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Here Are 7 Actors to Consider for Marvel & Sony's New Spider-Man

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February 10, 2015

Dylan O'Brien / Spider-Man / Iko Uwais

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:

Nick Robinson

Nick Robinson

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.

Thomas Mann

Thomas Mann

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.

Dylan O'Brien

Dylan O'Brien

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.

Anton Yelchin

Anton Yelchin

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.

Donald Glover

Donald Glover

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.

Ansel Elgort

Ansel Elgort

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.

Iko Uwais

Iko Uwais

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?

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  • Tim Gonzales
  • CoosCoos
    Of this list, I think Dylan O'Brien is best suited for Peter Parker. As for Miles Morales, I think Glover is way too old now. But I'm sure there are a ton of young unknown Disney Channel actors I'm not aware of that could play Miles Morales.
  • Jon Odishaw
    Please no Glover, not because he's black because I cant stand him. I like Anton though.
    • cg
      u really had to throw in the "not because he's black"?
      • Jon Odishaw
        Well yea Peter Parker isn't black to my knowledge
        • mindie
          mike morales is though...
          • R3last
            MILES Morales.
      • ProjectionistHP
        It was a good point. Since there has been quite a shitstorms in messing with character ethnics. Not because racism, but just because its not true to original chararacter...
  • Al Apone
    Cancel Fantastic 4 and bring in Miles Teller.
    • Angry Lester
      I really hope you are joking.
  • TheOct8pus
    Pee Wee Herman all the way!
  • Zack Snyder
    Anyone but Nick Robinson, he is just a pretty face who can't act. Thomas Mann has my vote.
    • Becky
      You really think he Carnot act ur such an ass hole go watch Jurassic world shit head
  • Angry Lester
    Why?? It's not the acting that killed the last movie, it's the writing and directing!!
  • OfficialJab
    I'm definitely thinking a younger Parker would be better for once.
  • thisguyhere
    i am voting for harry shum here. i think it would be nice to switch it up on folks completely
    • mindie
      i think that'd be amazing because he honestly has amazing reflexes and could totally do it.
  • Charles Oosterhouse
    Uko speaks next to no English.....
    • Prince
      Iko from Asia, Spiderman from Western. Dylan O'Brien is good actor, he is funny and attractive
    • Apriyanti
      iko ,english is not very good but he was awesome in action movie from indonesian girl
  • Jedi
    I'd love to see them have Spidey show up in-suit for the MCU film, only to remove his mask at the end of the film (or in an after credits scene) to reveal that he's Latino. Then have the new reboot pick up with a quick Miles Morales back-story/origin flashback so everyone who was confused by the reveal is up to speed, then continue on for the film with an actual story.
  • izakkson
    Out of this list the only one I'd be remotely interested in seeing as Spiderman is Anton Yelchin but to be honest none of these jump out at me as being a decent choice. I don't want to see anything remotely close to an origins story for the new Spidey film so having a slightly older actor portray him in the MCU would be a better choice in my opinion.
  • Steven
    None of the above. Nothing against any of them, but for the sake of the fans just join Garfield's Spidey into the MCU. Can it really be that hard to do?!?
  • ari smulders
    Iko uwais? That will be a bonecrushing spiderman!
  • Nielsen700
    Please don't do the origin story again. Please!
  • timnimbus
    Sigh.. this is such bullshit. I liked Garfield as spiderman. Why did they decide to recast again? It wasn't his fault those movies sucked. Weren't they thinking of bringing back Tobey?
  • Maxx
    I think that Thomas Brodie-Sangster would be an awesome Peter Parker. He is right there with Dylan O'Brien though in the Maze Runner franchise. But if he had the opening in the schedule and a convincing enough american accent, he would be perfect.
