The announcent that Sony and Marvel had reached a deal to allow Spider-Man to join the Marvel Cinematic Universe raised cries of joy among fans everywhere, and right now they’re in the process of choosing who the next Peter Parker will be. A couple weeks back it was revealed that they had been screen testing six high school age actors for the role. Not among those listed, but apparently a hopeful for the role was Chandler Riggs, who also plays Carl on AMC’s TV adaptation of Robert Kirkman’s ‘The Walking Dead.’ On Thursday, Riggs announced via his Twitter account that he did not get the role but he wished luck to whoever does get it:
— ChandlerRiggs (@ChandlerRiggs) June 11, 2015
It’s not clear if Riggs actually auditioned for the role or not, but if he’s announcing it like this then at the least he had been interested in the role and may have pursued it. The potential Peter Parkers that have been named are Asa Butterfield, Tom Holland, Judah Lewis, Matthew Lintz, Charlie Plummer, and Charlie Rowe. Judging by internet buzz, Butterfield seems to be the most popular pick, however that doesn’t necessarily mean much to the execs at Marvel and Sony. It was rumored a while ago that he had already secured the role, but that proved to be unfounded rather quickly.
To be honest, Butterfield is the only one of the actors in this group I’ve ever heard of before, and that’s due to the ‘Ender’s Game‘ movie, which I personally didn’t care much for. I will admit that I thought Butterfield did a pretty decent job in the title role despite the movie’s overall underwhelming quality. I think he could probably do a pretty good job as Spider-Man as he’s got the acting chops for it, but age may also be a factor. If they’re looking for a high school age kid who will stay young over the course of several years and movies, then Butterfield might not be the best choice since he’s on the older side of that while some of the younger actors are barely freshmen. Granted, Hollywood has plenty of ways of making people look younger than they are, so it may or may not be the deciding factor. It’s all just speculation at this point. It’s important to keep in mind that when it comes to movies, nothing is certain until the contracts are signed and the check has cleared.
Still, who do you think would make a good Spider-Man? Are you disappointed that Chandler Riggs wasn’t considered? As I said, I’m not familiar with the works of any of these actors except Butterfield and Riggs. Are they any good? Let me know who you think the best choice would be in the comments below.