When Sony and Marvel were finally able to meet in the middle to have your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man join the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it was a cause for rejoice. At long last, the web-slinger would be back home and (man, oh, man) appear on screen with The Avengers. The big question every fan had on their mind was whether audiences would see a third incarnation of Peter Parker in less than 10 years take the screen or if the MCU was really ready to become as diverse as Marvel Comics has become and finally introduce theatergoers to Miles Morales. Well, as we have learned, we will be getting yet another Peter Parking outing and if the rumors are to be believed, Enders Game’s Asa Butterfield is the frontrunner to play Spidey.
According to Latino Review, Marvel recently had four actors on their short list for the role: Nat Wolff, Asa Butterfield, Liam James, Tom Holland, and Timothee Chalamet. According to LR’s sources, that short list has become even shorter and Marvel is just about ready to snag the 18 year old Butterfield to play Spidey in the upcoming Captain America: Civil War, as well as a standalone feature, rumored to be titled “Spider-Man: The New Avenger”.
There are a couple of cool things here: First, Asa Butterfield is a brilliant, capable young actor who is able to shed any hints of the actor’s personality as he completely dons whatever role he chooses to play. Butterfield earned several nods for his work in the Oscar winning Hugo, which was also nominated for Best Picture. While his last big budget venture, Ender’s Game, failed to bring in the box office dollars that the studio was hoping for, Butterfield’s portrayal of the main character, Ender Wiggin, was one aspect of the movie that most critics agreed was wonderful. Another cool thing about this casting decision is that Butterfield is an actual teenager who really looks the part! It is easy to see just how well Asa could transform into the awkward Peter Parker that comic book fans grew up loving and that should be something to be excited about.
All of that being said, do audiences really need another Peter Parker story? We have been promised that this is not another origin story (thank the Baby Jesus) but throwing Peter back in high school after his last outing had him mourning the death of his girlfriend is sure to confuse some people in the audience. During the Civil War storyline, Peter Parker plays a pivotal role, so it makes sense that he would appear in the film, but the MCU has often strayed from its comic book roots, and the right writer could have found a way to make Miles Morales work. Not to mention, the move seems almost douchey on Marvel’s part. Kind of like a “neener, neener, we can make a better movie than you” type power move. The sentiment, while childish, cannot be denied and there is no doubt that Marvel’s Spider-Man movie will be worlds better than anything Sony has given us but do they really need to rub their nose in it?
Captain America: Civil War begins production in a few weeks for a May 6, 2016, release date while the new Spider-Man movie will hit theaters in 2017.
How do you feel about this choice for Parker? Do you feel revisiting Peter Parker is the best choice or just the easiest?