The agreement between Sony Pictures and Marvel Studios got fans excited about the fact that Spider-Man will finally be able to take his rightful place next to Captain America, Iron Man and the rest of the Avengers inside the Marvel Cinematic Universe continuity. But with great franchise consolidation comes great new casting possibilities, and if you’re a white male teenager than you’re number might be coming up to take on the role of the Spectacular Spider-Man (the rumored title of the next solo film). Specifically, it seems that the great, wide potential casting list has been widdled down to five, and if you’re wondering what the next iteration of Spider-Man might look like under the mask, then prepare to look into the faces of the candidates who might next embody the film identity of Peter Parker.
According to TheWrap , you’re next friendly neighborhood Spider-Man will be one of these five young men:
Name: Asa Butterfield
Best Known For: Playing the title roles in Hugo and Ender’s Game
The Odds: He’s definitely proven himself a talented young actor, and he’s the most well-known name in the field, but at 18 he maybe a bit too old for Marvel who’s reportedly looking for someone 14/15 years old so they can play Peter Parker for the long haul. The other thing holding him back, and this maybe be personal, but he played the young Mordred in the BBC’s Merlin, and he was super creepy in excess. I don’t think Peter Parker should creep me out.
Name: Timothée Chalamet
Best Known For: Playing Matthew McConaughey‘s son in Interstellar; he was also one of the children in Men, Women and Children.
The Odds: He’d definitely putting together a great acting resume, and has already worked with a couple of the best directors in the business in form of Christopher Nolan and Jason Reitman, but if 18 is too old for Spider-Man than 20 will definitely be too old for this Spider-Man.
Name: Tom Holland
Best Known For: The dramas The Impossible, How I Live Now, and Locke
The Odds: He once played Billy Elliot in the stage musical version of the 2000 movie, so he may have the right physicality for the part. However, is Marvel and Sony going to want to hire another British Spider-Man?
Name: Liam James
Best Known For: The Way, Way Back, 2012, The Killing and Aliens Vs. Predator: Requiem
The Odds: The Way, Way Back was critically acclaimed when it was released in the summer of 2013, it’s bitter-sweet tale of teenage angst and the struggling to fit was a hit with the art house crowd. One might even consider his part in Way Back as training for taking on the role of the much put-upon Peter Parker, and having faced off against the end of the world (2012) and alien monsters (AvP:R) he’s even more better situated to become a part of the MCU.
Name: Natt Wolff
Best Known For: The Fault in Our Stars, Palo Alto
The Odds: He’s the oldest of the five candidates, which likely makes him the dark horse candidate, but like James he should know how to channel teen angst thanks to his role in Fault. He’s an accomplished musician, but I’m not sure who that will be an asset on Spider-Man. On the other hand though, he’s tried his hand occasionally at stand-up comedy, which would very much be plus if he’s going to deliver those Spidey one-liners.
Spider-Man’s first appearance in the MCU is rumored to be in Captain America: Civil War next year, and that will be followed up by the next Spidey solo film which will come out in the Summer of 2017. As Marvel Studio’s head Kevin Feige explained recently, “There is a young kid [already] running around New York City in a homemade version of the Spider-Man costume in the MCU. You just don’t know it yet… In Spider-Man’s very specific case, where there have been two retellings of that origin in the last whatever it’s been – [thirteen] years – for us we are going to take it for granted that people know that, and the specifics.”
We’ll keep you poster with Spider-Man casting news as it breaks.
Source: Geek Tyrant