Marvel And Sony Cast New Spider-Man

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Marvel And Sony Cast New Spider-Man

After months of anticipation, Marvel Studios and Sony Pictures have cast their shared Spider-Man star and director.

Last February, the dreams of many superhero fans finally came true - Spider-Man was joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe in a shared venture between Marvel Studios and Sony Pictures. But the biggest question, outside of which movie would introduce Peter Parker, is who would be the new Spider-Man? Now Marvel and Sony have revealed their star and a director for his upcoming film. Tom Holland will be the new Spider-Man while Jon Watts will direct the 2017 movie.

"It's a big day here at Sony," Sony Pictures Chairman Tom Rothman said. "Kevin [Feige], Amy [Pascal] and their teams have done an incredible job. 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.

"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."

Marvel and Sony picked Holland thanks to his performances in The Impossible, Wolf Hall, and the upcoming In the Heart of the Sea. Watts, meanwhile, debuted his thriller Cop Car at the Sundance Film Festival after working on TV projects like The Fuzz and The Onion News Network.

Sony originally purchased the rights to Spider-Man film projects well before the Marvel Cinematic Universe began, producing a trilogy under Sam Raimi and two films under Mark Webb. But when those latter movies were poorly received, rumors immediately began swirling that the franchise would return to Marvel. Instead, Marvel and Sony will share the line - Sony will continue to produce Spider-Man's standalone films, but the character will make appearances in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Neither Holland and Watts are relative newcomers to the industry, but promising ones. Watts in particular could be very interesting with credits that feature comedy and action work, key elements for any Spider-Man project. For most Marvel fans, the real question is how Holland will mesh with the rest of the Avengers - something that could be teased as early as next year.

What do you think of the new Spider-Man star and director?

Source: Marvel

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He looks about 12.

Could work out just fine, actually. Many of the more recent cartoons Spidey appeared in portrayed him as a scrawny-looking kid as opposed to a high-school graduate or a college student, and Holland looks the part for Parker, complete with a face that's equal parts shy nerd and cheeky brat. I'm looking forward to seeing where he takes the character.

Oh look another white Spiderman. How original.

An Ceannaire:
He looks about 12.

Ripe for aging into a socially awkward univseristy student then.

CrazyBlaze:
Oh look another white Spiderman. How original.

nothing on miles who is a great spider man but most people think peter parker when they think of spider man, so yeah he kind of has to be white. Its also good to note that given how pissed people were about the Johnny storm casting, including marvel themselves, they want to avoid the same bad press.

CrazyBlaze:
Oh look another white Spiderman. How original.

I'm scared he might be a white Miles Morales. /sarcasm

I'd still prefer a black Peter Parker....

ecoho:

CrazyBlaze:
Oh look another white Spiderman. How original.

nothing on miles who is a great spider man but most people think peter parker when they think of spider man, so yeah he kind of has to be white. Its also good to note that given how pissed people were about the Johnny storm casting, including marvel themselves, they want to avoid the same bad press.

I still want a Neil deGrasse Tyson version of Mr. Fantastic.

CrazyBlaze:
Oh look another white Spiderman. How original.

We're not gonna make this into a social justice issue, are we? Not everything has to be a social justice issue.

CrazyBlaze:
Oh look another white Spiderman. How original.

I know, right? And they made him a male, AGAIN! Damn patriarchy.

I hate to be that guy, and I'm looking forward to seeing Spidey in the MCU, but Sony still has the rights to Spider-Man. What this means is, if the deal between Marvel and Sony falls apart, it's highly likely this version of Spider-Man could as well be cut off just like The Amazing Spider-Man, and thus another reboot.

CrazyBlaze:
Oh look another white Spiderman. How original.

So you believe that one race is better than another? Are you stating that you would have been happier had someone of a different race gotten this job because of their race?

Interesting. Who are you implying is racist here?

Peter Parker is white, deal with it. I'm not going to get mad if the next Malcom X film decides to cast yet another black actor to play Malcom. I would get testy if it went some other way though. Parker certainly isn't a real human being but he is certainly well established in cultural lore and mythos to have a stable identity in this way.

