Every kid wants to grow up to be Spider-Man, and maybe that has something to do with the fact that you don’t have to be all the way grown-up to be Spider-Man since his great power took hold of him while he was still in high school. On screen though, Tobey Maguire was already 27 when his first Spider-Man movie was released in 2002, while Andrew Garfield was almost 30 years old by the time that The Amazing Spider-Man 2 was filming in 2013. So now, as Marvel Studios and Sony are looking to re-cast once again, producers look to be making the shrewd move to set the next film apart by casting an actual teenager for the role.
In the discussions of casting the new Spider-Man, it’s been referred to many times that people inside the casting process are looking for someone younger, but he didn’t know just how young. However, a report from Badass Digest seems to suggest that only those still actually in high school need apply to playing your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man this time around.
According to the Digest, casting agents have been looking at actors aged 16 or 17 years old, and they seem to be taking a very close look at one in particular. His name is Mateus Ward, and he’s been a working child actor since 2010. His most recent roles have included the feature Lonely Boy, and the CBS miniseries Hostages, he will also appear in the upcoming second season of Murder in the First. Digest’s source says that producers recently had Ward audition off-site at a house, thus to better keep it secret I suppose. Very mysterious, and thus very telling if you think that Ward might be the frontrunner.
All things considered, going for someone who’s 16 seems about right if Marvel is really and truly committed on having a Spider-Man for the long haul before Peter Parker needs hair plugs. Ward, if he is the one (so to speak), will be ready for college by the time the next untitled Spider-Man is ready to come out in the summer of 2017, and with a scheduled sequel possibly every three years it means that he’ll have barely graduated from grad school by the time the trilogy’s though. Maybe they can even squeeze a part four out of him before his first grey hairs.
No matter who’s cast to play Spider-Man, it’s a decision that will have to be made soon because Spidey’s first Marvel Cinematic Universe in Captain America: Civil War will start shooting in a couple of weeks.
We’ll have more news as it develops.