Marvel and Sony announced today that their much-hyped 2017 feature SPIDER-MAN had found its director and lead. Taking the helm of the film is director John Watts, whose thriller COP CAR premiered at Sundance earlier this year. The role of Peter Parker has finally been filled by Tom Holland, whose roles in THE IMPOSSIBLE, WOLF HALL, and the as yet unreleased IN THE HEART OF THE SEA caught producers Kevin Feige and Amy Pascal’s eye.
According to Pascal, “Sony, Marvel, Kevin and I all knew that for Peter Parker, we had to find a vibrant, talented young actor capable of embodying one of the most well-known characters in the world. With Tom, we’ve found the perfect actor to bring Spider-Man’s story into the Marvel Cinematic Universe.” (Marvel.com)
It’s another large step in making a Marvel-produced SPIDER-MAN – a movie that a good number of contract-savvy movie-goers thought would never happen – a theatrical reality. On the other hand, I and a sea of fans who were pulling for Miles Morales – an alternate universe Spider-Man who has gained massive popularity in the comics – to finally make his big screen debut, ideally played by Donald Glover, can’t help but be disappointed. Still, it is a Marvel movie, and like Pixar, the MCU has a pristine zero-flop record. (Yes, I stand by Thor: The Dark World.)
Spider-Man as a character will make his MCU debut in CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR, releasing on May 6, 2016. The as yet untitled SPIDER-MAN movie will be released on July 28, 2017.
What do you think of casting? Do you agree with Marvel’s choices, or do you think they could have gone a different direction? And do you think they’ll bypass yet another origin story in favor of something fresh? Comment and let us know what you think!