ByEugenio Iacono, writer at
Eugenio Iacono

I've always wanted to do a Spider-Man fancast and since rumor has it that the wall crawler might return in the loving arms of mother Marvel, I took the opportunity right away. Another rumor has it that Andrew Garfield would not return as the titular character, as Marvel would like to start fresh...and I really don't blame them. Don't get me wrong, Garfield was amazing in the role (better than Tobey Maguire, in my opinion), but Sony kinda fucked up the franchise. Thus, do not expect any of the previous actors in any role.

So let's start.


Peter Parker/Spider-Man

Dylan O'Brien (Teen Wolf; The Maze Runner)

Since I've watched the first season of Teen Wolf, he has been my fancast for the character: he just fits so well, it's truly amazing! Plus a short list of Marvel top choices for the role came out and he was in there. If they cast him, I can surely get behind the fact that Garfield would not return!

Aunt May

Jamie Lee Curtis (True Lies; NCIS)

Since I saw her in NCIS I thought she totally looked like the Ultimate version of Aunt May, and thanks to my "incredible memory" I remembered her when I had to find the right actress for this role. Aside from the perfect look, she is a really good actress and I think she would nail the part.

Uncle Ben

Bruce Boxleitner (Tron franchise; Babylon 5 franchise)

Pretty talented actor who looks and can act the part, need I add more?

Other considered: Richard Gere (Shall We Dance?; Pretty Woman; Chicago)

Mary Jane Watson

Jane Levy (Evil Dead; Suburgatory)

Jane Levy would be just perfect as the Spidey's fiery girlfriend: she has the look, she is the right age, and she has quite the acting chops to portray the character.

Other considered: Rachel Hurd Wood (Peter Pan; Dorian Gray)

Gwen Stacy

Emma Roberts (We're The Millers; Unfabulous, American Horror Story)

Roberts has the right look, age, and the acting abilities to play a good mix between classic and Ultimate versions of the character.

Other considered: Taylor Momsen (Gossip Girl) - Left acting career in 2012

George Stacy

Mark Harmon (NCIS; Chicago Hope)

This one was such an easy casting, I mean he pretty much plays the same role in NCIS! He has the look and the age, and could play the character in his sleep. This is just the perfect casting choice.

Other considered: Bruce Greenwood (Star Trek; I, Robot)

Harry Osborn/Green Goblin

Anton Yelchin (Star Trek franchise; Terminator Salvation)

This one was also a no-brainer for me. Yelchin has been my Harry fancast since the 2009 J. J. Abrams's Star Trek. He has the look, the age and acting chops to portrait the role perfectly.

Other considered: Skandar Keynes (The Chronicles of Narnia franchise)

Flash Thompson/Agent Venom

Liam Hemsworth (The Hunger Games franchise)

Liam has the look, the right age, and has for sure the acting abilities to do the character justice and to go deeper than just the bully part; he could also play very well the Agent Venom part of the character.

Liz Allan/Firestar

Shenae Grimes (90210; Degrassi: The Next Generation)

For this casting I took inspiration from the animated series The Spectacular Spider-Man. I am a huge fan of the show and, as you will see, this won't be the only casting in which I will be influenced by this series. Usually in the comics Liz is blonde haired with green eyes and pale skin, whereas in the show she has brown hair and eyes and has tanned skin; I used this version of the character to differentiate her more from Gwen and MJ, which are both light haired, with green/blue eyes and pale skin. Shenae Grimes has the look, the age and for sure enough acting abilities to pull this off.

Others considered: Hayden Panettiere (Heroes; Nashville); Natalie Hall (Star-Crossed; All My Children; Pretty Little Liars) - Both for the classic version of character

J. Jonah Jameson

Hugh Laurie (House M.D.; Tomorrowland)

We all loved J. K. Simmons's performance as the rude editor-in-chief of the Daily Bugle, but I think it's really time to move on. Not only did Simmons play the character two reboots before the possible MCU new run, but also he is becoming quite old for the part. Plus, despite what most people say, I think that there are other actors out there that are capable of portraying the part very well. One over all is without a doubt Hugh Laurie, and if you have seen House you know what I'm talking about: he's witty and yet outspoken, likable and yet rude, just like J.J.J. should be.

