15 Actors Who Should Play the New Spider-Man

Logan Lerman

Logan Lerman (23)

Logan Lerman is another actor who got kinda close to the Spider-Man gig before Andrew Garfield nabbed it in 2010. His perpetually wide-eyed look makes him a good choice if Marvel and Sony want a Spidey who seems more innocent and naive — all the better to get torn up in the Civil War between Captain America and Iron Man. And when the worst comes, Lerman can also handle intensely emotional scenes, as we saw in Fury.

Anton Yelchin in Odd Thomas

Anton Yelchin (25)

It’s not difficult to see why Anton Yelchin has been a popular fan pick. He’s handsome and charismatic enough for a leading-man gig, but unassuming enough to believably portray a geeky kid from Queens. Like Josh Hutchinson and Logan Lerman, he was once in the mix to play the version of Spider-Man that wound up going to Andrew Garfield. But also like Hutchinson and Lerman, he may have aged out of the role by now.

Keith Stanfield in Short Term 12

Keith Stanfield (23)

It was less than two years ago that Keith Stanfield made his feature film debut in Short Term 12, but he immediately marked himself as a talent to watch. It was impossible to look away from him, thanks to his spellbinding mix of warmth and intensity. It’d be fun to see him show off a more playful side as a webslinging hero.


Nick Robinson (19)

Nick Robinson made a splash in 2013 with Kings of Summer, where his fundamental likability kept us rooting for Joe even as the character proved petty and thoughtless in the manner typical of teenage boys. He’s already on the path to bigger and better things, with Jurassic World and then the post-apocalyptic YA adventure The Fifth Wave on the horizon. Marvel and Sony would be smart to snap him up before someone else does.

Tyler James Williams in Dear White People

Tyler James Williams (22)

Dear White People left us wanting to see more of Tyler James Williams. He played outsider Lionel, a geeky kid who has a talent for skating by unnoticed, with a dry intelligence and a low-key charm. Should the occasion call for it, though, he can also amp up the comedy, as he did for four seasons on Everybody Hates Chris.

Asa Butterfield in Ender's Game

Asa Butterfield (17)

The fact that Asa Butterfield led Ender’s Game may work against him, if Marvel and Sony want someone less closely associated with a competing franchise. However, if they can look past that, Ender’s Game makes an excellent cast for casting Butterfield as Spidey. Like Spider-Man, Ender is keenly intelligent, compassionate, and a bit of an outsider, but he can step up to become a strong, tough leader.

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