Unless you've been living under a rock for the past week, you know that Sony and Marvel have officially made a deal for Spider-Man to appear in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). He's set to appear in either [Captain America: Civil War](movie:994409) or Doctor Strange, with a solo film accompanying in 2017. Millions of comic book and Spidey fans rejoiced! It's nice to finally see Spidey with Marvel Studios, where he rightfully belongs.
Sadly (for some anyway), Andrew Garfield is out as Peter Parker. As the studio wishes to cast a much younger Peter in a high school setting, which won't work for 30-something year old Garfield. So, along with a new director and movie a new Peter is also in order! And there have already been tons of rumors surrounding possible casting choices like Maze Runner's Dylan O'Brien, Percy Jackson's Logan Lerman, and rapper/actor Donald Glover.
In the midst of all this craze and rumors who do I put my money on playing the famous webhead? Well, Mr. Dylan O'Brien! But why is that? Well, it's simple actually: He's different.
Allow me to explain.
For so long it's been between Tobey and Andrew
One of the biggest questions of Spider-Man movie fans is who is the best Peter Parker? Tobey Maguire or Andrew Garfield. What people don't realize is that these two actors are portraying their own different versions of Peter Parker. Maguire is portraying the intelligent, awkward, super dorky, bad luck magnet while Garfield is portraying the intelligent, awkward, outcasted, bad luck magnet. Both are spectacular (or amazing *ba dum tss*) in giving us their own versions of Peter and I believed that's why they were cast as the web-slinger at their times.
Andrew and Tobey brought us something different to the table and that was the highlight of the series' in my own opinion. Now, I bet you're wondering why I told you all this and how it pertains to the subject. Well, once again, it's very simple: Dylan O'Brien would be a very different Spider-Man to the ones we've already seen.
Not that Logan Lerman wouldn't be a good Peter, he was great in Fury and [The Perks of Being a Wallflower](movie:45866). He'd make a great Peter if they're going for a Tobey-esque Spidey film. But if Marvel and Sony are looking for a fresh new look to get people more interested in the world of Peter Parker then O'Brien is where it's at.
People don't want to see the same movie they've seen before, it's a fact. With Spidey it's gonna be even more tricky to start a fresh new series due to the fact there've already been three reboots in less than a decade. O'Brien provides that difference between Maguire and Garfield, he isn't a super model and he isn't a shallow or dull individual either. He's a intelligent, witty, and a naturally funny young person. He's very likable and charming in his own right.
Dylan O'Brien's got what it takes
Don't believe me? Just watch his role as Stiles Stilinski on the TV show, Teen Wolf. His character is an awkward, outcasted, righteous nerd who is basically somewhat of a Peter Parker clone. O'Brien's role in the romantic comedy The First Time also shows he can handle comedy and drama. Or just watch [The Maze Runner](movie:575895), O'Brien is able to be an action hero while delivering a solid performance. When Maze Runner opened with very little advertisement it became a sleeper hit, grossing ten times it's budget, and went on to become a record breaking film. People like O'Brien and want to see him in more films. He has just the right energy and presence to rejuvenate life into a Spider-Man that has to stand along side the likes of Thor and Captain America. Not to mention his ever expanding fan base and talents. He is a rising star, and I think Sony and Marvel would be insane not to cast him.
When I think of Lerman or Freddie Highmore in the Spidey suit cracking cheesy jokes and battling evil doers alongside Hulk and Iron Man it doesn't seem too right. They wouldn't be bad Peters, but they wouldn't make memorable Spider-Men. And at the end of the day that's the key, making the audience believe this unassuming, awkward yet gifted teenage boy could be a courageous superhero. O'Brien could be both a unassuming, awkward, outcasted, teenage nerd but also be a witty, charming, and righteous hero as Spider-Man, he has that edge. And that is exactly who Peter Parker is.
Think of it like this, when you think Tony Stark you think Robert Downey Jr., right? When you think Loki you think Tom Hiddelson, right? Well, when I think of the MCU's Peter Parker, I think Dylan O'Brien.