About two weeks ago, Marvel Studios and Sony Pictures Entertainment dropped a huge bomb on the comic book movie world by announcing that Spider-Man would join the Marvel Cinematic Universe in Phase Three. Though only a few details were revealed at the time, True Believers learned that we’ll be seeing a new web-slinger in theaters on July 28, 2017 and it definitely won’t be ‘The Amazing Spider-Man’ star Andrew Garfield. However, every quote about the new Spidey basically said that we’d be seeing Peter Parker behind the mask yet again, which many fans have expressed their objections about. Although thanks to a new rumor, there may be a new beacon of hope for those of us hoping for something different.
Previously, ‘Perks of Being A Wallflower’ and ‘Percy Jackson’ star Logan Lerman and Dylan O’Brien of ‘The Maze Runner’ and ‘Teen Wolf’ were being discussed as potential replacements for Garfield, but it seems like the studio executives are considering a different direction. While appearing on the Meet the Movie Press podcast recently, The Wrap’s Jeff Sneider shared what he had been hearing about the iconic superhero’s next incarnation:
“Listen, this is not set in stone guys, but I’m telling you right now, Spider-Man’s not going to be white. Spider-Man’s not going to be white. I’m 95% sure. Spider-Man’s going to be most likely black. But there’s a chance he could also be Latino. 95% sure, not white.”
He doesn’t exactly say, “The new Spider-Man will be Miles Morales,” but it sure sounds like that’s what he’s trying to insinuate. The reporter is known for being reliable and responsible with news, so it’s unlikely that he’d say something major like that without a really good source. And if this information does end up being true, then that’s good news for Donald Glover, the actor that many fans rallied around to play Spider-Man on the big screen in 2010, right? Well, maybe.
After hearing about the upcoming Marvel/Sony reboot, the ‘Community’ star spoke with Yahoo! Movies to promote his new movie ‘The Lazarus Effect’ and weighed in on whether he’d still want to play the part. Naturally, as a fan of Spidey, Glover would love to, but he’s no longer campaigning for the role. Check out what he had to say in the video below:
At least the former Troy Barnes was able to voice Morales in the ‘Ultimate Spider-Man’ cartoon on Disney XD opposite Drake Bell’s Peter Parker. But where does that leave us with choices for the new Spider-Man set to debut in ‘Captain America: Civil War’? Will we get the classic (and somewhat played out at this point) version of Spider-Man or will we get something new, exciting, and diverse? I think that I might have a solution: Why not both?
Stay with me for a second. Peter Parker appears in ‘Civil War’ and plays his part in the story. It doesn’t matter if he’s the seasoned veteran hero or the young high school upstart. Either version works for this scenario. Then for the 2017 film, Parker forms a relationship with the young and super-powered Miles Morales and teaches him all about the “With great power comes great responsibility” speech. But in the second act, Spidey meets his demise at the hands of the Green Goblin (or some other epic villain). Parker’s death inspires Miles to take up the mantle after that and he goes on to defeat the big bad in the end.
In this scenario, multiple parties win. It has been said that Marvel and Sony want their Spider-Man to be in high school again. By having Miles in the story, we get that. Since it seems like ever Spider-Man movie apparently needs an origin story, we get another new one that we haven’t seen before thanks to the fan favorite half Black/half Hispanic hero. Then, fans who are dead set on Peter Parker being Spider-Man get to see exactly that (at least for a little bit). Finally, people clamoring for diversity and championing Miles Morales as the next Spider-Man get what they want too. Just make sure that we have the right people writing and directing this thing and we’re all set. Marvel and Sony were able to compromise once. Maybe they can do it again and make their whole fan base happy.
How do you think this will all play out with Marvel and Sony’s new Spider-Man? Do you think that we’ll definitely be seeing Peter Parker again? Do you think that there’s a chance that the studios could go with Miles Morales? And what do you think about my scenario for the next incarnation of the friendly neighborhood wall-crawler? Let us know in the comments.