Other considered: Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad; Malcolm in the Middle; Argo)

John Jameson/Man-Wolf/Colonel Jupiter

Alan Ritchson (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles; Smallville)

Ritchson is not a great actor, but he would still be enough to portray very well colonel John Jameson. He would also be good as one of the alter egos he could be: Man-Wolf or Colonel Jupiter.

Betty Brant

Emmy Rossum (Shameless; The Phantom of the Opera)

She has the look, the right age and acting abilities to portray the character very well on screen, I don't think there is anything more to be added.

Other considered: Zooey Deschanel (The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy; New Girl)

Robbie Robertson

Dennis Haysbert (24; The Unit; Sin City: A Dame to Kill For)

The veteran actor has the look, the age, and for sure the acting abilities to nail the role. Danny Glover would also be a great choice, but he is quite old for the part.

Other considered: Danny Glover (Lethal Weapon franchise; Mandela)

Curt Connors/The Lizard

Kevin McKidd (Grey's Anatomy; Rome; Percy Jackson & The Olimpians: The Lightning Thief)

McKidd is just a really good actor, he looks the part, has the right age and, if given the chance, would play the part perfectly. Not to speak of his awesome voice (he dubbed Thomas Wayne's Batman in Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox), just imagining that as the Lizard voice makes me shiver.

Felicia Hardy/Black Cat

Amber Heard (3 Days to Kill; The Rum Diary; Zombieland)

Heard is surely the right age (just five years older than Dylan O'Brien), has the perfect look, and has for sure the acting abilities to portray the character.

Norman Osborn/Green Goblin

Jason Isaacs (Harry Potter franchise; Brotherhood; Case Histories)

This is one of the few castings I had in mind for a long time. Isaacs just screams Norman Osborn. His look, the way he acts, just everything. He is slippery and yet charming, he could easily pass as a lead industrialist as well as a psycho dressed up as a goblin. I can tell you right now: he would just nail the role.

Dr. Otto Octavius/Doctor Octopus

Mark Hamill (Star Wars franchise; Batman: The Animated Series)

This is probably the most "out there" casting in this list and yet I can see it working, oh, so well! Hamill has proven to be a great actor with the Star Wars franchise and has proven to be a legendary villain with Batman: TAS. Just merge the two things and you have the perfect Doc Ock: smart and yet crazy, perfect leader of the Sinister Six.

Other considered: Jared Harris (Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows; Mad Men)

Max Dillon/Electro

Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad; Need For Speed; Exodus: Gods And Kings)

You probably have already seen this casting, but it's just so good, that I couldn't help it. Paul has proven to be a great actor and could portray the character perfectly. He also has the look and age down.

Other considered: Jonny Lee Miller (Elementary; Eli Stone)

Flint Marko/Sandman

Adam Baldwin (Firefly; Chuck)

You need a funny and yet tough guy to play someone like the Sandman, and Baldwin nails both points. He is just a little bit old, but has the look and would be just damn perfect for this role.

Alex O'Hirn/Rhino

Jason Statham (The Expendables franchise; Furious 7; Death Race)

I don't know why, but this casting was quite hard for me...and to think that the Rhino is pretty much just a big dull, I really don't know why! I have considered lots of actors from Kevin Durand to Clancy Brown, but none of them really convinced me, one because was too old, another because didn't have the right voice. In the end I returned to one of my first ideas, aka Statham. He is the right age, looks the part, sounds the part and in the end he could actually play pretty damn well the role: I think he's just the best fit.

Others considered: Kevin Durand (The Strain; Lost; Real Steel); Dominic Purcell (Preason Break; Jon Doe; The Flash)

Adrian Toomes/Vulture

Robert Englund (A Nightmare on Elm Street; The Spectacular Spider-Man)

This was a no-brainer for me: I mean, come on! Just look at him! He is the real-life version of the character! And he also dubbed the Vulture in the animated series The Spectacular Spider-Man! It doesn't get better than this!

