Per Variety today we learn a little bit more about the “re-calibration” of Sony Spider-Man’s entry into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. I use “re-calibration” because I read another article in which a Hollywood exec used that term in regards to a different rebooted project. Reboots, revamps, re-imaginings (my personal favorite) and now “re-calibration.” Six of one, half dozen of another.
Sony is going younger with its next Spider-Man.
Now that Andrew Garfield is hanging up the red and blue spandex, Sony Pictures is getting ready to put out a casting call to find its next web slinger. The plan is for the character to go back to high school in the next films, Variety has learned from sources with knowledge of the studio’s plans.
A number of actors already have been mentioned as being considered for the role, including “The Maze Runner” and “Teen Wolf’s” Dylan O’Brien and the “Percy Jackson” franchise’s Logan Lerman. Lerman most recently co-starred in Sony’s “Fury.”
Actors have yet to be approached, and sources say Sony is looking to hire a new director to replace “The Amazing Spider-Man” films’ Marc Webb before tapping a new Spidey. The studio also needs to figure out whether it wants to go with another Peter Parker or introduce another character that suits up as Spider-Man, including Miles Morales, whose father is African American and mother is Puerto Rican.
Sony has put the character, played by Tobey Maguire and Garfield, in Midtown High School before, but the plan is to spend more time in the setting and explore his awkward relationship with other students while fighting crime out of the classroom. Midtown is a major setting in the comicbooks, and Peter Parker also returns to the school to become a science teacher in storylines.
Variety also posted an article called ‘Five Ways Sony & Marvel Can Fix Spider-Man,’ which has both good and bad points.
In a nutshell Variety suggests (and I’m paraphrasing through a sarcasm filter):
1.) Get a new star – you know, like Zac Efron.
2.) Get over the origin already.
3.) Ditch Peter Parker for Miles Morales, because Peter Parker is sooo five minutes ago.
4.) Make him an Avenger
5.) Don’t make the tone ‘dark.’
EDIT: Want to add that Variety did not encapsulate those points as above. The snark is all mine.
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