As you’ve no doubt heard by now, Spider-Man is coming to the MCU. But the powers that be aren’t simply merging Sony’s existing Spider-Man franchise with the Marvel movies — no, this is going to be a whole new Spider-Man, which means the webslinging role is up for grabs again.
Marvel and Sony have yet to reveal whom they want to put on the Spidey mask, but while they mull it over we’ve got some ideas for them. After the jump, run down our new Spider-Man casting wishlist.
New Spider-Man Casting Wishlist
At present, it’s still unclear what version of Spider-Man we’re getting. The most familiar (and likely) version of the character is Peter Parker, but there’s also Miles Morales, who takes over the Spider-Man mantle after Peter’s death in the comics. For now, the early word is that Marvel is looking to cast young, with Spider-Man falling in the high school age range.
In any case, the studios will make a decision soon, as Spider-Man is expected to show up in next year’s Captain America: Civil War. Sony, Marvel, if you’re looking for ideas, look no further than this list of 15 actors we’d love to see play the new Spider-Man.
Andrew Garfield (31)
Yes, he’s out. But we wish he weren’t. Whatever you think of Marc Webb’s Amazing Spider-Man films, Andrew Garfield was not the problem. His lively performance was one of the few aspects of the 2012 film that didn’t feel like a tired rehash. Spider-Man is relatable in a way that most MCU heroes — what with their Asgardian royal heritage, their billions of dollars, and super-spy training — aren’t, and Garfield kept him grounded even as he launched himself across the Manhattan skyline.
Donald Glover (31)
Who could forget Donald Glover’s campaign to be the next Spider-Man? As much as we like Andrew Garfield, we were terribly disappointed to see Sony turn him down without a thought. And we weren’t the only ones — now that the role has opened up again, Glover’s fans have brought #DonaldForSpiderman back as a trending topic on Twitter.
The bad news is, this campaign probably won’t work out any better than the last one did. At 31, Glover’s likely older than Marvel and Sony want for the part.
Josh Hutcherson (22)
Josh Hutcherson famously went for the role of Spider-Man once before, even making an action-packed audition tape that later got passed around the Internet. He ultimately lost to Andrew Garfield, of course, but the reel was good enough to get fans wondering what could have been. And we have an even better idea of what he’s capable now, thanks to his starring role in the Hunger Games franchise.
Ty Simpkins (13)
What if the new Spider-Man is someone we’ve already met? Like, say, the sassy little moppet from Iron Man 3? Okay, so it’s a crazy theory, but maybe it’s not quite as crazy as it sounds. Ty Simpkins is already signed on for multiple Marvel movies, but has yet to resurface. Plus, his character is a fatherless kid with a knack for science and invention — sound familiar? If Marvel wanted to go in a more kid-friendly direction, they could do worse than to retcon “Harley Keener” as the new Spidey.
All right, so those were some of the longshots. Who do we want to see that actually fits within Marvel’s parameters? Keep reading to find out.