Other considered: Terry O'Quinn (Lost; Hawaii Five-0; Falling Skies)

Sergei Kravinoff/Kraven the Hunter

Manu Bennett (Arrow; Spartacus; The Hobbit franchise)

Bennett has the look and age down and he proved, with roles like Deathstroke, Azog, and Crixus, that he would absolutely nail the role. And for those of you who might argue that he should be Russian, as the character is, I will just say that the Ultimate version of the character is Australian and Bennett is from New Zealand, which is pretty damn close. He could easily play a mixed version of the two.

Quentin Beck/Mysterio

Zachary Quinto (Star Trek franchise; Heroes; American Horror Story)

Quito is an awesome actor and has the right age, look (even if it isn't that necessary) and charisma to portray the character perfectly.

Herman Schultz/Shocker

Sam Worthington (Avatar; Clash of the Titans)

Worthington could easily play the role very well; he also looks the part, has the right age, the right voice and charisma for the character.

Mac Gargan/Scorpion/Venom

Timothy Olyphant (Justified; Deadwood)

Not only could Olyphant easily play the character, but he could also do justice to the Venom part. And did you hear his voice? Just perfect for both!

Eddie Brock/Venom/Anti-Venom

Jensen Ackles (Supernatural; Batman: Under the Red Hood)

I know, he is quite overused in fancasting, but I wouldn't have brought him if I didn't think he was perfect for this role. I've been a fan of Jensen Ackles since the first few seasons of Supernatural and, I have to say, I think he would nail this role. Not only does he have the acting chops to play it, but also a damn awesome voice. Can you imagine "We are Venom!" said by Ackles? Makes me shiver!

Other considered: Garrett Hedlund (Tron: Legacy; Pan; Eragon)

Cletus Kasady/Carnage

Sharlto Copley (District 9; Elysium; Maleficent)

The dude has acting talent and has proven that by playing some completely different characters. In particular his role as Kruger in Elysium proves how good he would be as Kasady. He has the look, the age and could easliy play a total psycho: I think he fits perfectly!

Other considered: Jackie Earle Haley (Watchmen; A Nightmare on Elm Street)

Roderick Kingsley/Hobgoblin

Giancarlo Esposito (Breaking Bad; Revolution; Once Upon A Time)

This is another casting inspired by The Spectacular Spider-Man animated series: in the comics, Kingsley is white whereas in the show he is African-American. I think that is a great way to introduce some diversity in the villain ranks and I think Esposito would nail the role.

Other considered: Harry Lennix (Man Of Steel; Ray; Dollhouse)

Dr. Michael Morbius/Morbius The Living Vampire

Taylor Kitsch (John Carter; Lone Survivor; X-Men Origins: Wolverine)

Not that much to say here: the guy looks the part, has the right age and the acting abilities to pull the role off.

Dmitri Smerdyakov/Chameleon

Mads Mikkelsen (Hannibal; The Hunt; Casino Royale)

I mean, come on! This is just perfect! Not only does he have the right voice and accent, but Mikkelsen is a terrific actor and would easily make the role his own. He is just the perfect choice for the role.

Miles Warren/Jackal

Gary Oldman (The Dark Knight franchise; Harry Potter franchise; Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes)

Warren doesn't exacly look like that in the comics, so I decided to base his human look on his The Spectacular Spider-Man appearance and cast Oldman for the role. The man is a terrific actor, who has played heroes, villains, maniacal psychos, and much more. Not only he is the right age and looks like the animated character, but he could also play the role perfectly.

Other considered: Andy Serkis (The Lord Of The Rings franchise; Planet Of The Apes franchise)


And that concludes my fancast for the possible MCU Spider-Man reboot. There were tons of other minor characters I planned to fancast, but I had to cut them as the article was going to be way too long (and it already is). Hope you enjoyed reading this and liked my choices; if you have anything to ask or any suggestions just let me know in the comments.


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