Following the disappointing ending to the original Sam Raimi Spider-Man film trilogy, Sony realized they needed to lock down a new Spider-Man fast. In order to retain the film rights to the character, they needed to get a new flick in production soon, but given the disappointing ending to the previous trilogy, they thought it best to reboot the character with an all-new cast. Of course, that role eventually went to Andrew Garfield in the short-lived Amazing Spider-Man series, but if you'll recall, Garfield wasn't the only one out to audition for the role. Practically everyone in Hollywood did.
In an interview with Playboy War Dogs star Miles Teller reflected on why he was happy about not getting the role of Spider-Man.
"I wasn't starving to be a superhero. Although at the time---it was a couple of years ago---if you're a young man in this business, a part of you is saying, 'I need to get a Marvel project; I need to be a superhero,' because you see all these actors you respect being put in that world. I would not have wanted to be Spider-Man because I wouldn't want the whole thing riding on my shoulders. I enjoyed the ensemble element of Fantastic Four. I wouldn't wish what happened to us on another movie. It's tough, because there are such high expectations. Comic books mean so much to a lot of people."
It's a surprisingly humble response from an actor who doesn't necessarily have a reputation for being humble. At the end of the day, while he was the "lead" for Fantastic Four, it was first and foremost, a story about an entire family, and not a story about a boy growing up in New York City.
So would Miles Teller have ever worked? It's hard to say. While The Amazing Spider-Man series had its problems, not many felt that the problem was with Andrew Garfield himself, but rather the muddled narrative of the story. As such, it sounds like the films were doomed no matter who played the role.
If the past few years has taught us anything, it's that at the end of the day, no matter who plays the superhero, not every one of these films is bound to be a hit with fans and critics.
War Dogs is in theaters this weekend!
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