Welcome to Casting Call! Where we pick our favorite comic books and do some fantasy casting for them! This week, Marvel Comics Spider-Man!
With the recent casting of Tom Holland as the latest iteration of Peter Parker/Spider-Man, we figured we’d go ahead and give our choices for who should join Holland in the inevitable Spidey reboot, we’ll call it Spectacular Spider-Man. Now mind you, not everyone of these choices would appear in the first film; they could appear in other MCU films first or over the course of several films. Much like the rest of the MCU we’re basing our Spidey film on a combination of Ultimate and 616 Marvel Universes. Without further ado our picks:
Uncle Ben Parker – Tom Hanks
Now the first thought may be, “There’s no way Hanks would do a comic book movie!” To that we say, see Road to Perdition, a movie adaption of a DC Comics graphic novel. Hanks has a great relationship with Disney, he’s been the star of Toy Story films and shorts, and even played Walt himself in Saving Mr. Banks. Playing Peter’s wise uncle in flashbacks (we know the origin already we don’t need to see it again) would be an easy task and lend more oomph to his death for the audience.
Aunt May Parker – Jamie Lee Curtis
Going with the Ultimate version of Aunt May is the best route for the reboot. The 616 Aunt May seems more like a grandmother than an aunt, so we’re going with the younger/hipper Ultimate version of May. Jamie Lee has the cool factor and just something about her that would make us feel at ease of she was our aunt. She’s a star with name power but not out of the budget for a franchise.
Mary Jane Watson – Jane Levy
Levy (Fun Size, Evil Dead, Suburgatory) has the charm and looks to pull off a combo of both versions of MJ. She’s young enough to believable in a high school role and has the looks to be the budding model/actress version of MJ as well.
Gwen Stacy – Annasophia Robb
Following Emma Stone’s fan-favorite turn as Peter’s lost love will be no small feat, however, Robb has the acting chops and looks to pull it off. Robb (Soul Surfer , Bridge to Terabithia, The Carrie Diaries) along with Levy will be great along with Tom Holland’s Peter in this love triangle.
Harry Osborn/Green Goblin 2 – Logan Lerman
We have yet to have a Harry Osborn that we’ve believed as Peter’s best friend, Lerman may be able to give Harry that missing emotional connection. A great young actor, Lerman (Fury, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Percy Jackson) could actually make the audience feel for Harry’s slow decent into madness, drugs, and ultimately Peter’s toughest villain.
Norman Osborn/Green Goblin – Clive Owen
Willem DaFoe’s Osborn was the crazy psycho we expected, albeit short-lived. Chris Cooper never had a chance to show what he could do with the role, but his very brief part as Norman was the cruel father we knew from the comics. Clive Owen (Sin City, Inside Man, I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead) could very well be the one actor to put both of those together and give us our most fearsome Norman Osborne yet.
J Jonah Jameson – JK Simmons
Why mess with perfection? Simmons IS JJJ. Next.
Otto Octavius/Dr. Octopus – Alfred Molina
See the previous statement and add in that Molina has stated that he would love to reprise Doc Ock again.
Adrian Toomes/The Vulture – Steve Buscemi
Playing the aged criminal who happens upon a powered suit that gives him flight, is just the role for Buscemi. His criminal roles (Fargo, The Sopranos, Boardwalk Empire, Reservoir Dogs, Miller’s Crossing) are all he needs to show to be approved for this role.
Eddie Brock/Venom – Channing Tatum
Big, muscular, and not afraid to take roles outside his wheelhouse, Tatum (G.I. Joe, 21 Jump Street, Fighting, Haywire) is our perfect choice for Eddie Brock. Tatum could easily play scary and intimidating.
Sergei Kravinoff/Kraven the Hunter – Jeffrey Dean Morgan
With his performances in Watchmen, The Resident, and The Losers it’s easy to see why we picked Morgan for the role of Spidey’s most feared villain, and the only one to ever soundly defeat and bury alive the web-head.
Cletus Kassiday/Carnage – Cam Gigadet
Able to play the bad guy very well (Twilight, Never Back Down, Tresspass), Gigadet has the look and the right amount of crazy to play Kassiday.
