As the Spider-Man deal between Marvel Studios and Sony Pictures comes into focus, more details are emerging about the Wall Crawler’s cinematic future.
Chief among them: Marvel and Sony are looking to cast a much younger Spider-Man than moviegoers have ever seen on film. In a new report on the project, the studios are reportedly looking for an actor "much younger" than Andrew Garfield, currently 31, to portray the next Spider-Man and Peter Parker. Garfield first played Spider-Man in The Amazing Spider-Man when he was 29 years old, and Toby Maguire first played Spider-Man when he was 27 years old.
The new Spider-Man franchise will receive new stars behind the camera as well. While it was announced last night that Marvel Studio’s Kevin Feige and ex-Sony chairman Amy Pascal would produce the film, the new report from The Hollywood Reporter reveals that producers Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach will lose much of their creative control. Tolmach and Arad were the main producers on the recent Amazing Spider-Man reboots, and Arad has overseen the cinematic Spider-Man since Sam Raimi’s first Spider-Man film in 2002. Now, they will only be executive producers--a much more "hands-off" position--for the 2017 reboot film.
Though Marvel and Sony will collaborate on directing Spider-Man’s future, Sony will ultimately get the final word on all creative direction.
Stay tuned for more Spider-Man reboot news as it breaks. The untitled Spider-Man film hits theaters on July 28, 2017.