It seems as if we all got a little carried away recently with speculation that Marvel Studios and Sony Pictures may have finally gotten their hands on a young actor to play our friendly neighborhood webcrawler. Because, i'm afraid, according to reports, they haven't! They're not even close.
A little over two weeks ago, Ender's Game actor Asa Butterfield was hotly rumored to be the Spider-Man frontrunner and was amidst final negotiations, fending off advances from fellow young thesps Nat Wolff (The Fault in Our Stars), Tom Holland (In The Heart of The Sea), Timothee Chalamet (Interstellar) and Liam James (The Killing).
But the guys over at THR are reporting that Butterfield won't be slipping into the Spider-Suit just yet, for the weekend passed saw another round of super secretive screen-tests occur, this time in Atlanta where Captain America: Civil War is being filmed. The tests were presided over by ex-Sony head and now Spider-Man producer Amy Pascal, Marvel Studios overlord Kevin Feige and Joe and Anthony Russo, directors of Captain America: Civil War.
Out Of Many Comes One...Eventually
The search for Spidey has whittled its way though 1,500 boys from around the world, and settled on a shortlist of 6. And it's all change according to THR's reports, as 4 new names have been thrown into the Spider-Hat.
Joining Butterfield and Holland are Judah Lewis (Point Break), Matthew Lintz (Kill The Messenger), Charlie Plummer (Boardwalk Empire) and Charlie Rowe (Red Band Society).
But Who Are The New Kids?
Both Butterfield and Holland's names have been floating around the casting from almost the beginning, so expect them to most definitely be the strongest candidates for the role.
But the inclusion of Lewis, Lintz, Plummer and Rowe are surprising ones, seeing as they haven't had the greatest amount of screen time between them. But their great advantages are age. Seeing as Marvel and Sony have agreed on a high-school Spidey, the younger the actor they can get, the better he will be able to portray Parker's angst riddled teenage years over the course of a multitude of sequels.
Let's have a closer look at the newcomers:
Young, but, much alike Butterfield, has already amassed a wide variety of roles, including one of Ewan McGregor and Naomi Watt's sons in the heartbreaking The Impossible. The sky's the limit for this youngster, and it's no surprise that he is a rumored frontrunner.
Here's the trailer for The Impossible:
Another young Brit actor with some strong roles under his belt. You may have seen him in Never Let Me Go, Neverland (TV Series) and FOX's Red Band Society.
Here's Red Band Society's trailer:
Judah Lewis, Matt Lintz & Charlie Plummer
Now these three are the youngest of the potential Spideys and would mark a bold yet true to the source Spider-Man, seeing as Parker states in Civil War that he was 15 when he first took up the Spider-Mantle.
The only qualm with hiring these three is working hours. Actors under the age of 18 work significantly less hours than adults. But, if Spidey's role in Civil War is nothing but a cameo, then that shouldn't be a bad thing. Right?
What do you make of that?
A younger Spider-Man means the character will grow within the MCU and move on to his own solo movies, becoming fully acquainted with the character. But an older Spidey means we could've gotten the hero at the apex of his abilities. Which one is better? Who can say but Marvel, or our wallets when it comes to release day!