Now, is Miles Morales interesting because he's Black/Hispanic? No, that would be a dumb and racist thing to say. He's interesting because he's a different iteration of Spider Man with a different backstory than the one we've been shown. Or, I should say he was interesting. Has the Ultimate universe crashed in on itself yet in that scheme Marvel is pulling?

Anything different in the backstory is going to be interesting. But race or gender making a character "better" or "worse"? You've got to do some serious soul searching if you think that kind of mentality is somehow progressive and not just falling back into the same ruts our forefathers fell into.

ecoho:

CrazyBlaze:
Oh look another white Spiderman. How original.

nothing on miles who is a great spider man but most people think peter parker when they think of spider man, so yeah he kind of has to be white. Its also good to note that given how pissed people were about the Johnny storm casting, including marvel themselves, they want to avoid the same bad press.

Based on that logic, Nick Fury has to be white because when people think of him, they picture the David Hasselhoff-looking iteration in every permutation of the comics until the Ultimate line rolled around. Also, Heimdall.

Look, I'm not against a white Spider-Man, and Peter Parker has a special place in so many hearts, but variations of "because tradition" are a shitty excuse for typecasting.

Pros - They can make him work out as a hero who goes from 9th through 12th grade.

Cons - Still no Miles Morales.

Other - Maybe they won't kill off Uncle Ben until he's a sophmore or a junior? Hell, maybe they'll save a dead uncle Ben until the end of his Freshman year? I don't want another origin but it's almost inevitable

Potential Pro - I can't wait to hear him banter with Tony Stark and other Avengers.

Scrythe:

WHAT!? Is this a fact? I'd love to see a film revolving around that guy (I had to self censor because of the spoiler).

Ugh... they'd have trouble finding an actor that looks more harmless. I heard Peter Parker is supposed to be geeky and shit but... I dunno... I don't like his face.

Lightknight:

CrazyBlaze:
Oh look another white Spiderman. How original.

So you believe that one race is better than another? Are you stating that you would have been happier had someone of a different race gotten this job because of their race?

Interesting. Who are you implying is racist here?

Peter Parker is white, deal with it. I'm not going to get mad if the next Malcom X film decides to cast yet another black actor to play Malcom. I would get testy if it went some other way though. Parker certainly isn't a real human being but he is certainly well established in cultural lore and mythos to have a stable identity in this way.

Now, is Miles Morales interesting because he's Black/Hispanic? No, that would be a dumb and racist thing to say. He's interesting because he's a different iteration of Spider Man with a different backstory than the one we've been shown. Or, I should say he was interesting. Has the Ultimate universe crashed in on itself yet in that scheme Marvel is pulling?

Anything different in the backstory is going to be interesting. But race or gender making a character "better" or "worse"? You've got to do some serious soul searching if you think that kind of mentality is somehow progressive and not just falling back into the same ruts our forefathers fell into.

Clap hands, exactly, I could go behind a better written character, but the popular opinion seems to be that just making a character "exotic" improves it.

I think the picture used there might be a little old, i looked it up dude is 19 which hardly makes him an adult but he looks older than he does in that picture for certain. Maybe it's just a trick of the photography and that picture was taken yesterday i've no idea.

Can't be anyworse than the last movie though can it. Good luck to him i say.

inu-kun:
Clap hands, exactly, I could go behind a better written character, but the popular opinion seems to be that just making a character "exotic" improves it.

Right, the fear should be that this is another poorly written Spiderman movie. Perhaps one including song and dance routines for some reason.

Not that the actor's skin isn't what we want. What kind of backwoods racism is society allowing to creep in now? "Exotic" skin color is not the new good writing.

Glad you and I are on the same page.

Should have kept Garfield but with better writing...

I know that's impossible but still he did a great job at portraying a comicbook Spidey to me.

This new actor... no absolutely not thrilled, he just doesn't look the part to me.

Oh. Yay. Peter Parker. Again. Woo.

I personally was hoping for Miles. Not because the kid is black, but because I am kinda bored of Peter. Lets see the same origin story again. A little annoyed but as long as they don't bother with an origin story and just keep on trucking like nothing happened, hopefully we can get something interesting.

Jesus, I know Peter Parker is supposed to be young, but this kid looks like he's about 10.

I'm honestly wondering what his interactions with the other MCU characters will be. I mean, all of them are grown adults who have tons of life experience and are all at least 30 (and some are 1000's of years old), and now they're going to be joined by a kid who hasn't even gone through puberty yet?

ecoho:

CrazyBlaze:
Oh look another white Spiderman. How original.

nothing on miles who is a great spider man but most people think peter parker when they think of spider man, so yeah he kind of has to be white. Its also good to note that given how pissed people were about the Johnny storm casting, including marvel themselves, they want to avoid the same bad press.

This is the first time I hear about the Human Torch casting. Isn't he and Invisible Woman siblings? They could've at least cast black actors for both of them for the sake of consistency.

Doom972:

ecoho:

CrazyBlaze:
Oh look another white Spiderman. How original.

nothing on miles who is a great spider man but most people think peter parker when they think of spider man, so yeah he kind of has to be white. Its also good to note that given how pissed people were about the Johnny storm casting, including marvel themselves, they want to avoid the same bad press.

This is the first time I hear about the Human Torch casting. Isn't he and Invisible Woman siblings? They could've at least cast black actors for both of them for the sake of consistency.

Racist!!! J/K. Apparently Sue is adopted now, or something. I dunno, I never really liked the Fantastic 4 anyway, and I have about zero interest in this new movie.

I don't really care, but honestly this is the third Spider-Man in less than a decade. And you know what? Marvel or Sony, irrelevant, it's gonna be the same as the last and hit around the same marks. I'm guessing this is gonna be the Spectacular or Ultimate Spider-Man. Where they're:

Either gonna be Mary Jane or Gwen cause it's the conventional starting point.

Gonna kill Uncle Ben at some point if they don't flat out start with him dead.

Gonna be a stint where for awhile he doesn't want to be Spider-Man.

I'm may be being presumptuous but it's the safe thing to do, right? Everyone above me is saying that since most people know Peter Parker they'll use him, so it would only make sense for the story to stay relatively the same, right? Regardless of what they do, it may be good movie, but it's gonna be a bit redundant.

What would be really interesting would be to sorta have Spider-Man appear in Civil War Amidst all the crazy stuff, establish who he is to others, show the good he's done for New York and how people in New York like him for the fact he's just a guy. Spider-Man's not a billionaire wearing a weapon, he's not some American figure-head super soldier, he's just some guy in a Spider motif who cracks jokes. That's why people like Spider-Man, cause to everyone else he's just some nice dude in a Spider outfit running helping everyone.

They should build him up like that in Civil War, have him get between all the crap and offer the opinion of "just some guy from Queens"...and then they should kill him. Why? Because most people at this point are gonna understand who Spider-Man (not necessarily due to this movie, but the other 5 that already exist as well as the plethora of cartoons) is and what he stands for, what he represents, and killing him at this point might actually mean something to the overall plot in the long haul.

It's Spider-Man guys! He's like the third best household superhero name behind Batman and Superman.

And honestly, I think it would be a perfect way to introduce someone else to the role of Spider-Man...like Miles Morales because that's literally one of the ways they do it in the comics, it's a logical choice in terms of who would be the next one given how things are playing out, he has an interesting background and personal struggle with all the teenage stuff you get from Peter along with trying to match up to the legacy Spider-Man left behind.

Lightknight:

CrazyBlaze:
Oh look another white Spiderman. How original.

So you believe that one race is better than another? Are you stating that you would have been happier had someone of a different race gotten this job because of their race?

Interesting. Who are you implying is racist here?

Peter Parker is white, deal with it. I'm not going to get mad if the next Malcom X film decides to cast yet another black actor to play Malcom. I would get testy if it went some other way though. Parker certainly isn't a real human being but he is certainly well established in cultural lore and mythos to have a stable identity in this way.

Now, is Miles Morales interesting because he's Black/Hispanic? No, that would be a dumb and racist thing to say. He's interesting because he's a different iteration of Spider Man with a different backstory than the one we've been shown. Or, I should say he was interesting. Has the Ultimate universe crashed in on itself yet in that scheme Marvel is pulling?

Anything different in the backstory is going to be interesting. But race or gender making a character "better" or "worse"? You've got to do some serious soul searching if you think that kind of mentality is somehow progressive and not just falling back into the same ruts our forefathers fell into.

Now, since you took a lot from those two sentences let me take a crack at it.

