When it was announced that Marvel and Sony were teaming up in order to bring Spider-Man into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it was a very exciting moment. However, with all the excitement, there was one disappointing announcement that came out as well. Andrew Garfield, who was spectacular as Peter Parker/Spider-Man in the two Amazing Spider-Man movies, will not return as the Wall Crawler.

There are two reasons for that. First, Marvel wants a fresh start, although there will not be another origin story (thank God). Second, Marvel is sending Peter Parker back to high school. This is kind of cool, because Parker was always fun when he was a high school kid fighting crime along with the big boys, trying the entire time to act grown up. The disappointing part of that, though, is that Spider-Man is regressing by returning to high school.

Luckily, this is Marvel who is working on the character now (even though Sony has “final say” on the stories). Marvel has never failed to excite me with their choices (and I include Iron Man 3, which I thought was brilliant, naysayers be damned).

Anyway, with Peter Parker back in high school and Andrew Garfield out of the picture, there are now two names that have surfaced as replacements. The first is Maze Runner and TV’s Teen Wolf actor Dylan O’Brien and the second is Percy Jackson actor Logan Lerman. Now, I don’t know anything about O’Brien, but Lerman would be a fantastic Peter Parker, keeping the feel that Garfield brought to the character without going to the lame nerd that Tobey Maguire played him with.

With this said, none of the actors have been approached yet and Sony wants to hire a new director to replace Marc Webb before they move on. However, Spider-Man will allegedly appear in Captain America: Civil War in 2016 before he gets his next solo movie in 2017, so an actor needs to be found pretty quickly. Variety also mentioned that there is no word on whether the studio will use Peter Parker or Miles Morales (the Ultimates version that replaced Peter after Peter died), but Sony has said before that Peter Parker is who they will stick with.

News should come soon since Spider-Man needs to be cast before the next Captain America movies goes into production.

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  1. Jon February 11, 2015 at 3:24 pm

    Dylan O’Brien would be perfect! I just hope he’s able to continue to do the Maze Runner series and Spider-Man.

  2. Shawn S. Lealos February 11, 2015 at 3:53 pm

    I’m guessing that I need to check out Maze Runner then…

  3. Clark February 11, 2015 at 7:26 pm

    Lerman has a better chance now than O’Brien since O’Brien will probably be committed to Maze Runner while Spider-Man is filming (as well as this year for Civil War and 2016-2017 for Spider-Man).

  4. Shawn S. Lealos February 11, 2015 at 10:51 pm

    i thought Lerman was decent in the Percy Jackson movies. He wasn’t what was wrong with them and I think what he learned there should help here. At least i hope so.

  5. ultrontrain February 12, 2015 at 7:28 pm

    Are these names actually confirmed by legit sources, or were they just thrown out there by hardcore superhero movie fans?

    Also, I liked Maguire’s portrayal of Spidey. In my opinion, he better fit the human Peter Parker better than Garfield did, though Garfield clearly was a better superhero Spidey.

  6. Shawn S. Lealos February 12, 2015 at 8:26 pm

    Its kind of like how Michael Keaton was a great Batman but Val Kilmer was a great Bruce Wayne. But, I always thought Tobey Maguire was too mopey for me when it came to Peter Parker (and I love Sam Raimi)

    As for where the names came from, it was Variety and they aren’t usually a “geek” site when it comes to speculation. I am guessing they have their contacts.

  7. ultrontrain February 12, 2015 at 10:39 pm

    Gotcha. Thanks for that. I could easily see Lerman ending up with the role. He looks the part, and he has had some basic experience with portraying a reluctant hero in those stupid “Percy Jackson” flicks. However, I think the problem wasn’t him, but rather the scripts being bad and the directors not coaching the actors very well.

  8. KooL-Snoopy February 15, 2015 at 9:06 pm

    Dylan O’Brien should get the Role of Peter Parker/Spider-Man. He has the skills for it. I would bet all my chips on him than Lerman. Yes, he has the Maze Runner films but we don’t even know if the film will totally continue even if it did, O’Brien should work in Marvel Films instead. He has what it takes. If it cannot be Andrew Garfield than Dylan O’Brien deserves that part. Sorry Lerman, You were good as Percy Jackon and in the Gamer movie but not in Marvel.