidey films, so we have a bit of a narrower focus when it comes to considering candidates to play Spider-Man.
The most important thing to remember at this time is that we do not know anything about this Spider-Man. We have absolutely no idea what kind of Spider-Man this is, let alone whether it’s Peter Parker, Miles Morales, or a different iteration of the superhero altogether. As such, we can’t definitely say “oh such-and-such is completely wrong for the character.” Some may fit better than others with our preconceived notions as to who Spider-Man is, but keeping an open mind is key.
With that being said, I’ve put together a list of 7 actors that I think deserve consideration for the role. They are all in the rough age range to play a high school Spider-Man, but again, Garfield was 28 when he pulled off teenage Peter Parker, so age is flexible.
As last night’s report revealed that Logan Lerman (Fury) and Dylan O’Brien (The Maze Runner) are names that have already popped up as being under consideration, I’ve left them off of this list (I would’ve included Lerman, by the way). And in the planning stages for this feature, there was considerable supporting amongst the Collider staff for Jack O’Connell (Unbroken) and Taron Egerton (Kingsman: The Secret Service), so consider them “honorable mentions”.
You’ll notice from this list that I’ve singled out actors of a variety of ethnicities. I’m going to say up front that I don’t think only a white actor can play Peter Parker, and there’s always the possibility that Marvel and Sony opt to use Miles Morales instead, a Spider-Man in the comics who is from African-American and Hispanic descent. So I’m not separating these candidates between those who could play Parker and those who could play Morales—all are worthy of filling the suit regardless. I think a color blind casting of Parker or whomever this next Spidey is would be refreshing and, in tandem with The Fantastic Four, the beginning of a hopeful new trend.
Without further ado…