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As you’ve no doubt heard by now, Sony’s on the hunt for a new Spider-Man to join the Marvel Cinematic Universe. And since the last round of Spider-Man casting was just a few years ago, some fans have wondered if some of the guys who didn’t make the cut the last time around could have better luck this time.

Now a couple of them have gone on the record to respond. Josh Hutcherson says “of course” he’d consider playing Spidey, if only anyone would ask him, while Donald Glover plays coy about his odds. Read the Spider-Man Donald Glover and Josh Hutcherson comments after the jump.

Let’s start with Hutcherson. He got pretty close to the Spider-Man role back in 2010, before Andrew Garfield nabbed the role, and even made an impressive audition tape to show off his chops. Recently Yahoo asked him whether he might be interested in trying for the part again. Here’s what he said:

Yeah, of course I’d think about doing it: It’s Spider-Man, that’d be really cool. There’s not been any conversations about that, but who knows what would happen?

So Hutcherson is open to the possibility, but it doesn’t exactly sound like he’s a serious contender. Then again, if he were, he probably wouldn’t be allowed to say.

Glover was more more noncommittal when questioned on the Today Show. Here’s his conversation with Al Roker:

Roker: Are you the next Spider-Man?

Glover: Am I? I can’t say I’m the next Spider-Man.

Roker: Can you say you’re not the next Spider-Man?

Glover: I can’t say that either. I mean, it’s not out yet. There’s been talkings about it. I’d be honored to play it, but it’s really not up to me. I just want Spider-Man to be good. I think Spider-Man’s one of my favorite characters.

And for what it’s worth, Glover is pretty confident about his abilities: “I personally think I would be amazing. Like the amazing Spider-Man.”

It’s clear Glover wants people to think there’s some possibility of his being the next Spidey. His reference to “talkings” is interesting, but so vague it could mean anything.

Truth be told, Glover seems an unlikely candidate for the role. At 31, he’s definitely outside of the high school age range that the studios are reportedly looking for. Especially considering the solo Spider-Man movie isn’t coming out for another couple of years.

Hutcherson might have a better shot — he’s 22, which puts him in about the right age range. And he should have some free time coming up on his schedule with The Hunger Games franchise wrapping up this fall.

But he’s white, and rumor has it the new Spider-Man won’t be. Moreover, even if Spidey is white, Hutcherson has some stiff competition. Early reports suggested filmmakers were eyeing Dylan O’Brien or Logan Lerman (both 23) for the role.

That said, Sony and Marvel haven’t actually announced anything yet, and until they do we can’t really rule anyone out. Would you want to see Hutcherson or Glover play Spider-Man, or do you have another fresh face in mind?

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