The Marvel Spider-Man movie could be the one we’ve been waiting for ever since Sam Raimi’s fan-derided attempt to appease Sony (Spider-Man 3). With Marvel Studios now getting the web-slinger back for a solo movie, and an appearance in Captain America: Civil War, it seems we are about to get the version that even the purists will love.
It appears that Marvel Studios is attempting to get an actual teenager to play the role, so he’ll be young enough to don the red and blue suit, and still fit in with a high school crowd like the original character in the comics. While Tobey Maguire was an original take on Peter Parker, he shared a similar fatal flaw as Andrew Garfield.
Both previous Spider-Man actors were in their 20s and would only look young enough for a few years.
Marvel’s Chief Creative Officer Joe Quesada explained the importance of getting a good teenage Peter Parker.
“The trick to making any incarnation of Spider-Man great, whether comics, animation, or film is Peter Parker. Get Peter’s character right and the rest falls into place.”
The actors being considered for the Marvel Spider-Man movie are a good indication of where the studio wants to go with the character. Asa Butterfield of Ender’s Game is excited at the prospect of becoming Marvel’s web-slinger, according to Geek. Mateus Ward of Weeds fame is 16-years-old, and has also been approached for the role.
Marvel appears to be going for the dynamic of a teenage Spider-Man in a world full of adult villains, much like the first appearance in Amazing Fantasy No. 15 in 1962.
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Thankfully, after having seen Peter Parker’s origin twice already, Marvel will be able to simply drop the character into the story and let him go. The only downside would be that the new actor would need to get the character right the first time, but with the Marvel Cinematic Universe in charge, it probably won’t be too difficult.
The Marvel Spider-Man movie will be handled by a studio that has dealt with a good range of successful superhero movies already. Thanks to them, we now have a Hulk and Captain America, who don’t look like parodies on the real thing. If they think an actual teenage Peter Parker is the right casting decision for Spider-Man, they might just make it work this time.
Which teenage actor do you think should be suiting up for the Marvel Spider-Man movie?
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