Maybe, what he meant, was exactly what you said. Maybe someone with a different backstory who isn't the same old Peter Parker would be different. Maybe they meant having A THIRD series of Spider-Man movies that are probably gonna play it safe and follow the traditional line of things isn't such a good idea. Or at least, is disappointing to them.

Or maybe changing Peter Parker's race while retaining his characteristics would be interesting cause it could add another layer to his character and does kinda change how the audience views him and interprets him...

Maybe CrazyBlaze meant a lot of things, but I have a hunch they didn't mean as much as you think they meant.

And I bet it's going to be an origin story and we will see uncle ben die and zzzzzzzzzzzz

It would seem that a lot of people want to see Miles Morales make an appearance as the main Spider-Man. Can't say that I'm in favour, never really liked him myself, but i think there is a more fundamental issue with that wish; Miles requires Peter to come before him. It is actually rather important to the character of Miles Morales, at least at first, that the original Spider-Man came before him and died whily trying to do/doing the right thing. Miles isn't just someone getting bit by a spider and putting on a costume, hes attempting to be Peter successor, a Miles Morales without Peter is like Peter without Uncle Ben and Aunt May; it might work but it won't make as much sense.
At heart I think Miles will always work better as a successor, so unless he is introduced in the middle of a movie, not an easy thing to do and keep pace at the same time, or in a sequel I doubt we'll be seeing him outside of the comics.

Scrythe:

ecoho:

CrazyBlaze:
Oh look another white Spiderman. How original.

nothing on miles who is a great spider man but most people think peter parker when they think of spider man, so yeah he kind of has to be white. Its also good to note that given how pissed people were about the Johnny storm casting, including marvel themselves, they want to avoid the same bad press.

Based on that logic, Nick Fury has to be white because when people think of him, they picture the David Hasselhoff-looking iteration in every permutation of the comics until the Ultimate line rolled around. Also, Heimdall.

Look, I'm not against a white Spider-Man, and Peter Parker has a special place in so many hearts, but variations of "because tradition" are a shitty excuse for typecasting.

first and formost I have no problems with casting people of different races if they happen to be the better actor I mean look and himdel in the Thor movies that guy was made for that part. On the other hand I think its rather Bullshit that people think we have to change race of a character to be politically correct. in other words base your choice on acting not race.

Doom972:

ecoho:

CrazyBlaze:
Oh look another white Spiderman. How original.

nothing on miles who is a great spider man but most people think peter parker when they think of spider man, so yeah he kind of has to be white. Its also good to note that given how pissed people were about the Johnny storm casting, including marvel themselves, they want to avoid the same bad press.

This is the first time I hear about the Human Torch casting. Isn't he and Invisible Woman siblings? They could've at least cast black actors for both of them for the sake of consistency.

exactly what marvel official statement was summed up as, though im surprised you hadn't heard it caused quite the shitstorm when it was announced both in the media and on this site in particular.

I'm hoping this is like The Hulk where the third actor turns out to be the one we wanted all along.

An Ceannaire:
He looks about 12.

He's around 19, if you check his IMDB page yuo will find that this is a dated photo. There are several others on his ptofile page where he looks far more his current age.

To the guys wanting Miles Morales:

You can't have Miles Morales without killing off Peter Parker first because trying to fill Peter's shoes was one of the most important story arcs for Miles's character. Just randomly tossing Miles in would make absolutely no sense.

TheNaut131:
I don't really care, but honestly this is the third Spider-Man in less than a decade. And you know what? Marvel or Sony, irrelevant, it's gonna be the same as the last and hit around the same marks. I'm guessing this is gonna be the Spectacular or Ultimate Spider-Man. Where they're:

Either gonna be Mary Jane or Gwen cause it's the conventional starting point.

Gonna kill Uncle Ben at some point if they don't flat out start with him dead.

Gonna be a stint where for awhile he doesn't want to be Spider-Man.

I'm may be being presumptuous but it's the safe thing to do, right? Everyone above me is saying that since most people know Peter Parker they'll use him, so it would only make sense for the story to stay relatively the same, right? Regardless of what they do, it may be good movie, but it's gonna be a bit redundant.

