RUMOR: Marvel’s ‘Spider-Man’ Casting Focuses On New Actors

By June 14, 2015

Production on Captain America: Civil War is in full swing down in Atlanta, Georgia. With Sony and Marvel Studios not yet having made a full announcement on who will be Andrew Garfield’s successor as Spider-Man, things are getting down to the wire, with the current film slated to feature the new Spidey’s first appearance in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

While it seemed that actor Asa Butterfield was the top choice for the part recently, Deadline is reporting that Butterfield has apparently been removed from consideration, and that a new group of finalists have emerged. Tom Holland and Charlie Rowe are reportedly the front-runners for the coveted part, while Matthew Lintz and Charlie Plummer still hang onto contention as well.

Holland’s highest profile role to date was in 2012’s The Impossible, opposite Ewan McGregor and Naomi Watts. At age 19, he’s on the higher end of the age spectrum of the actors in consideration, which is rumored to be in his favor due to child labor laws and the ability for actors 18+ to work longer hours than those of younger actors. Charlie Rowe, also aged 19, had a minor part in 2007’s The Golden Compass, and has also starred opposite Andrew Garfield in the 2010 British sci-fi drama Never Let Me Go.

Young actor Matthew Lintz is only aged 14, but would likely represent the most significant departure from previous Spider-Men if he is chosen for the part. He has a role in this summer’s upcoming Pixels, starring Adam Sandler and Peter Dinklage. Charlie Plummer is also on the younger end of the spectrum, with his biggest credit being HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire.”

It’s not currently known just how Spider-Man will make his first appearance in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but they would likely have to change some major elements of Spidey’s involvement in the original Civil War comic book series, since much of it was determined by his employment with Tony Stark and his marriage to Mary Jane. Still, it should be interesting to see how things ultimately shake out.

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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,, The Huffington Post, and He also hosts the monthly Comics on Consoles broadcast and podcast. Check out his blog, and follow him on Twitter @ChrisClow.
  • Daniel

    I like Holland, would love to see him getting the lead role in something like spider-man 🙂

  • RogerSmiles

    in my opinion 14 seems a bit too young for being spiderman

    • Michelle

      I am sure he is shortlisted for a reason though..

  • Thomas Kelly

    Spidey is my favorite, I wanna know who’s gonna play him so badly!!

  • Sean L

    so many rumors right now, I think i’ll just wait for an official announcement before i Read any more about the matter 😛

    • Jason

      yeah when it is only in the rumor stage there is too much BS about, getting our hopes up and misinforming us.

  • David Black

    Seems to be taking quite a while. I guess choosing the next Spiderman would be a very tough decision to make!