  • Xerxexx
    Andrew Garfield.
  • Buzz Killington
    Find a way to work it out with Garfield. He is a BEAST playing Spider-Man.
  • mooreworthy
    Donald Glover
  • jygsaw
    Excited for Spidey finally being a part of the MCU, but I'm not sure I'm ready for yet another origin re-telling.
  • Lagoya
    Everyone knows that the proper way to re-invent a character is to make him black.
  • ProjectionistHP
    I have to say that I too would have been more than happy with Garfield. Why can't they just through him in there?
  • Have Hope
    Lord....is this the best? Only way is down after Garfield. Perfect choice, bad films
  • ragethorn
    Garfield is a way superior Spider-man than Maguire. Imagine if Garfield was in Raimi's Spiderman 2?
  • Giothegiant
    Andrew Garfield, John Gallagher Jr., Joseph Gordon-Levitt, or cast an unknown. THERE MARVEL I SOLVED YOUR MOVIE.
  • daneforst
    yeah, they really should just keep Garfield. After watching ASM2 again and delving into the deleted scenes, he's pretty great as both Spider-Man and Pater Parker. That movie just was edited and conceived rather poorly. The deleted scenes add so much that seemed missing the first go round. #keepgarfield
  • Lady Kaede
    Thomas Mann
  • Billy Beefcaked
    He'll be black I guarantee it. Marvel/DC has been all about political correctness as of late, and changing the race and sex of characters. Regardless of what the fans want they'll do what Sony's doing with Ghostbusters, and take a shit on the fans to push a message and or an agenda.
    • same
      Choosing to change the race or sex of a character has nothing to do with political correctness. It's to take a story or storyline to different places that a white male storyline can only go so far with.
      • Ray Rotello
        It's destroying the past and rewriting history, to appease the PC crowd.
    • mindie
      except there is a black iteration of spiderman named mike morales and donald glover/any other black actor but mainly donald glover would be quite literally flawless. it has nothing to do with political correctness, and everything to do with the incredible likeness an actor has to a role. (for reference, however, captain america can be black, thor can be a woman and i can't remember what else they've changed)
    • Zak
      I'd forgotten that being white was a vital part of Spiderman's character
  • Oriyan J. Ovadia
    Jack O'Connell
  • MattPeloquin
    I really love Garfield as Spidey, but I hear he told a bunch of executives at Sony to fuck off during filimg of ASM2 so I think he burned that bridge.
  • Jameson Cyr
    Yeah, for real, just keep Garfeild. He's good, he's really really good.
    • jonidimo
      no, thanks.
  • brandut
    IKO Uwais best fighter,,, he is suited to plays a spiderman.. try you see in the movie the raid.
  • si1ver
    ANDREW GARFIELD. Or Glover or Yelchin.
  • HerCar
    Just Keep, ANDREW GARFIELD. NO reboot!
  • Brian Douglas Macleod
    All of these choices are awful.
  • jonnyb61
    PETER PARKER IS FUNNY. HE ISNT COOL. HE ISNT HIP. HE'S FUNNY. HE'S A SMART ALICK. HES CHARMING. THATS HIS SCHTICK. TOBEY WAS NERDY. GARFIELD ALMOST HAD IT. BUT YOU NEED A FUNNY, CHARMING, YOUNG!! KID. SPIDER MAN IS A KID. NONE OF THESE SUFFICE. HE'S BACK WITH MARVEL NOW. THEY BETTER NOT FUCK THIS UP.
    • FAIZAL HARIZT
      mr.bean,,, maybe :)
      • Aris Putra
        damn i love your comment. LOL
        • FAIZAL HARIZT
          please,, im not gay :p ,, vote rowan atkinson for Spidey
  • Denny Saputra
    Dylan O'Brian!
    • Prince
      great
  • Prince
    Dylan O'Brien is the best actor. He is funny, energetic, cool and attractive.
  • DAVIDPD
    I hope it is another unknown actor. I hope they are really young. Like 17 or 18. Let them age into the role for the next 10 years of his life.
  • Govinda's NewDevide
    I very happy when hear Iko include in the actors that consider for Marvel & Sony new Amazing Spiderman. I am so proud as Indonesian people. He's so strong, fast, and flexible. If he doesn't play as Spiderman at least he can be the stunt. He will be the next "Jackie Chan" from Indonesia
    • wowdoge69
      what about The first Iko Uwais from Indonesia mate? he can be himself tho
  • Edgar Reza
    Iko Uwais? really? i'm Indonesian but seriously he doesn't speak english very well....
  • Andri Agam
