By: Adam Basciano
After the big news that Marvel and Sony will share the Spider Man character on film, questions now turn to what to expect from the re-imagined cinematic adventures, and who will play him. The character was originally conceived as a high school going teenager by Stan Lee in the 60’s. He’s spent most of his publication history in high school. Over the course of five films, three saw the character in high school. So where will this new Marvel/Sony venture take him? Back to high school. Worried of more of the same? Don’t jump to that conclusion just yet. ” Sony has put the character, played by Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield, in Midtown High School before, but the plan is to spend more time in the setting and explore his awkward relationship with other students while fighting crime out of the classroom. Midtown is a major setting in the comic books, and Peter Parker also returns to the school to become a science teacher in storylines.”
Ok, so we know the setting, and we know that the Marvel Cinematic Universe will feature its first teenaged superhero. Since neither of the two previous Spider – Man actors are returning, the question becomes who will wear the costume? “A number of actors already have been mentioned as being considered for the role, including “The Maze Runner” and “Teen Wolf’s” Dylan O’Brien and the “Percy Jackson” franchise’s Logan Lerman. Lerman most recently co-starred in Sony’s “Fury.” No formal offer has been made to either actor, as the studio also looks for a new director as well. More importantly according to Variety; ” The studio also needs to figure out whether it wants to go with another Peter Parker or introduce another character that suits up as Spider-Man, including Miles Morales, whose father is African-American and mother is Puerto Rican.” Wait, what? Is going with the non Peter Parker version really being considered? I’d welcome it. It’d be an interesting direction to go in, definitely separating this new iteration from previous films in the franchise. Although, something tells me that if the studio announces they’re going with Miles Morales a nerd meltdown would occur. Hardcore fanboys would complain that they’d been cheated out of seeing Peter Parker in the MCU. Meanwhile, the segment of fandom I refer to as “basement dwellers” would freak out because even though the comics did it, some with their bigotry can’t see a person of colour inhabiting the persona of Spider Man.
Either way we’ll know soon as the new Spider-Man is slated to make his Marvel Cinematic Universe debut in “Captain America: Civil War” on May 6 2016, before appearing in his first new stand-alone film on July 28 2017.