The search for Spider-Man seems to be coming to an end, as Marvel recently tested 6 teen actors going for the prized role on the set of Civil War. Peter Parker's third reincarnation on the big screen is set to appear in next year's [Captain America: Civil War](tag:994409), followed by a solo-film of his own. Though it hasn't been confirmed yet, Asa Butterfield (Ender from Ender's Game) is rumored to be the front-runner for the coveted part; it was even said he was in formal talks with Marvel at one point. However, now that we've seen them screen testing more actors, it's quite possible they could choose another one of the teens to take on the role.
The list of actors Marvel tested on the set of Civil War included: Asa Butterfield, Tom Holland, Judah Lewis, Matthew Lintz, Charlie Plummer, and Charlie Row. Their ages spanned from 14-19, which could be a factor in which actor they choose considering Peter will be in high school during this movie and his own solo film. Regardless of who they choose, however, one thing is for sure; this Spider-Man will be extremely different from how we've seen him portrayed in the past.
Taking the approach of having a high-school Spider-Man is something Marvel could really pull off. It allows them to stay truer to the comics, and at the same time touch on some things that we've never really seen before in the two other Spidey-series. While his appearance in Civil War may not be huge, it should be a substantial introduction for the character; hopefully what we don't get to see of him in Civil War, however, will be shown in his own solo film the next year.
This Spider-Man movie will reportedly focus a lot on his high school interactions with other teens, and what it's like to be a hero while trying to still live a normal life. We got a glimpse of this during The Amazing Spider-Man movies, but it was never fully explored in either the first film or the sequel.
Another major theme of Spider-Man they haven't explored is the humorous side of Peter Parker. We've seen small parts of this shown in his movies, but it was never really depicted like he was in the comics. Whether it's laughing a villain down right before he's about to blow-up the entire world, or making wise-cracks to the Hulk just to piss him off, Spider-Man never misses an opportunity to make a joke.
Though there's been no confirmation on whether Marvel is looking to make a funnier version of Spider-Man this time around, it seems like that's what they're going for. Based on their short-list of directors, whom almost all of which have backgrounds in comedy, it's safe to say they're at least hoping to bring out more humor from Peter Parker. While this does point to a more whimsical film, I wouldn't say it's on track to be an all-out comedy.
What do you think of the new Spider-Man movie? Let me know in the comments if you like the way Marvel seems to be taking the character, or if you prefer the way Peter Parker was shown in any of the other Spider-Man movies. Also, feel free to choose which actor you want to play Spider-Man in the poll below: