Spider-Man to debut in Civil War; early casting options surface for new Peter Parker

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Feb 11, 2015, 12:58 PM EST (Updated)

The ink might still be fresh on the deal between Sony and Marvel to bring Spider-Man into The Avengers, but a ton of intel is already surfacing in regard to what will happen next.

First up, the Wall Street Journal is reporting that a source “with knowledge of the matter” has confirmed that Peter Parker will debut in 2016’s Captain America: Civil War before headlining his own movie the next year. As comic fans know, that’s a huge deal, considering Spider-Man played a pivotal role in the comic version of the storyline. Obviously, the film version will bring more than a few changes to fit the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but having Spider-Man there will likely make a huge film (see: Cap, Iron Man and Black Panther) one of the biggest of the year.

But that’s not all — Variety is also reporting some ultra-early casting buzz for the new take on Peter Parker, and it seems they’re definitely leaning toward younger options than 31-year-old Andrew Garfield. Considering they also cite a source who claims Marvel’s plan is to take the character back to his high school roots, that makes sense. The early frontrunners, who reportedly haven’t even been approached by the studio yet, are Dylan O’Brien (The Maze Runner) and Logan Lerman (Fury).

Both are in their early 20s and have young faces (much like Garfield) that could fit for a high-school-age Peter Parker. That's O'Brien on the left, and Lerman on the right.

Both guys are also solid actors, and either one could be a good fit for Spider-Man. Ironically enough, O’Brien feels like he would be more in the vein of Garfield, while Lerman’s look is more akin to Tobey Maguire. If either actor makes it through, it’ll be interesting to see which style of Peter Parker the minds at Marvel opt to portray. 

The report goes on to claim Marvel wants to keep this version of the character in high school. Going back to the comics, Spider-Man was the tale of a kid trying to balance life and being a superhero. Both film versions aged the character up quickly after the first film and didn’t spend much time on the travails inside Midtown High. Apparently Marvel aims to remedy that now.

Last but not least: Variety is also reporting that Sony still plans to move ahead with its Sinister Six and Venom spinoff films, plus that project featuring female characters from the Spider-Man universe (though Amazing Spider-Man 3 has, obviously, been canned). Those films will apparently happen largely outside of Marvel's creative influence. So, basically, they're using Marvel to generate some buzz for the brand while still trying to cash in with spinoff films. It's a slippery slope, and we'll be anxious to see how that affects the cohesiveness of these varied Spidey projects.

What do you think of these rumored moves Marvel plans to make? Is Spider-Man finally headed in the right direction?

(Via Variety, Wall Street Journal)