As announced in the news recently, Spider-Man will now be in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Regardless of how other writers at Third Act Film feel about this, it is going to happen.
What we know is that Spider-Man will feature in one MCU title before his rebooted debut (bye-bye Andrew Garfield) in a standalone Spider-Man film in 2017. The only films that haven’t already finished filming and are currently scheduled are Captain America: Civil War, Doctor Strange and Guardians of the Galaxy 2. The smart money is on him appearing in Captain America 3, so any actor must be available for a cameo in one film, and then be fully on-board to star in the 2017 standalone.
The other bit of information is that he will be a high school-er again and aged 19. So the actor has to look like he has just left high school. They are also going with the Peter Parker incarnation of Spider-Man and not the Miles Morales version. Caucasians only please!
We also know that Marvel definitely have bigger plans for the web-slinger, and will want the actor to agree to a momentous multi-film deal.
Let’s take a look at some of our suggestions for who should play Spider-Man.
Anton Yelchin (25)
Known from: Star Trek, Terminator Salvation
Anton has successfully worked inside a franchise, but whether he is strong enough to lead a franchise is debatable. However, he has already got Star Trek under his belt, and could easily get other roles.
Nick Robinson (19)
Known from: The Kings of Summer, Jurassic World
This guy isn’t that known at the moment. He produced a supposedly superb performance in The Kings of Summer, but he is still quite young with little experience. I get the impression this actor would definitely sign on for a 9+ movie contract.
Asa Butterfield (17)
Known from: Ender’s Game, Hugo
The picture above is the most adult picture I could find and Asa still looks like he’s going to prom. He is a good actor and gave a decent performance in Ender’s Game, where he proved he can lead a film. A strong pick in my eyes, the only issue being just how young he looks.
Thomas Brodie-Sangster (24)
Known from: Game of Thrones, The Maze Runner
This guy has been acting for years, and has landed himself some decent roles. But would he have the time to fit in another franchise between Game of Thrones and The Maze Runner?
Grant Gustin (25)
Known from: Glee, The Flash
This would be highly controversial as Grant is now The Flash in the CW show. Marvel stealing a DC actor would definitely make for some good headlines. Grant’s role as The Flash is pretty much DC’s version of spider-man. A young guy gets superpowers, attempts to save his city, and is in love with someone who doesn’t feel the same way. The list of comparisons are endless.
Dylan O’Brien (23)
Known from: The Maze Runner, Teen Wolf
If you follow other movie sites (how dare you!) Dylan looks like the favourite along with our next suggestion. My only issue is that he was quite dull in The Maze Runner, and I couldn’t imagine him effectively delivering great one-liners in a comedic fashion.
Logan Lerman (23)
Known from: Fury, The Perks of Being a Wallflower
The other favourite is Logan. He’s already headed a franchise in Percy Jackson, and is moving into more mature roles like in Fury. According to his IMDB page, he has only one other project that comes out in 2016, so he has the time, and would make a great fit in my eyes.
Ansel Elgort (20)
Known from: The Fault in our Stars, Divergent
The advantage Ansel has other the other candidates is that he can do the “I’m a nerd and no one loves me!” side of spider-man, and the cocky-confident side. He gave a decent performance in The Fault in our Stars, but a forgettable one in Divergent.
Josh Hutcherson (22)
Known from: The Hunger Games
The Hungers Games has come to an end, and Josh has already filmed the last film. However, would he be willing to jump straight into another franchise?
Taron Egerton (25)
Known from: Kingsman: The Secret Service
After giving a surprisingly good performance in a surprisingly fun film, Kingsman: The Secret Service, Taron may be a good choice. Having said that, after seeing Kingsman I don’t feel like Disney and Marvel would want to have the same actor who played that character play a children’s role-model.
Who do you think should be next to play Spider-Man?
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