With Marvel Studios and Sony coming to terms earlier this year to share the big screen rights to Spider-Man, one of the agreed provisions was to once again reboot the character and wipe clean the wall crawler’s cinematic history for all future adventures. New reports claim a casting announcement is imminent, possibly coming this week.
With great power comes great responsibility, and both Marvel/Disney and Sony are taking it to the bitter end in coming to terms on the crucial decision on who will be the new Spider-Man. The iconic web slinger, who has been exclusively appearing in films produced by Sony Pictures since 2002, is set to make his official first big swing into (the Disney-owned) Marvel Cinematic Universe in Captain America: Civil War, which is currently in production. Marvel and Sony have only so much time left to decide before the (as of now unannounced) actor has to show up on the Atlanta set to shoot scenes.
Deadline reports the short list has been narrowed down to four candidates: the frontrunners Tom Holland (The Impossible, How I Live Now) and Charlie Rowe (Walking With Dinosaurs), followed by Matthew Lintz (Pixels, Kill The Messenger) and Charlie Plummer (Boardwalk Empire).
This latest version of Spider-Man will appear in the Civil War first for Marvel/Disney and then be back in solo film action for Sony (co-produced by Marvel) in July 2017. Spidey will join Earth’s Mightiest Heroes in Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity War, Part One set May 2018 and continue on from there as a Marvel regular player.
Captain America: Civil War will be an unprecedented Marvel movie epic that will in all likelihood easily trump this year’s Avengers: Age of Ultron for sheer all-star superhero appearances. With the addition of Spider-Man to the incredible line-up, the sky’s the limit for the film based on the Mark Millar penned-comic book arc that puts Iron Man and Captain America on opposing sides of the law resulting in a government registration act implemented for costumes heroes with secret identities.
In a pivotal scene from the comics, Spider-Man reveals himself as Peter Parker to the world during a live televised press conference, and sides with Tony Stark’s pro-government stance. It will be interesting to see if this path for Spider-Man makes it into the film since this new take will firmly have him as a teenager back in high school. It would no doubt be a really unique new take for the movie version to have Peter Parker trying not only to balance life as a part time superhero, but also one who no longer has a secret identity.
Captain America: Civil War‘s all star line-up includes Chris Evans (Captain America), Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man), Scarlet Johansson (Black Widow), Anthony Mackie (Falcon), Sebastian Stan (Winter Soldier), Jeremy Renner (Hawkeye), Elizabeth Olsen (Scarlet Witch), Paul Bettany (Vision), Emily Van Camp (Agent 13), Paul Rudd (Ant-Man), Daniel Brühl (Baron Zemo), Frank Grillo (Crossbones), William Hurt (General Ross) and Chadwick Boseman making his debut as Black Panther.
More to come on this soon.