By: Adam Basciano
Who will play Peter Parker/Spider-Man in the Marvel Cinematic Universe? Well we don’t know, but it sounds as though a decision is inching ever closer. “Sony Pictures and Marvel have narrowed down their list of “Spider-Man” contenders to a select group of up-and-coming actors that includes Nat Wolff, Asa Butterfield, Tom Holland, Timothee Chalamet and Liam James, among others, TheWrap has learned. Sony is preparing to make test offers to several young stars next week, with a decision expected in the next 2-3 weeks, though a deal may take longer to hammer out.” As Kevin Feige promised, all these actors are younger then we’ve been used to in the previous Spider-Man films. This works since they want to highlight the high school aspect of the character. Also, the young actor can grow with the role through the course of several films. Now I only know Asa Butterfield from Hugo and Enders Game. I have no idea who these other actors are, but at this point I’ll trust Marvel to make the right choice.
However, the live action Spider-Man isn’t the only version of the wall crawler that we’ll see on the big screen over the next few years. “Phil Lord & Christopher Miller, the directors of The Lego Movie, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, and 21 and 22 Jump Street, are taking Spider-Man back to his graphic roots with the first-of-its-kind animated Spider-Man feature, it was announced today at CinemaCon by Tom Rothman, chairman of the Sony Pictures Entertainment Motion Picture Group. The film will exist independently of the projects in the live-action Spider-Man universe, all of which are continuing. Lord & Miller are masterminding the project, writing the treatment and producing the film.” This is very similar to how Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice will be released in 2016, and the LEGO Batman spinoff movie will debut in theaters in 2017. With Spider-Man, the live action film will be released on July 28 2017, while the animated series will debut on July 20, 2018. As for Phil Lord and Christopher Miller being on board, their comedic sensibilities are pitch perfect for Spider-Man’s attitude and sense of humor. With Lord and Miller also developing The Flash film for Warner Brothers, they are really havng their cake and eating it too!
(Sources: The Wrap, Sony Pictures)