Garfield NOT Returning For Marvel’s Spidey

Last night’s big news regarding Sony Pictures and Marvel Studios collaborating on ways to revive the flagging “Spider-Man” franchise has led to inevitable questions and speculation regarding the future of the web slinger’s screen outings.

The biggest of these questions, and the one which has had the most discussion since, has been in regards to who will be cast in the role. The press release by Marvel didn’t discuss recasting the role, so fans of current Spider-Man star Andrew Garfield have been holding out hope the actor might return.

The Wrap reporter Linda Ge however shot that down, posting a tweet saying “CONFIRMED: Andrew Garfield is NO LONGER Spider-Man. Someone new will be cast. First appearance in MCU, then solo film.”

Whilst numerous names have been suggested in the wake of the announcement, the same handful of names seem to be popping up regularly social media. Both my own and Linda Ge’s personal (and only choice) for the role is “Teen Wolf” and “The Maze Runner” star Dylan O’Brien whose name has been scoring plenty of mentions.

Other candidates that have also been thrown about include Taron Egerton (“Kingsman: The Secret Service,” “The Krays: Legend”), Logan Lerman (“Perks of Being a Wallflower,” “Percy Jackson”), Asa Butterfield (“Ender’s Game,” “Hugo”), Zac Efron (“Neighbors,” “The Paperboy”), old fan favorite Donald Glover (“Community”) and even likely Oscar winner this year Eddie Redmayne (“Jupiter Ascending,” “The Theory of Everything”).

Of course no actual candidates for the role have yet to be revealed through Marvel, Sony, trade publications or even gossip sites – plenty of blogs will no doubt be breathlessly filing dubious reports from “unnamed sources” soon.

The announcement has also raised some other questions such as will audiences tolerate having to sit through yet another Spider-Man origin story again or will this start ‘in media res’? What kind of tone will the new Spider-Man aim for? And of course which MCU films will he pop up in?

The Wall Street Journal claims that sources have confirmed long-standing rumors to them that Spidey’s first appearance will be in next year’s “Captain America: Civil War”. However, it’s expected Marvel’s Kevin Feige and the film’s producer Amy Pascal will answer questions about the deal in the very near future.