Here Are 7 Actors to Consider for Marvel & Sony's New Spider-Man
by Ethan Anderton
February 10, 2015
In case you haven't heard by now, the character of Spider-Man is now being shared by Marvel Studios & Sony Pictures. Your friendly neighborhood wallcrawler will now be part of Marvel's Cinematic Universe appearing in a Marvel Studios release in the next couple years and will begin a new franchise of his own beginning on July 28th, 2017. And because this is a new Spider-Man, it has been confirmed that Andrew Garfield is no longer suiting up as Spidey, creating a major opportunity for an actor to gain superhero status. And I've rounded up my favorite picks as to who I would like to see shooting web around NYC now.
To set the stage here, I'm of the mind that Spider-Man should skew younger, if only to create some extra differentiation between Peter Parker (or maybe Miles Morales), and the rest of The Avengers who range from Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth and Scarlett Johansson in their 30s to, Mark Ruffalo and Jeremy Renner in their 40s, to Robert Downey Jr. at 50 and Samuel L. Jackson in his 60s. Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Elizabeth Olsen join the Marvel scene in The Avengers: Age of Ultron, and both stars are in their mid 20s, so perhaps finding someone in their late teens or early 20s (or who looks that young) is the best move.
But age isn't the only important factor. You want to find someone who's charming, believable as being a bit of a geek and also a legitimate superhero. He has to have solid comedic timing, but good dramatic chops to match everyone else in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. So taking all those things into consideration, as well as my own feelings, these are the 7 young actors I think would be best for the job:
After starring in the indie darling The Kings of Summer in 2013, the soon-to-be 20-year old actor rode that wave to a key supporting role in Jurassic World as well as the forthcoming young adult sci-fi The Fifth Wave with Chloe Moretz. He's charismatic, proved he has what it takes to lead a movie with the aforementioned Sundance selected comedy, and already has some blockbuster experience.
The young star of party movie Project X and supporting star of Beautiful Creatures is coming off an astounding breakthrough performance in the Sundance 2015 award winning comedic drama Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, and if his turn in that indie doesn't prove that he has what it takes to be Spider-Man, then I don't know what will. Mann delivers a touching, genuine, funny and powerful leading performance, and this could be his chance at super stardom overnight.
Though he already has his own franchise with The Maze Runner, when something like Spider-Man comes along, especially being part of the Marvel cinematic universe, that's something else entirely. O'Brien has dabbled in action and comedy (The Internship), proving to be a solid talent in both arenas. He also has the right kind of natural attitude to be the smart-ass kid that we all know Spidey can be. Of course, considering how fast The Maze Runner sequels are coming together, he may not have room in his schedule.
Here's another familiar face to fanboys as the young Chekov in the Star Trek franchise reboot from J.J. Abrams. But beyond that blockbuster work, Yelchin has taken on a variety of genre fare, both good and bad, including Terminator Salvation, Fright Night and Odd Thomas. But beyond that, Yelchin has shown tremendous dramatic work in films such as Like Crazy, Rudderless and The Beaver. The actor skews a little older for what I think would make the perfect new Spider-Man, but he still has the young looks and personality to pull it off.
Hey, after he was buzzed about all over the internet when The Amazing Spider-Man was trying to find its leading man, why not reconsider the guy who got fans in a tizzy over potentially coming the first black Spider-Man on the big screen? It doesn't even matter whether this iteration of Spider will again be Peter Parker or Miles Morales, because I don't see any problem with Glover playing both. He's got everything we could ask for for a Spider-Man and his alter ego, and there's no doubt that even though Black Panther is one the way, the Marvel cinematic universe could still use some diversity.
After making waves in The Fault in Our Stars, the charming actor followed Shailene Woodley over to The Divergent Series, though his role wasn't too meaty in the first film. It looks like he'll have a more pivotal part in the sequels, which might keep him out of the running, but Elgort certainly fits the bill to be Spider-Man. And it would be a little fortuitous for Elgort to shoot web around NYC considering Woodley was supposed to play the new Mary Jane in The Amazing Spider-Man franchise.
All right, this one is a little far out there since I have no idea how well the Indonesian actor from The Raid series speaks English in order to take on a major role in an American movie. But the thought of someone with the action skills, speed and ferocity of Iko Uwais putting on the Spider-Man suit gets me so excited. Uwais is the oldest out of this bunch (turns 32 this week), but he certainly looks young, and he's absolutely fit enough to take on a role like this. But again, because of his lack of experience in English-language films, I don't know if he can pull it off. But hey, we can at least let him do the stunt work as Spider-Man, right?
So those are my picks for who I would like to see get the role of the new Spider-Man. As for some actors that I really don't want to see get the role, Jaden Smith would be at the top of my list, and he's probably the only one that wouldn't make me happy. Logan Lerman seems like a pretty bland choice, but he wouldn't be terrible. Josh Hutcherson isn't a bad idea, but something just doesn't feel right about his casting in the role. Honestly, it's a shame that Andrew Garfield ended up on the raw end of this deal, because he was easily the best part of The Amazing Spider-Man franchise, right along with Emma Stone and their chemistry. Anyway, let's hear from you. Do you like my choices? Who do you want to see as Spider-Man?