    This is absurd , Chuck Norris should be in there !
  • raihan akbar F
    iko uwais
  • chimera28
    Spideman, they rebooted it too much. just like bible. vote no for iko wais by the way
  • wowdoge69
    Jason Statham lol
  • nice artikel
  • Aldi W
    i think IKO Uwais is suited to be a spiderman..
  • Ryan Adikara
    Iko Uwais should be the next Spiderman.
  • robin ady setiawan
    iko Uwais the next spiderman !!!
  • Jonno
    Not Jaden Smith for sure. He's already looks high without the suit.
  • kirinstress
    Iko uwais.. well even if i'm indonesian, but i don't think he's capable for it. His english is not fluent enough, and i don't think he's that good in acting. Plus, he's asian. It's no way he'll be the lead actor. My vote goes to Dylan O'Brien !!!
    • Fachri Siddik
      agree... maybe as stuntman or another villain.... it was sad to hear andrew'll not act as spiderman. He is better than tobey so far
      • kirinstress
        Yes it's cool enough if he able to became spidey's stuntman. At least, he can get a great chance to learn from hollywood a-list director :) i'll pray for that. Btw, imo, tobey is still better than andrew to portray spiderman :p tobey's geeky look as peter parker is more believable, and more lovable too.
  • Bayu Satrio Nugroho
    Iko Uwais should be the next VENOM..not Spiderman vote Dylan O'Brien 😀
  • Ivan Azzam
    Vote for Dylan, it just seems right to see him as Parker after Andrew departed, but Iko is more suited for suit actor than as Parker, so Dylan as Parker and Iko as Spider-Man suit actor, that would be nice!
    • Gordon Mordecai Searles
      Dylan would need to start working out because Iko has bigger muscles than he does. It would just look weird if one has bigger arms than the other.
      • Ivan Azzam
        Well, although Iko has the muscle, but i think he doesn't have the right feel to be Spidey, my ideal version is, the suit actor is Iko, and the face of Parker with Dylan, kinda like Japanese show (Kamen Rider/Ultraman), i agree though with your point, with Dylan working out and stuff
  • MWN Ngguf
    iko uwais the really man
  • Cynthia Cecilia
    Vote for Dylan.
  • Rahmat Sam
    iko uwais
  • Rahmat Sam
    Iko Uwais is best for the movie in the world. i like it
  • Dimius
    Taron Egerton.
  • Guest
    Ein Durchbruch schaffte das "Iko Uwais", die grosse Abenteuer versprechen und ist ein spannendes Action Abenteuer.
  • yongky mr
    Ein Durchbruch für "Iko Uwais", die grosse Abenteuer versprechen und ist ein spannendes Action Abenteuer. Ich mag es !!
  • Johnnie Hudson
    It's going be the black guy, no need to vote
  • Ray Rotello
    So PC it's sickening.
  • angry american
    The only one I have seen in any thing is Glover and he is a worse choice for spiderman than Jordan was for the Human Torch and that is saying a lot
  • angry american
    All of your choices are truly terrible but Glover is just a stupid dumbass choice
  • ZenaLundgren
    Jaden Smith... that would be pretty cool.
  • Justin
    how about none of these
  • Jaycen Zimbeck
    The thing about Spiderman, is that the actor needs to play two characters. Peter Parker, the nerd who's life is changed by spidy powers, and Spiderman, the cocky, whimsical hero who is great at bantering with villains. So these guys could all make great a great Spiderman... but I have a really hard time believing any of them as Peter. That was the problem with The Amazing Spiderman. He simply was way too cool to be Peter, which ruined the fact that he was an absolutely terrific Spiderman. When he put's on the mask, he's no longer Peter. He convinces himself he isn't a geeky high-schooler. He isn't Peter, he's Spiderman now, the he hero everyone loves and adores. Also... Spiderman is in High School... half these guys are far too old.
  • Henny Tjandra
    Vote for dylan
  • iko uwais.. iko , I think it would be able to do so . he has the agility in the fight. don't doubt Indonesian!
  • Tommy Amin Santoso
    i think it could be dylan ,, but i hope he can face a rival or enemy such as iko that has great ability in fighting.....
  • latifah nuramadhani
    Vote for Iko Uwais
  • Aldoskateblackfast Ngablu
    i want Iko uwais is so cool
  • Rizki
    Iko uwais, Its Perfect to spidey ..
  • Rizki
    He good for speak english language

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