Marvel and Sony Reportedly in Stand Off Over Spider-Man Casting, 3 Actors in the Running

Friday, 12 June 2015 - 3:58PM
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Friday, 12 June 2015 - 3:58PM
Marvel and Sony Reportedly in Stand Off Over Spider-Man Casting, 3 Actors in the Running
Remember that Spider-Man casting announcement that we were meant to have? What ever happened to that? Well according to new reports, Marvel and Sony studio execs are apparently at odds over who should get the job. The last we heard, there were 6 actors in line-for the Spider-Man role, including Asa Butterfield (Ender's Game), Tom Holland (The Impossible) and Charlie Plummer (Boardwalk Empire). That list has now been shortened to a final short list of 3, which consists of Holland, Plummer, and Revolution's Matthew Lintz.

Noticeable in his absence from this list, which was provided by The Wrap's Jeff Schneider during Meet the Movie Press, is Asa Butterfield. The actor, who played the titular role in Ender's Game, was considered by many to be the front-runner for the coveted Marvel role. According to Schneider though, Marvel are backing Plummer, while Sony would prefer to see Holland take the role.

The stand off leaves Captain America: Civil War filmmakers, Anthony and Joe Russo, with a major headache as scenes containing Spider-Man were scheduled to be filmed this month. Those scenes may now have to be pushed back to July, which in the grand scheme of things may not seem like much, but considering how well-oiled the MCU machine normally is, there will likely be a few folks at the studio who are growing increasingly frustrated with the whole situation.

This all comes after The Walking Dead actor, Chandler Riggs, appeared to confirm that he did indeed test for the role while in Atlanta. Posting to his official Facebook site, Riggs wished whomever won the role all the best, while adding that he would have loved to have been the victor.

good luck to whoever lands the spiderman role- it would have been awesome for me!

Posted by Chandler Riggs on Thursday, 11 June 2015


Given the amount of time it took Marvel and Sony to agree a deal for the rights to use Spider-Man, such hiccups probably shouldn't come as too much of a surprise. However, that's little comfort for those fans who are already desperate to presumably start arguing with each other about how their choice was way better for the Spider-Man role than whichever poor bugger actually gets the job.

Captain America: Civil War hits theaters May 6th 2016
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Marvel & Sony Stand Off Over Spider-Man Casting, 3 Actors In The Mix
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