It looks like rumors that Dylan O'Brien was all but cast as Spider-Man may have been greatly exaggerated. Buzzfeed News spoke with the 23-year-old actor about whether or not he was in the running to portray the third Peter Parker in about a decade. His answer might have broken quite a few hearts.
"Professionally, I haven't heard anything about it. I've only heard from, like, [rumors] online."
In other words, it sounds like Dylan as Peter went from "fan casting" to likely choice in the eyes of many news and gossip sites. At least O'Brien has no idea where those Spider-Man rumors came from. According to Dylan, he hasn't even auditioned for the role.
"It's so funny. My friends from New Jersey are calling me. They're like, what are you not telling me, dude?! Spider-Man?!"
Dylan recently finished shooting The Scorch Trials, the sequel to his previous movie The Maze Runner. That seems to be the only way fans will see O'Brien on-screen. Otherwise, they'll have to check out MTV.
With so many expectations crushed, some are wondering why Dylan O'Brien waited so long to put these rumors to rest.
"It makes me feel bad because I'm, like, disappointing a big chunk of fans across the nation. You can tell them that it's not true."
All this means at present is that Dylan O'Brien hasn't auditioned or been officially approached. Does it officially rule him out as Spider-Man? Not exactly. The public has no way of knowing exactly how Marvel Studios intends to work the character into the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
It's known that Spider-Man will be dropped into Phase 3 with a stand-alone movie. However, almost everything else about the film and character is the subject of persistent rumors. It's still very possible that Marvel Studios could snag O'Brien at some point. Dylan is younger than the previous actors (Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield) who played Spider-Man. He's also believable as a teen in high school thanks to his role as Styles on Teen Wolf.
Then there's the fan factor. Dylan O'Brien has a rather sizeable and established fan base, thanks to Teen Wolf. It's doubtful Marvel would be opposed to casting a popular young actor, especially if it increases the number of ticket sales for movies. Some feel that was at least part of the reason that Academy Award-nominated actor Benedict Cumberbatch was awarded the role of Dr. Strange.
At least Dylan, who has admitted to being a big Peter Parker/Spider-Man fan, would be happy to take on the role.
"I've always wanted to play Peter Parker, obviously. I feel like any actor my age, that's, like, a big thing."
Do you think Dylan O'Brien should get the role or would you like to see someone else play Spider-Man?
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