New SPIDER-MAN Movies Going Back to High School; First Spidey Contenders Emerge

     February 10, 2015

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Are you tired of Spider-Man stories yet? I sure hope not. A flurry of news has been breaking since Sony Pictures and Marvel Studios announced last night that they had come to an agreement on sharing the character of Spider-Man, with the new iteration’s first appearance to occur in an upcoming Marvel film before getting his own movie co-produced by Marvel’s Kevin Feige. Further details about the particulars of the deal emerged today, including the fact that Sony (who has final say over casting) is looking to fill the starring role with an actor younger than the 31-year-old Andrew Garfield from the previous two movies.

spider-man-andrew-garfieldNow Variety claims to have even more details on the plans for this new Spider-Man film, as the outlet reports that the current idea is to put the character back in high school for the next films. Sony hopes to spend more time in the high school setting than the previous Spider-Man movies and “explore his awkward relationship with other students while fighting crime out of the classroom.” Sam Raimi’s 2002 film briefly touched on Peter Parker’s high school life before moving the character to college after the first act, but the subsequent reboot The Amazing Spider-Man spent more time at Midtown High (complete with a Lizard attack sequence), with the character graduating in last year’s sequel.

Ah yes, and Variety is also the first to start reporting names in contention to fill the role, adding that Logan Lerman (Fury) and Dylan O’Brien (The Maze Runner) have been mentioned as being under consideration. But Sony has yet to approach anyone about the role, and the studio wants to find a new director to take the helm of the 2017 film before hiring an actor. Moreover, they haven’t yet decided whether this new Spider-Man will be Peter Parker or another iteration of the superhero, like Miles Morales. Feige is no doubt involved in the casting as well, as he will be handling the introduction of the character in Captain America: Civil War (confirmed by Variety in this report as well).

Now while this is all quite a bit of information to process for a development that only took place yesterday, it’s important to note that the film business is fluid. Sony and Marvel’s plans for the webslinger could change significantly before this new Spider-Man movie hits theaters, so don’t take any of this information as concrete just yet. But the studios will be moving quickly on the pic since Civil War starts production this spring. And as for casting, look for a feature on Collider tomorrow with some actors we think deserve to be under consideration for the role.

For more on the Sony/Marvel deal, peruse the links below:

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