It’s the end of the world as we know it: Sony and Marvel have reached an agreement, and our friendly, neighborhood Spider-Man will finally appear in the blockbuster Marvel Cinematic Universe. That’s great news for every comic book nerd out there and not-so-fabulous of an update for current Spidey Andrew Garfield. According to the report, the next film will feature a “brand-new version of the web-slinger,” which means, yes, we’ll be seeing the third reboot of the character in less than 20 years. Frustrating, pointless, annoying, say what you will, but this is the best thing to happen for the franchise.
Last year’s The Amazing Spider-Man 2 was a disaster, critically, commercially, and spiritually. While Garfield continued to sparkle, the story around him became more and more cluttered with retooled tropes from Sam Raimi’s trilogy and a number of stylistic cues that would be best served at Ultra Music Festival. Sony’s to blame for much of the mess, thanks to a warped perspective on what a cinematic universe might entail, but whatever, all that’s behind us now and that’s a good thing. Let’s just hope the creative minds behind Captain America: Civil War know we don’t need an origin story for Peter Parker.
But that leaves an empty, vital spot for many, many actors to go after. Consequence of Sound slept on last night’s news and came up with a collection of 10 actors that could easily swing through New York City. A few are very familiar, and we account for their inclusion, but many are straight outta Sundance and ready to spin some webs. Click ahead and offer your own thoughts below.
–Michael “J.J. Jameson” Roffman