We never thought we'd ever get to see Spider-Man in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, at least not this soon. But Marvel and Sony fulfilled many fan-boy dreams by announcing their deal a few months ago which really shook things up schedule-wise for the MCU.
There were many fans speculating on who would be under the mask between Peter Parker and Miles Morales.
The speculation began because many assumed that Marvel Studios and Sony would want to separate themselves from the two prior adaptations of the character. But alas, it was still fan-favorite Peter Parker who won the battle of showcasing his own film once more, and this time, it's in the MCU!
That of course, led to more speculation as to who they were looking for to play the actor. Many fans wanted Andrew Garfield (the most recent actor to play the web-head) to step back under the mask while others wanted Toby Maguire to don the mask once again and be an adult-version of Spider-Man.
But even these rumors (or wishful-thinking) were put to rest when it was stated that the two studios were looking to cast a much younger actor to better focus on the challenges Peter Parker face between balancing being a big-time superhero and being a high-school wallflower.
Many (myself included) were rooting for Asa Butterfield who had been openly expressing his enthusiasm to play the part on reddit.
But even THAT was shot down whenever it was announced that Butterfield ruined his own chances by being too vocal about getting the part or at least being talks to play the part.
This was a heart-breaker for many as so much support was being shown to Butterfield to play Spider-Man.
NOW WE HAVE OUR SPIDER-MAN!
So once Butterfield no longer became the center of fan support, names were juggled around between different, younger actors. But it looks like Tom Holland (The Impossible) has won himself one of the biggest roles of his young lifetime!
The 19-year-old actor will find himself included into the Phase Three of Marvel Cinematic Universe. If that isn't a career start, I don't know what is!
Here's what Amy Pascal of Sony had to say:
“Sony, Marvel, Kevin and I all knew that for Peter Parker, we had to find a vibrant, talented young actor capable of embodying one of the most well-known characters in the world. With Tom, we’ve found the perfect actor to bring Spider-Man’s story into the Marvel Cinematic Universe.”
Tom Rothman of Sony also had some good things to say about the young actor:
"For Spidey himself, we saw many terrific young actors, but Tom’s screen tests were special. All in all, we are off to a roaring start.”
NOW WE HAVE OUR SPIDER-MAN DIRECTOR!
It wasn't just the big news of who was playing Spider-Man that was released today, but who will be the man behind the camera as well. Cop Car director Jon Watts has been signed on to direct the July 28, 2017 release.
Here's what Tom Rothman also had to say in regards to hiring on this fresh, newer director to helm Spider-Man:
“It’s a big day here at Sony. Kevin, Amy and their teams have done an incredible job,” Tom Rothman, Sony Pictures Motion Pictures Group Chairman, said. “The Marvel process is very thorough, and that’s why their results are so outstanding. I’m confident Spider-Man will be no exception. I’ve worked with a number of up-and-coming directors who have gone on to be superstars and believe that Jon is just such an outstanding talent."
And of course, MCU mastermind Kevin Fiege had some wonderful things to say about the director:
“As with James Gunn, Joss Whedon, and the Russo brothers, we love finding new and exciting voices to bring these characters to life,” Kevin Feige added “We spent a lot of time with Jon and find his take and work inspiring.”
There you have it! We finally have a face to put under the Spider-Man mask! What do you guys think? Is this a good casting choice? Is the director fit to take on Spider-Man? Should Spider-Man even get a re-reboot? Sound off in the comments section below and don't forget to vote in the poll!