On the eve of the release of “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” in the United States, the film’s star Andrew Garfield has already championed an interesting idea – replacing Peter Parker with the 13-year-old, half black, half Hispanic character Miles Morales who served as Spider-Man in the “Ultimate Comics: Spider-Man” storyline.
Neither Garfield nor Marc Webb are presently set to return for “The Amazing Spider-Man 4,” and its been suggested that rather than recasting, the character of Morales could take over the suit with Peter Parker either passing the torch or the character potentially not surviving the next entry.
Out doing promotion for the new film, Garfield told CBR:
“I think one of the amazing things about Spider-Man is that you don’t see skin color when he’s in the suit. You don’t see any religious beliefs. You don’t see any denominations. Everyone can project themselves into that suit. It’s incredibly powerful in that way.
So of course I think it’s important that the openness, the casting, in terms of who could be Spider-Man, could be absolutely anyone. A hero is a hero, whether you’re a man, woman, gay, lesbian, straight, black, white or red all over – it doesn’t matter.
Miles Morales was a huge moment in this character’s comic book life. And I do believe that we can do that. It’s something I’m really interested in figuring out; an eloquent way of co-existing, or passing on the torch. I don’t have an answer, but I think it’s actually a really important move. I think it’s a really beautiful and important move.”
The other issue of course is age, the 30-year-old Garfield can’t keep going on playing a teenager forever:
“I want it to feel like a circle. I want the two ends to join, somehow. I don’t know what that means, yet. I don’t know what that means in terms of the quantity of Spider-Man movies I do. But I know that I don’t particularly want to be a 40-year-old Spider-Man. [Laughs] I do know that time is fleeting.”
Meanwhile, series producer Avi Arad seems to have loosened up, albeit only slightly, on quotes he made the other week about crossing over the “Spider-Man” cinematic universe with either of the “X-Men” films at Fox or the ‘Avengers’ group of heroes at Marvel Studios.
Previously Arad seemed to suggest it would never happen, now he tells The Toronto Sun that it could happen – but only on one condition:
“I think there are some stories that will fit beautifully into a cross. Spider-Man would be incredible mixed up with those other universes.
But if we want to do that, the crossovers, it has to be a story that is absolutely centered on Spider-Man. We cannot be second banana to anything out there. Because this is the king. This is the one that influenced young people from birth.
I’m not preaching, but Spider-Man, Peter Parker, who is in all of us, is too important to go in and use it as a sidepiece for corporate purposes. The studio may disagree with me, some fans may disagree with me. I don’t care.”