December 19, 2014

RUMOR: Marvel Studios Wants A Post-CIVIL WAR Teenaged SPIDER-MAN For Solo Reboot?

Take the following as a straight-up rumor, considering this isn't coming from DailyBeast. ComicBookMovie is claiming to have discovered an email from a Sony executive that reveals Marvel's plan for a Spider-Man reboot. That they don't want to have him involved with Captain America: Civil War, instead having him living in the wake of those events. Wanting Peter Parker to be a teenager still in high school and living in Queens with Aunt May.

I have to assume this means Peter gets his powers after Civil War, which would explain his absence in all the New York events in Phase 1-3 and Hell's Kitchen centric Netflix shows. A better angle than some unconvincing plot that would force Andrew's Spidey into the MCU.

I'm curious if Drew Goddard's (Daredevil, Cloverfield, Cabin In The Woods, The MartianSinister Six due out in 2016 will indeed be the first installment of this reboot. BadassDigest suggested this was the talk at the studio before the Sony leak, so it's extremely possible. CBM also mentions that Marvel wants a second solo film out in theatres before 2019. This makes obvious sense to keep pushing releases, I'm sure Sony would be ecstatic for that to happen.

The Russo Brothers are apparently angling to produce the new series of films, not directing. As they have four other large productions to focus on with Captain America: Civil War, The Gray Man, Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 and Avengers: Infinity War Part 2. These films would likely stop them from making a Spider-Man solo outting before 2020. Which doesn't mean Spider-Man would be excluded from The Russos' Infinity War movies. I just don't see them jumping from Avengers/Captain America to focus on solo Spider-Man, outside of a producing role.

Potential directors for the reboot could include Sony darlings Phil Lord and Chris Miller (21 Jump Street, 22 Jump Street, Lego Movie, Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs 1-2), as revealed in a leaked director's list that was pitched to the studio. It also included high-profiled directors such as Brad Bird, Edgar Wright, James Gunn and Joe Cornish. Lord/Miller have been linked to this reboot, replacing Marc Webb on Amazing Spider-Man 3 and even an animated Spidey feature. I'm sure Sony will be pitching the duo hard to Marvel.

They also claim that the first crossover into the Marvel cinematic universe could be with Avengers: Infinity War. Something I've been saying since the possible deal emerged, as we constantly keep hearing the ship has sailed on any major role. Infinity War would allow Parker's science knowledge and heroics to play equal parts, also allowing the origin of Venom to be explored.

This is seemingly yet another in a list of reasons why Andrew Garfield isn't returning as Peter Parker. Even with all the fan campaigns and twitter hashtags, it's never going to happen folks. That's mostly due to Sony's rumored (via LatinoReview) firing of Marc Webb, Andrew Garfield and even possibly removing producer Avi Arad from the franchise. Scrapping pretty much everyone involved with the current blundering series of films. The age range would also seemingly put fan-favorite Donald Glover out of the running. Hopefully Marvel and Sony still consider him for the on screen version of Miles Morales.

We haven't heard anything concerning names in the mix for the recasting but some interesting ones have been put out there on Twitter. I've been mentioning rising actor Tye Sheridan (Mud, Scouts vs Zombies, Yellow Birds, Dark Places, Tree of Life, Joe) for the role as he just turned eighteen making him a prime candidate for the teenage Peter Parker.

Another suggestion points to Maze Runner's Dylan O'Brien who is slowly getting some fan support and being in his early twenties could pull off a high school kid. Remember Jonah Hill was almost the same age as Seth Rogen when he took the lead role in Superbad. Let's just not mess around by hiring another actor pushing 30.

Slightly younger than Dylan is Logan Lerman (Gamer, Fury, Perks of Being A Wallflower, Percy Jackson, Noah), who revealed to press about being in early talks for the Spider-Man reboot. HitFix reported back in 2010 that they thought he was a lock for the first reboot. Deadline trashed the story with a direct quote from Sony, who hired Garfield instead. Four years later and we're still considering him for the role, which has some backing by LatinoReview. Here's what Logan told to AccessHollywood back in 2010.

“It’s just, you know, conversations are starting. It’s a long process with the studio and the producers and everything. But it’s definitely a project that I’m really interested in, of course. I’d love to focus on the human element a little bit more. It’d be such a fun experience.” 

Fan demand has possibly influenced Marvel's recent casting of fan-favorites Chadwick Boseman for Black Panther and Benedict Cumberbatch for Doctor Strange. Since both had huge backing of the online fan and blogging community. If Marvel indeed gets creative control, I'm sure they'll be keeping fan suggestions in mind during the recasting.

It's been rumored that Marvel's Kevin Feige will be attending the Sony's Spidey summit next month. Even more broad claims have been made that the deal has already been made, and the fine details just have to be worked-out between the two studios. I'm still in the belief it's only a sure thing when Marvel announces their involvement, which they haven't. Considering a deal hasn't been made don't expect Marvel or Sony to rush into casting just to put a Peter Parker cameo in Civil War either.


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