Earlier this week, Spider-Man fans got huge news: the webslinger will be entering the Marvel Cinematic Universe in one of their upcoming films before headlining his own new solo films that will be produced together by Marvel and Sony. Now, with the news that Andrew Garfield won’t be continuing in the role, we just need a new Spider-Man.
Here are eight actors that could take over, including some picks for a Miles Morales Spider-Man, should the studios decide to go the route of the Ultimate Spider-Man. It may be unlikely, but seems like a potentially brilliant move.
This young actor could build on his momentum with a stint as Peter Parker. After playing a fan-favorite character on “Teen Wolf,” O’Brien made the jump to the big screen as the lead in YA adaptation “The Maze Runner.”. Spider-Man will be in one movie before his role expands to his solo films, so O’Brien could be done with his current franchise before jumping into this one. The young actor can balance the dramatic and comedic component the role needs. Plain and simple, this guy had an impressive career ahead of him and Marvel/Sony need to scoop him up before someone else does.
Egerton is making a big first move with “Kingsman: The Secret Service,” so this could be a great next step for the rising star. He only have two films, “Legend” and “Testament of Youth,” set for this year, so he is not too busy yet. He was already in the running for the young Cyclops role in the upcoming “X-Men: Apocalypse,” so a superhero is clearly something on his radar and on the industry’s radar for him.
Since his debut in “Short Term 12,” the actor had been in some great films and really proved his chops. “The Purge: Anarchy” and “Selma” showed off different sides of him, and the upcoming “Straight Outta Compton,” in which he will play Snoop Dogg, and “Miles Ahead” are sure to do the same. Utilizing the Miles Morales Spider-Man from the comic books – featuring a half-Latino, half-black webslinger, may be a smart move, primarily because Peter Parker is probably the one origin story we have seen more than any other hero. Even if they choose to introduce Parker as a full fledged hero in an upcoming Marvel film, how many times do we need to meet the same character? Stanfield is an exceptional actor and could bring something new to Spider-Man.
What do you think of Norman Bates himself playing the webslinger for Marvel and Sony? With news of Spider-Man being younger in the upcoming film, Highmore fits the bill. Plus, this young actor could use a lighter role like Peter Parker after spending so much time playing the famous psycho. On the other hand, playing a psycho has certainly well prepared Highmore to bring some edge to the character as needed. Parker’s life is nothing if not full of tragedy, after all.
If a fresh canvas is what the producers want, relative unknown Richmond would fit the bill. He has both comedic and dramatic roles under his belt and has excelled at both. The young actor would make a great Miles Morales if that’s the route chosen. 2013’s “Blue Caprice” is a showcase of just how talented Richmond is.
Thwaites is a solid choice with a great resume for a young actor. “Maleficent,” “The Signal” and “The Giver” are among his previous credits and they could not be more different from each other. He even has the upcoming “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” on the way, so lead roles in franchises are no problem. What this actor needs is a project to solidify his young leading man status and Spider-Man could be just the role to do just that.
This criminally underrated actor could kill it as Peter Parker. He been involved in major franchises and done smaller films, but the one constant is that he is always interesting on screen. The ability to break through on screen, especially in a large cast full of big names in an ensemble, is impressive. Yelchin did that in both “Star Trek” films and he will need that when Spider-Man is dropped into a Marvel film full of established characters.
Unfortunately, “Percy Jackson” wasn’t the massive success it was intended to be, but maybe Lerman can have that as Spider-Man. Any doubt in his ability? Just watch “The Perks of Being A Wallflower” and watch them fade away. Lerman is an incredible actor and has experience in both franchises and action scenes, as seen in the two Percy Jackson films, so what else does one need for a new Spider-Man?