What would be really interesting would be to sorta have Spider-Man appear in Civil War Amidst all the crazy stuff, establish who he is to others, show the good he's done for New York and how people in New York like him for the fact he's just a guy. Spider-Man's not a billionaire wearing a weapon, he's not some American figure-head super soldier, he's just some guy in a Spider motif who cracks jokes. That's why people like Spider-Man, cause to everyone else he's just some nice dude in a Spider outfit running helping everyone.

They should build him up like that in Civil War, have him get between all the crap and offer the opinion of "just some guy from Queens"...and then they should kill him. Why? Because most people at this point are gonna understand who Spider-Man (not necessarily due to this movie, but the other 5 that already exist as well as the plethora of cartoons) is and what he stands for, what he represents, and killing him at this point might actually mean something to the overall plot in the long haul.

It's Spider-Man guys! He's like the third best household superhero name behind Batman and Superman.

And honestly, I think it would be a perfect way to introduce someone else to the role of Spider-Man...like Miles Morales because that's literally one of the ways they do it in the comics, it's a logical choice in terms of who would be the next one given how things are playing out, he has an interesting background and personal struggle with all the teenage stuff you get from Peter along with trying to match up to the legacy Spider-Man left behind.

Um, since when is Miles Morales bisexual? Or does the term biracial confuse you? Biracial means he's a mix of two races, not that he's interested in both men and women.

I would also like to point out how Peter Parker is the most logical choice for Spider-Man in movies, Peter sells more merch and comics. The Ultimate Spider-Man title went from an average of 98.000 issues sold each month to an average of 18.000 issues sold each month. It's a combination of Bendis having his best time as a writer behind him and Miles Morales being best described as Peter Parker, just with less dead relatives, and without the brains. It's kinda troublesome that the black replacement character is less smart and independent than the original white guy.
I mean he didn't come up with a Superhero identity, he didn't make his own costume, he didn't make any of his equipment, and he can't even make the webbing. Without SHIELD, or Peter's friends and family or Ganke, take any of that away and he's dead in the water.

CrazyBlaze:
Oh look another white Spiderman. How original.

Oh look, another comment claiming how "boring" white people are. How original.

jklinders:

An Ceannaire:
He looks about 12.

He's around 19, if you check his IMDB page yuo will find that this is a dated photo. There are several others on his ptofile page where he looks far more his current age.

He still looks pretty damn young for 19 though. I know Peter is supposed to be of high school age, I just hope this isn't a shitty Young Adult genre type of movie.

Flammablezeus:
I'm hoping this is like The Hulk where the third actor turns out to be the one we wanted all along.

I feel like Andrew Garfield was a pretty damn good Peter Parker myself. Far more suiting than Toby Macguire.

Scrythe:

ecoho:

CrazyBlaze:
Oh look another white Spiderman. How original.

nothing on miles who is a great spider man but most people think peter parker when they think of spider man, so yeah he kind of has to be white. Its also good to note that given how pissed people were about the Johnny storm casting, including marvel themselves, they want to avoid the same bad press.

Based on that logic, Nick Fury has to be white because when people think of him, they picture the David Hasselhoff-looking iteration in every permutation of the comics until the Ultimate line rolled around. Also, Heimdall.

Look, I'm not against a white Spider-Man, and Peter Parker has a special place in so many hearts, but variations of "because tradition" are a shitty excuse for typecasting.

Considering the entire MCU (and rather every Marvel film ever) has been basically the Ultimate universe...no, that arguement doesn't hold any weight at all. It's not typecasting when they're casting directly from the fucking source material. People were pissed about the Johnny Storm casting because Johnnys always been white and it was changed for the sake of diveristy. People didn't really have a problem with Heimdall because Heimdall wasn't exactly the lead character.

CrazyBlaze:
Oh look another white Spiderman. How original.

I know right? Anyone would think that Marvel were trying for the kind of faithful representation of a fan favourite character that has worked so well in their movies to date or something! Madness!

OT: One part of me wonders if Tom Holland has what it takes to carry this off, but then a decade ago I might have said the same about Toby Maguire.

One thing I can't quite get my head around is how the dynamic will be between this Spiderman and the established Marvel characters. That interpersonal dynamic that has built up over the last few movies doesn't exactly seem like one that would lend itself naturally to the inclusion of a teenage character. I just have my fingers crossed that he won't end up as the Scrappy-Doo of the Avengers.

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