With all of this new Spider-Man news overtaking the web lately, it certainly is a fun time to be a fan of ol' Spidey. The story itself keeps baring fruit. A new report from Variety confirms more tidbits that we exclusively revealed to you two months ago. Back then, we stated that the series would go back to high school, cast a young actor, not touch on his origin, and focus more on his dual life as an awkward teenager by day and a masked hero by night than on a love story. At the time, we pointed out that romance had been at the center of all five Spider-Man flicks up to this point and that the studio was ready to shift the focus elsewhere.
Variety's report basically reiterates all of that.
What it adds to the mix now are a few names of who is being considered for the role. The short list apparently includes Logan Lerman (Fury) and Dylan O'Brien (The Maze Runner). But the report also mentions that the studio may switch gears entirely and swap out Peter Parker for Miles Morales.
Personally, as much as I love Peter, I think the move to Morales would make the most sense just on a business level. As much excitement as there is from the hardcore fanboy community, who are doing backflips about Marvel Studios now being involved with the future of the franchise, there would likely be a sense of fatigue in having a third Peter Parker/Spider-Man hit theaters within a 9 year span. Tobey Maguire last played the character in 2007, then Andrew Garfield in 2012 and 2014. Another Parker in 2016 in Captain America: Civil War and beyond might dilute the interest of more casual fans. If you go the Morales route, you can then frame things in such a way that it looks like you're not starting from scratch again. You can write a script that implies that Garfield's Peter has passed the torch to Morales and gone off into the sunset.
Might be easier than asking fans to buy into a third cinematic Peter Parker continuity. I can totally get why the studios are considering this.
But if they're going to stick with Peter, what if the casting process went the Man of Steel route? After all, Henry Cavill was once going to play Supes in McG's Superman: Flyby. That fell through, but Snyder revisited the actor several years later after watching old screen tests. In that vein, what if the folks behind the next Spider-Man adventures looked at Josh Hutcherson again? The actor was all but set to play the character in the Amazing Spider-Man films, when Warner Bros decided to exercise the sequel clause in his contract and bring him back for Journey 2- thus killing his Spidey hopes. The Hunger Games star is only 23. Think he could pull off a high schooler?
Remember when we exclusively revealed his Spider-Man demo a few years back?
I think he'd be a cool choice, still. Though Lerman could definitely work, too.
What do YOU think? And how would you like a Spidey flick that features Midtown High School as a more prominent setting?