Max Dillon/Electro – Zach Ward
Ward (Postal, Resident Evil: Apocalypse, Transformers) is mostly known from A Christmas Story as Scut Farkus, but is a relative no-name. This role could thrust him into the spotlight and keep him there. Jamie Foxx’s turn as Electro in the last Spider-Man film was a flop with fans. This version could be truer to the source material and a little more unstable.
Felicia Hardy/Black Cat – Ashley Greene
Greene (Twilight, LOL, CBGB) is a great actress that could tempt Holland’s Peter into looking the other way while she commits her crimes.
Quentin Beck/Mysterio – Zachary Quinto
Quinto (Star Trek, Heroes, Hitman: Agent 47, Margin Call) is our choice to play the former Hollywood effects master turned criminal. Aside from Spock in Star Trek, Quinto is mostly known from TV shows and playing the bad guy, this seems a natural fit.
Roderick Kingsley/Hobgoblin – Kevin Bacon
Rumors have been swirling for awhile now about Kevin Bacon (The Following, Hollow Man, Tremors, Stir of Echoes, and a million more movies!) joining the MCU in a role. He has previously played Sebastian Shaw in the X-Men: First Class film and moving over to another Marvel movie feels right. He plays a great villain, he’s a known commodity, and he’s KEVIN BACON! Nuff said.
Flint Marko/Sandman – Kevin McKidd
Big, imposing, and can possibly have his face turn later; McKidd (Rome, The Last Legion, Kingdom of Heaven) is the perfect choice for the bad guy who later becomes a reserve Avenger!
Aleksi Sytesvich/The Rhino – Nathan Jones
Paul Giamatti was funny as Aleksi is the last Spidey film…but the Rhino isn’t supposed to be a little, funny, Russian man. He should be a huge, intimidating, beast of a man. Jones (The Protector, Troy, Mad Max, Fearless) is all of those things and more.
Curt Connors/The Lizard – Hugh Laurie
The former Dr. House as the current Dr. Connors? So much yes.
Morlun – Peter Stormare
The life force stealing, spider-totem killing, time travelling bad guy is a natural match for the always creepy Stormare (Fargo, 8MM, Constantine, Rage, Lockout).
Dmitri Smerdyakov/Chameleon – Vincent Cassel
Cassel (Eastern Promises, Ocean’s 12, Black Swan, Brotherhood of the Wolf), a phenomenal actor and highly underrated, could easily play the many-faced, adopted brother of Kraven.
Stan Carter/Sin-Eater – Matthew Fox
The former SHIELD Agent turned religious serial killer wouldn’t be too difficult for Fox (Lost, Speed Racer, Vantage Point) to play, just see his turn in Alex Cross.
Angelina Brancale/Stunner – Gina Carano
Playing Doc Ock’s love interest and muscle is none other than Gina Carano (Haywire, Fast & Furious 6, Blood and Bone). Playing tough ladies on film is no problem for this former UFC fighter and American Gladiator.
Frances Barrison/Shriek – Taylor Momsen
The Bonnie to Cletus Kassiday’s Clyde is played by Momsen (Gossip Girl, How the Grinch Stole Christmas). She has the bad girl look down pat and would ook quite menacing standing next to Cam Gigadet’s Carnage.
Morris Bench/Hydro Man – Tyler Mane
We just like Tyler Mane (Halloween, X-Men, Troy) so there.
Herman Schultz/Shocker – Tobey Maguire
A nod to the previous Spider-Man films, Maguire (Spider-Man 1-3, The Great Gatsby, Brothers) would be a fun cameo. Or the homage could be payed by playing Richard Parker in a flashback….hmmmm.
Mac Gargan/Scorpion – Aaron Paul
Another actor we just love. Paul (Breaking Bad, Need For Speed, Exodus, The Last House on The Left) plays the bad guy so well, we see no reason to change that now.
The rest of Peter’s supporting cast is as follows:
Captain George Stacy – Jon Hamm
Betty Brant – Camilla Belle
Liz Allen – Dakota Fanning
Robbie Robertson – Taye Diggs
Captain Jean DeWolff – Abbie Cornish
Let us know what you think of these choices! If you love them, like them, don’t agree, or are just indifferent drop us a comment!