Spider-Man will join the Marvel Cinematic Universe next year before swinging his way into yet another reboot in 2017. Two actors have played the character since he first made his live-action big screen debut in 2002, but Marvel’s involvement in this next version might just make it the most highly anticipated yet.
Seeing Spidey line up with The Avengers is a mind-blowing prospect, while Kevin Feige having a say in his next solo outing after the disappointing disaster that was The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is a massive relief.
So, with all the signs pointing to a new Spider-Man, who should take over the role? There are those who believe that Miles Morales (the son of an African American father and a Latina mother) will be the Spidey we meet in Captain America: Civil War, but Marvel hasn’t spent the past few years offering Sony billions of dollars for the rights to the character to now go ahead and use essentially a C-List version of Spider-Man!
The fact that Peter Parker was also mentioned directly in the press release appears to have gone over the head of some. Of course, there’s every chance that they go for a non-white actor, but based on the response that the race changing of minor characters like Heimdall and Perry White has received, it ultimately makes such a drastic alteration seem incredibly unlikely. It’s sad in this day and age that that happens, but it does.
So, who could play a classic version of the Peter Parker from the comic books? What makes them right for the role and why would Marvel and Sony ever consider them for Spider-Man? Here are ten suggestions…
10. Tobey Maguire
We might as well start this feature with a complete outsider, so who better to fill that role than Tobey Maguire? Spider-Man fans on social media have certainly been vocal about the possibility, with many believing that Marvel and Sony should resurrect Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man series. As cool as that might be for older moviegoers, there’s now a whole generation out there who that trilogy isn’t relevant too, so this would be far from a box office draw. At 39, Maguire is arguably also far too old for what the studios are said to be after. Even so, there’s definitely something appealing about the “classic” Spidey teaming with The Avengers.