A couple of weeks ago Sony officially confirmed that Spider-Man would be joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe and that it would be starting fresh with a brand new Web Slinger leaving Andrew Garfield’s out. As reported before, Sony has final approval over casting and the studio is currently looking for someone “much younger” since both Sony and Marvel seem to want to start off with Spider-Man as still attending high school.
When it was first mentioned that Marvel was looking into casting a new actor to play Spider-Man rumors that Logan Lerman and Dylan O’Brien were being eyes for the role. That might not be the case according to The Wrap’s Jeff Sneider (via /Film) as he says that our Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man might not be white. Here’s what Sneider said while being on the Meet the Movie Press podcast:
“Listen, this is not set in stone guys, but I’m telling you right now, Spider-Man’s not gonna be white. Spider-Man is not going to be white … I am 95% sure. Spider-Man’s gonna be, most likely, black. But there’s a chance he could also be Latino. 95% sure, not white.”
Does that mean our new Spider-Man is Miles Morales instead of Peter Parker? While not knowing much about Morales, I do however know that most of the general audience doesn’t know who Miles Morales is. You hear Spider-Man and you automatically connect him to Peter Parker, same way one would connect Batman to Bruce Wayne. A risky move by Marvel and Sony if true but, I wouldn’t be surprised if we do see a Morales story ark in the new films. Sneider wouldn’t confirm that Sony and Marvel are looking for someone to play Morales, but he did include the following:
“I don’t think it’s gonna be Peter Parker.”
Keep in mind that these are just rumors right now, so don’t go running around like a madman just yet. Jeff Sneider also said that this could be a good moment for Marvel to beat DC in which cinematic universe would bring a black comic book character to the big screen first.
If I could throw my two cents into this I would much rather see Peter Parker start the new Spider-Man films and after slowly introducing Miles Morales and give him a soft push into the general audience, then you hand over the Spider-Man suit to him. Another route is that we see both suit up as a web slinger team including Agent Venom! (a nerd can dream right?), but we have to wait until Sony and Marvel reveal the official plan. The new Spider-Man is getting his own solo film on July 28, 2017 and is planned to appear in one of the Marvel cinematic filmsbefore that (everyone’s guess is toward Civil War). Stay tuned as we update you with more news on Spider-Man when more information is released.