5 Reasons Asa Butterfield Would Make the Best Spider-Man Yet
While nothing is official, recent rumors suggest that Asa Butterfield (Ender's Game) is in talks to become the next Spider-Man. Some have greeted this news with unapologetic mockery, but we're going to go out on a limb and say that Butterfield, if he gets the role, could become the best Spider-Man we've seen on screen. Here's why.
1. He's young
In case you didn't pick up this morning's copy of the Daily Bugle, here's a news flash: Spider-Man is supposed to be a teenager. Sure, he eventually ages in the comics and becomes a married man and all that, but classic, original Spider-Man is a 15-year-old high schooler who puts on a suit and fights grown men. It's one of the things that makes his character different and interesting, and it's an aspect of the character that we haven't seen in the movies, at least not with any air of believability. Andrew Garfield was 29 in The Amazing Spider-Man. Tobey Maguire was 27 but looked 40 in Spider-Man. Asa just turned 18 last month, and his youthful appearance suggests that he could potentially pass as a teenage Spidey for years to come.
2. He's proven he can play an iconic character
While certainly not as much of a pop culture phenomenon as Spider-Man, Ender's Game is one of the most popular and acclaimed science fiction novels of all time, and Butterfield brought the titular character of Ender to life on the big screen. While the film itself divided critics, Asa's performance was largely praised, proving that he can convincingly play a young character dealing with very adult decisions, much like Peter Parker.
3. He's unassuming
Asa certainly doesn't look like he could hang with the likes of Captain America and Thor, and that's kind of the point. Spider-Man is meant to be an underdog, a regular kid who goes toe-to-toe with gods and monsters, and Asa actually looks the part. Plus, since the next Spider-Man will be the first to cross over into the larger Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), it will be a refreshing change to see a hero that looks different from the other Avengers, rather than just another hulking giant to stand alongside the Chrises Evans and Hemsworth.
4. He can perform acrobatic stunts
More than any other character in the MCU, Spider-Man relies on his agility to defeat foes. His nimble grace as he twists and flies through the air is what makes him so spectacular, and remarkably enough, Butterfield has experience with this type of action. Just watch any of the battle room scenes in Ender's Game to see Asa adeptly spin through the air on his way to victory, a skill that will come in handy if he lands the role of Peter Parker.
5. He's funny
While not explored much in his film roles, Asa has a playful sense of humor that comes out in interviews. His natural dry British wit will need a little tweaking to morph into Spidey's trademark mid-fight one-liners, but we're confident that Asa is up to the task. Just check out this video of him yukking it up with Conan O'Brien: