RUMOR: Marvel Studios Reportedly Eyes New Spider-Man Frontrunner

By April 29, 2015
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One of the biggest questions dominating the discussion for future movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe concerns who will be the next actor to play, arguably, Marvel’s most recognizable character: Spider-Man. After details were announcd concerning a licensing deal between Sony Pictures and Marvel Studios to bring the Webslinger to the shared universe of the Avengers and the Guardians of the Galaxy, fans and analysts have been exceedingly curious about what direction Spider-Man’s cinematic future will take, which automatically brings curiosity to bear about who will embody him. Now, we may have an idea.

According to sources close to Latino Review, young actors Nat Wolff, Asa Butterfield, Tom Holland, Timothee Chalamet and Liam James are all reportedly in consideration for the coveted role, with Butterfield having been singled out as the emerging frontrunner to portray the MCU’s version of Peter Parker. Butterfield, who’s made a name for himself recently in films like Ender’s Game and Hugo, is 18 years old, but could likely play a couple of years younger to fall in line with the vision of a Spider-Man still in high school, as recently outlined by studio president Kevin Feige when he openly speculated on the kinds of stories the MCU would like to tell with the character.

The new Spider-Man is expected to make his Marvel Studios debut in either a small or cameo appearance in the upcoming sequel Captain America: Civil War, which is due to hit theaters in May of 2016. That film, which will also debut the MCU’s Black Panther played by Chadwick Boseman, will also feature Chris Evans as Captain America, Robert Downey, Jr. as Iron Man, Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow, Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye, Anthony Mackie as Falcon, Sebastian Stan as the Winter Soldier, and Elizabeth Olsen as Scarlet Witch. Fitting Spider-Man into the mix is a tall order, but given the character’s legacy in the Civil War comic book story, as well as the smaller-scale appearance he’s likely to have in the film, it seems appropriate.

Civil War very recently began shooting, so the chances of hearing a final decision on the casting of Spider-Man in the weeks to come is likely, though not assured. Either way, it’s exciting to think of the future of Spider-Man now that he’ll be joining the same shared universe as the Avengers, and it should be very interesting to see how things unfold. For more on this as it develops, stay tuned to GeekNation.

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Chris Clow
As a former comics retailer at a store in the Pacific Northwest, Chris Clow is an enormous sci-fi, comics, and film geek. He is a freelance contributor, reviewer, podcaster, and overall geek to GeekNation, Batman-On-Film.com, The Huffington Post, and Movies.com. He also hosts the monthly Comics on Consoles broadcast and podcast. Check out his blog, and follow him on Twitter @ChrisClow.
  • That is definitely some exciting speculation! I really can’t wait for the Spider-Man universe to change to a more high school oriented viewpoint. That is going to be great for getting younger audiences into Spider-Man in a similar way thajt the classic Toby McGuire flicks initially sparked my interest.

    • Exciting indeed! Can’t wait to see how it plays out.