Ever since Marvel/Sony confirmed that Andrew Garfield would not be coming back to reprise his role as Spider-Man in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the Internet has been in a tizzy trying to figure out which young actor will take his place.
Cries far and wide have been heard regarding this major casting decision. From the general Internet sentiment, it sounds like fan favorite to play the Web-Slinger next, well, aside from bringing back Garfield is Teen Wolf's Dylan O'Brien.
To the disappointment of his fans, a few weeks ago he told BuzzfeedNews that he hasn't heard anything regarding the role:
Professionally, I haven’t heard anything about it. I’ve only heard from, like, [rumors] online.
It feels so weird to say, it’s so funny. My friends from New Jersey are calling me. They’re like, what are you not telling me, dude?! Spider-Man?!
O'Brein reiterated those points to Celebified on the PaleyFest red carpet. Check out his interview below:
When asked if playing Peter Parker in Spider-Man would work with his Teen Wolf career, O'Brein made the following statement:
Funny enough, probably not, but who knows? I have not even heard about this job other than like in these little interviews. It only just means that you then kind of go, “I know it’s not true” or “Did I black out yesterday? Did I get a call?”
While he seems pretty steadfast in sticking to the story that Marvel hasn't gotten in touch with him yet, it would seem a bit strange for a couple of reasons.
Firstly, for all of this Internet buzz to exist the rumors had to have started somewhere. Sure, there's a possibility that it was all sparked off by fans, but that's not necessarily the case here. Just because O'Brein is saying that he's not in talks, doesn't mean that he's not lying a bit. He is an actor, after all.
Second, since he is such a frontrunner in the Internet's hearts and minds, it would almost be weird for Marvel to not take a look at the 23-year-old who is generating so many rumors!
This would't be the first time that an actor played it cool until making their official statements. For weeks, Benedict Cumberbatch skirted rumors that he would be playing Marvel's Doctor Strange until it was finally, and officially announced in December of last year.
While at the moment Dylan O'Brien's fans are left with bated breath, there's no need to lose hope just yet! It's not over until the Marvel producers sing. That's a saying, right?
In any case, I trust Marvel (maybe almost too much), and I think that whoever ends up being cast as Spider-Man will be right for the role. Maybe they'll even get J.K. Simmons!
Who do you think should play the next Spider-Man? Let me know in the comments section!