15 Actors Who Should Play the New Spider-Man

Dylan O'Brien in The Maze Runner

Dylan O’Brien (23)

Should Dylan O’Brien be able to carve out some time in his busy maze-running schedule, he could make for an appealing Spidey. The Maze Runner proves he’s got the chops to lead an action franchise, while MTV’s Teen Wolf demonstrates he has the mischievous intelligence and emotional intensity that Spider-Man calls for.

Tobey Maguire in Spider-Man
Tobey Maguire (39)

Tobey Maguire’s days as your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man are long past, but bringing him back could be a welcome shocker for fans missing the glory days of the Sam Raimi era. It’d also retroactively make the original Spider-Man trilogy part of the MCU. That change could sustain fan theories, Easter egg hunts, and nitpicky analyses for years to come.

On the flip side, that change also sounds like a headache Marvel would want no part of. Moreover, at the age of 39, Maguire is way, way out of the teen age range Marvel is reportedly looking for.

Shameik Moore in Dope

Shameik Moore (19)

You probably haven’t heard of Shameik Moore, but that’s about to change. Moore was deemed this year’s Sundance breakout following his energetic performance in Dope, a coming-of-age dramedy. It also happens that his character was a geeky (but not too geeky) honors kid who gets caught up in a crazy adventure, which sounds like pretty good practice for playing Spider-Man.

Stephan James in Home Again

Stephan James (21)

Although Stephan James didn’t have a ton of screentime in Selma, he nearly stole the scene every time he showed up. That’s all the more impressive considering that the cast included David Oyelowo in one of 2014’s best performances, and that James’ performance wasn’t particularly flashy. He’s simply the kind of actor that has presence, even if all he’s doing in a scene is listening intently. Portraying an iconic superhero should be a cinch for him.

Thomas Brodie-Sangster in The Maze Runner

Thomas Brodie-Sangster (24)

While Thomas Brodie-Sangster isn’t your typical action hero type, that could work in his favor if Marvel and Sony are looking to go in a brainier direction with the character. As Newt in The Maze Runner and Jojen Reed in Game of Thrones, he exudes the kind of intellectual curiosity that might lead a young man to lean into his newfound spider-powers by inventing all sorts of gadgets to go with it. Though he’s one of the older actors on this list, he could easily pass for 18.


Mull over our last few picks on the next page, and then let us know whom you’d like to see play Spidey.

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