In case you’ve been living under a rock (perhaps a Marvel-branded Infinity Stone replica?) over the past few days, you’re likely fully aware that Spider-Man movie franchise is going through myriad upheavals, including joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe (sort of), shedding two-time leading man Andrew Garfield, and lining up a new feature film. What has been so far unclear amid these massive changes is what the newest Spidey-centric feature film will look like, both because those details were not immediately available to the public and also because everyone was so busy thinking about the possibilities of the webhead joining the MCU that everything else just sort of faded to black.
But now we’ve got an idea of what those new solo Spider-Man films might look like, and we can’t say it’s something we’re particularly jazzed about. A fresh pair of reports has emerged that make one thing clear: Sony isn’t giving up its teen superhero just yet. Emphasis on teen.
Over at The Hollywood Reporter, the outlet shares that Sony and newly minted producer Amy Pascal are “currently looking for an actor much younger than 31-year-old Andrew Garfield.” Fair enough! Spider-Man could certainly stand to be in his 20s or something. But wait! At Variety, a more detailed report makes it plain just how much younger Sony wants to go, and why. Burnt out on origin stories? This probably won’t make you feel much better: The outlet reports that “the plan is for the character to go back to high school in the next films.”
As the outlet notes, “Sony has put the character, played by Tobey Maguire and Garfield, in Midtown High School before, but the plan is to spend more time in the setting and explore his awkward relationship with other students while fighting crime out of the classroom. Midtown is a major setting in the comicbooks, and Peter Parker also returns to the school to become a science teacher in storylines.”
Additionally, Variety reports that “a number of actors already have been mentioned as being considered for the role, including The Maze Runner and Teen Wolf’s Dylan O’Brien and the Percy Jackson franchise’s Logan Lerman.” (Of note: O’Brien and Lerman are both 23.) So, no Miles Morales then?
Yes, high school is large part of the Spider-Man mythos, and going back to the hallowed halls of Midtown High doesn’t guarantee that we’ll be subjected to another origin story—that would be three in just 15 years—but there will certainly be some kind of rejiggering of the cinematic mythos, as Garfield’s Peter Parker graduated high school in the last The Amazing Spider-Man film.
Here’s an origin story: He was bit by a radioactive spider. Done. The end. Now have some adventures.
The new Spider-Man solo film will arrive on July 28, 2017.