After months of near-constant speculation surrounding Sony and Marvel's deal to bring Spider-Man into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, things have settled down a little in recent weeks. Sure, there's still a continual stream of rumors, whispers and murmurings - but they largely seem to be concluding that Marvel and Sony are set to settle on a teenage white kid to play a youthful Peter Parker.
In fact, the vast majority of them seem to conclude that our new Peter has already been pretty much signed - and that it's Asa Butterfield.
What, though, if those rumors and rumblings are a whole lot more off base than they seem? What if we aren't, in fact, set to see Peter Parker at all? What if a long-rumored fan-favorite version of Spidey could still be set to arrive on the big screen? Y'see:
Miles Morales Could Still Be Our New Spider-Man
Yup, that's right: we could still potentially see Miles Morales - the comic book 'Ultimate' Spider-Man, who recently found his way to the mainstream Marvel universe from his alternate reality - be our new Spider-Man in the MCU.
Now, as it turns out, Marvel and Sony may not be quite so set on their new Spidey being Peter Parker as we've been led to believe. Y'see, actor Tyler James Williams (who you'll likely recognize from The Walking Dead, or the classic Everybody Hates Chris) recently spoke to the press about his feelings on superhero movies - and hidden within his massively positive response, he may just have given away a pretty huge behind-the-scenes secret.
Discussing the relative lack of major minority superheroes - and particularly Miles Morales, whose father was African-American and mother Dominican - Williams mentioned in passing that:
"We'll see what happens, where Marvel decides to go with their Spider-Man."
Which, in and of itself, could easily be nothing more than Williams being optimistic about Marvel considering Miles as a possible movie Spider-Man.
Except, of course, for the fact that:
Williams Then Totally Teased That Marvel are Considering Him to Play Spider-Man
Asked about his reaction to Internet rumors linking him to the role, Williams revealed not only his fondness for the character, but also seemingly hinted that he may just have already read for the role:
"I kind of followed the Miles Morales character quite a bit - my brother really did, so he suggested if it goes that way it could work...And I'm open to the idea, I am. I'm not like starting campaigns for it because I trust Marvel. I've read for them before. So I trust what their decisions will be. But yeah, I'd love to do it. I would absolutely love to do it. I think there are a few names in the hat that absolutely do make sense. Kind of who is the best for it. I'd be stoked to do it."
Whether or not the role Williams is referring to having read for before is Morales, though, it's notable that his comments seem to suggest that Marvel and Sony are still very much considering the possibility of Morales being their new Spider-Man. A suggestion, in fact, that Williams reinforced while revealing how he'd feel if Marvel end up going with Peter Parker rather than Morales:
"Yeah, y'know, I'd be disappointed, simply because I think it'd be a nice turn, it'd be, y'know, cool. I think we've seen Peter done so many different ways, but, y'know, I think anything at this point - they're cranking them out, and they're cranking out hits - so if they decide not to go that way it's for a reason."
Which...sure seems to suggest that he knows something about the casting process we haven't yet heard, despite the early suggestions that we'd definitely be seeing Peter Parker.
Part of that, though, is in the manner in which Williams answers the questions - one that suggests he's trying seriously hard to answer honestly while also not revealing too much. You can check it out in video form below, from around the 1:41 mark:
Ultimately, though, it all still seems very much up in the air - and Williams (who seems like just as much of a geek as the rest of us) could well just be speculating himself.
What do you reckon, though?
Do you want to see Miles Morales or Peter Parker in the MCU?