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Thanks to– if you want to put it that way– the lackluster performance of ‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2‘, Sony  (who holds the rights to the famous wall-crawler and were hoping to build an entire super hero movie universe around him) instead found themselves in the position to make an agreement with Marvel Studios (who have been hitting home runs with every venture and were eager to bring Spider-Man back into their fold).  As part of this deal, Spidey will be free to appear in Marvel Studios pictures starting with next year’s ‘Captain America: Civil War.’  That movie will lead into a new ‘Spider-Man’ solo movie due out in 2017, co-produced by the two studios.

We recently reported that the search for a new web slinger had narrowed to five potential young actors— Nat Wolff, Asa Butterfield, Tom Holland, Timothee Chalamet and Liam James.  Now it looks as if one of those names has stepped ahead of the pack.  With ‘Civil War’ set to begin production soon, the rush to find a new Spider-Man has ramped up.  It looks like ‘Ender’s Game‘ star Asa Butterfield may be slipping into the wide-eyed mask as Marvel’s most famous hero.

Butterfield was already the most well-known of the five choices.  Not only did he headline the controversial ‘Ender’s Game’, but also Martin Scorsese’s 2011 ‘Hugo.’  He does appear mighty young in those two movies, even though ‘Ender’s game’ just came out last year.  But the youthful actor is actually 18 years old and could presumably be “aged up” with the right styling.

It was previously thought that the search for a new Spider-Man would wait until a director for the hero’s solo movie was chosen.  Though it isn’t official, Drew Goddard looks to be the frontrunner for that gig.

Nothing is confirmed at this point and Butterfield’s reps simply issued a “no comment” when asked about the actor being up for the role.

Do you think Asa Butterfield is a good choice for the new Spidey?  Comment below!

Sources: Latino Review