Now, when the news broke on Monday that Marvel and Sony had finally made a deal, and that Spider-Man would soon be on his way to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, there was pretty much universal joy.
It does, after all, mean that we'll finally get to see Spidey interacting with the rest of the MCU, even if it's just sipping Martini's with Tony Stark and the gang, and that is a very, very good thing.
It does, however, come with a dark cloud hanging overhead. Even before the announcement, there were widespread rumors that Sony were considering jettisoning the current Spider-Man, Andrew Garfield, in favor of a young (and more American) model.
And, if the latest report from Variety is correct...
They Already Know Who They're Replacing Him With
Or, at least, they apparently have two main candidates.
The lucky potential web-slingers? Logan Lerman (a.k.a. Percy Jackson) and Dylan O'Brien (a.k.a. Teen Wolf). They're young, they're handsome, they're capable actors, and...a whole lot of people wouldn't be able to pick them apart in a line-up.
So, let's take a closer look at the duo, and see how well they'd do as our new Spider-Man...
Logan Lerman...vs. Dylan O'Brien
Height: 5' 7" for Lerman, versus a lofty 5' 9" for O'Brien. Both well within the plausible range for a teenaged Peter Parker.
Age: They're both 23 - but look about 17.
Experience: They've both been the lead in major action franchises (the Percy Jackson and Maze Runner series', respectively) as well as showing their range in a whole bunch of other movies.
Dorky Glasses-Wearing Ability: Proven.
Ability to Do Whatever a Spider Can: Unlikely.
Ability to Look Like They Can Do Whatever a Spider Can: Almost Guaranteed.
Which, for me, more-or-less settles it. Both Lerman and O'Brien would make for a pretty darned excellent Spider-Man - it's just a damn shame we can't keep Andrew Garfield in the role...
What do you guys think?
Who'll we end up seeing play Spider-Man in the MCU? Would you be OK with Andrew Garfield stepping down from the role? Could Lerman or O'Brien 'pull a Ruffalo' and re-define the part enough that we fall in love with their version?