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Spider-Man has always been my favorite comic book character, so you can imagine how excited I was when I first heard word that he would officially be apart of the Marvel movie universe. This post will be a mix of old and new news regarding the casting of the next Spider-Man.
For those of you unaware of why they are recasting Spider-Man so quickly after two mediocre Andrew Garfield films I’ll try to catch you up. Sony has held exclusive rights to make Spider-Man motion pictures since the first Tobey McGuire offering back in 2002. After a much publicized creative disagreement between director Sam Raimi and the studio heads, Sony opted to reboot the franchise and has since dished out two Marc Webb-helmed features to diminishing returns. When Sony’s e-mails were hacked a few months ago it was revealed that there had been discussions between Marvel and Sony regarding “sharing” of the character. Then officially on February 9, Marvel announced that “Sony Pictures Entertainment brings Marvel Studios into the amazing world of Spider-Man.” The Marvel press release disclosed more details about how Spider-Man will be appearing in future installments.
“Under the deal, the new Spider-Man will first appear in a Marvel film from Marvel’s Cinematic Universe (MCU). Sony Pictures will thereafter release the next installment of its $4 billion Spider-Man franchise, on July 28, 2017, in a film that will be co-produced by Kevin Feige and his expert team at Marvel and Amy Pascal, who oversaw the franchise launch for the studio 13 years ago. Together, they will collaborate on a new creative direction for the web slinger. Sony Pictures will continue to finance, distribute, own and have final creative control of the Spider-Man films. Marvel and Sony Pictures are also exploring opportunities to integrate characters from the MCU into future Spider-Man films.”
Earlier this month rumors started flying that Drew Goddard (Cabin in the Woods), who was originally pegged to write and direct the Sinister Six for Sony, will be the director for the stand alone Spidey flick. Other random tidbits that have been floating around the internet the past month include that the web slingler will first appear in Captain America: Civil War, that the title of his stand alone movie will be Spectacular Spider-Man and that the rumored plot will see an established (ie not another origin story) high school aged Spider-Man taking on Iron Man as a part of “auditioning” for Avengers.
Screen Rant reported that “The ‘fight’ between Iron Man and Spider-Man seems positioned as more of a test for Stark recruiting new Avengers (remember, this is after Civil War), and while the report indicates that this dynamic will be a big part of the first Spectacular Spider-Man, the main story will involve the Sinister Six villains coming together and Spider-Man taking them on.”
Now that we’re all caught up to speed, the latest rumors revolve around the actor to play Spider-Man. IGN reported a few weeks ago that Dylan O’Brien (The Maze Runner) and Logan Lerman (Fury) are the current front runners for the role. That satisfies the desires of the studio to find a younger, high school aged, Peter Parker where he will “spend more time in the setting and explore his awkward relationship with other students while fighting crime out of the classroom.” Another name that has been thrown around connected to the role has been Donald Glover (Community). Yes, Donald Glover is not white and many are speculating that since there have already been two iterations of Peter Parker on film that Marvel may instead choose to use the Miles Morales version of Spider-Man from the Ultimate line of the character. That version is half-black and half-hispanic. Those speculations are strengthened further by the latest report from The Wrap’s Jeff Sneider:
“This is not set in stone guys, but I’m telling you right now: Spider-Man is not going to be white. Spider-Man is not going to be white. I am 95% sure. Spider-Man is going to be most likely black. But there is a chance he could also be Latino. 95% sure not white. I don’t think it’s going to be Peter Parker. Sony has an opportunity to beat Marvel and DC to the punch with sort of a major black comic book character. Like I said last week, the e-mails that leaked were perceived to be racist in some quarters. I really think that is going to play into things.”
Is he right? Does this mean no Peter Parker in the Marvel cinematic universe or simply that Peter will be changed slightly from how he appears in the comics? Who do you want to see donning the iconic mask? Thanks for reading.