Rumor of the Day: This teen actor auditioned for Spider-Man

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May 21, 2015, 11:25 AM EDT (Updated)

The first new contender to play Spider-Man may have already secretly auditioned for the role.

His name, according to Badass Digest, is Mateus Ward, and his tryout was reportedly so under the radar that he didn't even do it at the studio offices but at a house somewhere instead. Who is Mateus Ward? Well, he's 16 years old and he currently appears in the TNT series Murder in the First. His previous credits include the Showtime series Weeds, a clutch of other TV shows and a movie nobody ever heard of called Lonely Boy.

Ward is supposedly one of two teen actors that Marvel and Sony have viewed so far, and we can glean a couple of things from this. First, it confirms reports that they are looking for the first time to go with an actual age-appropriate actor to play the teenage Peter Parker, as opposed to older stars like Andrew Garfield and Tobey Maguire. Second, based on the photo it's safe to guess that Ward auditioned to play Peter Parker and not Miles Morales.

An actual teenager playing Spider-Man, whether it's Ward or someone else, opens up a lot of future potential if he does well in the role. Spidey is heavily rumored to make his debut in next year's Captain America: Civil War, to be followed by his own new standalone movie on July 28, 2017. A teen actor will still look and feel like the high school Peter Parker two years from now, and will age a lot more gracefully in the role as he appears in (hopefully) more of his own films as well as Avengers: Infinity War down the line.

But can a teen go head to head with Robert Downey Jr.'s Iron Man and Chris Evans' Captain America and make it believable? Whoever gets hired will need some formidable acting chops and screen presence to stand next to those two. We don't know who that person is yet, but we do know now that Marvel is definitely going for a teenage Spider-Man. Do you think that's the right path to take, and do you have any suggestions on who to cast?