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Marvel and Sony cannot agree on which actor should play the new Spider-man

06.12.2015

The relationship between Sony Pictures and Marvel Studios is already hitting the rocks in regards to the upcoming SPIDER-MAN reboot. With CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR already in production, the two studios have yet to agree on who should play the role of Peter Parker. After Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield, the decision has been made to go much younger but that is about all we know for sure.

Stories have been floating that the shortlist has been set with Asa Butterfield, Tom Holland, Charlie Plummer, and Matthew Lintz with the latest rumors coming from Jeff Sneider on Meet the Movie Press having Butterfield out of the running entirely for the role. He also claims that while Marvel Studios prefers Charlie Plummer, Sony Pictures prefers Tom Holland. Despite Sony financially paying for the film, Marvel has a lot of input in the final decision thanks to their new partnership.

Ultimately, the decision may come down to age. One of the reasons we often see older actors play teenagers is because of the laws surrounding how many hours a child can work on a movie set. With Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield, this was a non-factor, but if the studios really want to go with a younger hero, they have to abide by the labor laws. Personally, I liked Asa Buttefield the most and now that it is down to these other actors, I am not so sure how I feel anymore.

Whether Sony vs Marvel becomes an actual issue because of this seems highly unlikely. But, I would say a decision is going to be made soon and Sony will likely outweigh Marvel simply because of financial reasons. Whatever happens, Spider-man is set to debut in CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR on May 6, 2016 with the new SPIDER-MAN movie slated for July 28, 2017.

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9:42PM on 06/14/2015
Gee, two movie studios not agreeing on things? Not really that big a surprise.
I'm sure they'll come to an agreement soon, they likely have a script ready with Spidey just in a post credit sequence. Civil War was always supposed to be his cameo role before the reboot solo film.
Gee, two movie studios not agreeing on things? Not really that big a surprise.
I'm sure they'll come to an agreement soon, they likely have a script ready with Spidey just in a post credit sequence. Civil War was always supposed to be his cameo role before the reboot solo film.
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11:24AM on 06/14/2015
It must be incredibly infuriating for Marvel to sit through meetings and have a company that didnt invent or write YOUR material tell you who should play the character.
It must be incredibly infuriating for Marvel to sit through meetings and have a company that didnt invent or write YOUR material tell you who should play the character.
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3:06PM on 06/13/2015
I don't know who Charlie Plummer is. Judging from his photographs, I'd have to side with Sony on this. If this is indeed who they are looking at, Tom Holland would be my pick, too. So much of this rides on what they do AFTER they get the little bugger cast.
I don't know who Charlie Plummer is. Judging from his photographs, I'd have to side with Sony on this. If this is indeed who they are looking at, Tom Holland would be my pick, too. So much of this rides on what they do AFTER they get the little bugger cast.
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10:00AM on 06/13/2015

Can't stand Asa Butterfield.

He was horrible in Ender's Game.

I'm rooting for Tom Holland. He was great in How I Live Now and The Impossible.
He was horrible in Ender's Game.

I'm rooting for Tom Holland. He was great in How I Live Now and The Impossible.
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9:14AM on 06/13/2015
I still say bring back McGuire back as an older Parker/Spidey and stop trying to make more Spidey origin movies. We thought ASM was too soon a reboot after Raimi's films but we are literally getting something new just a couple years after ASM2. In all honesty, either contunue with Garfields version with a different actor or bring back McGuire and continue the original series in the new MCU.
Don't need a third Spidey beginning.
I still say bring back McGuire back as an older Parker/Spidey and stop trying to make more Spidey origin movies. We thought ASM was too soon a reboot after Raimi's films but we are literally getting something new just a couple years after ASM2. In all honesty, either contunue with Garfields version with a different actor or bring back McGuire and continue the original series in the new MCU.
Don't need a third Spidey beginning.
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3:37AM on 06/13/2015

Funny

Some other news sites are stating it's between Tom Holland and Charlie Rowe and that there is no contention between Marvel and Sony. They're simply taking their time with a big decision. Which sounds a lot more likely to me.
Some other news sites are stating it's between Tom Holland and Charlie Rowe and that there is no contention between Marvel and Sony. They're simply taking their time with a big decision. Which sounds a lot more likely to me.
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1:36AM on 06/13/2015
Sony sounds like they need to let the big boys handle their business & not be that annoying little brother. You played with Spidey long enough Sony, now let the people who know what they are doing take over. Just be glad you are still getting a piece of the pie. Kinda glad it wasn't Asa Butterfield, nothing against the kid but he would have looked so out of place against the likes of RDJ, Evans & so on.
Sony sounds like they need to let the big boys handle their business & not be that annoying little brother. You played with Spidey long enough Sony, now let the people who know what they are doing take over. Just be glad you are still getting a piece of the pie. Kinda glad it wasn't Asa Butterfield, nothing against the kid but he would have looked so out of place against the likes of RDJ, Evans & so on.
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1:02AM on 06/13/2015

Smells like trouble

I didn't realize this could happen, and now it just looks bad for future projects. And they are shooting Capt 3 like right now, I picture whatever spidey scene they have planned is being backed up, delayed weekly until this is finalized.

And the last issue is will these casting disputes continue in further spider-verse character casting? Or does Sony get to call the shots on that? Hmm....
I didn't realize this could happen, and now it just looks bad for future projects. And they are shooting Capt 3 like right now, I picture whatever spidey scene they have planned is being backed up, delayed weekly until this is finalized.

And the last issue is will these casting disputes continue in further spider-verse character casting? Or does Sony get to call the shots on that? Hmm....
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2:45PM on 06/13/2015
They don't have to delay or back up anything. They can just film a scene with someone in a Spidey suit now, and if the scene involves him unmasking, they'll superimpose the actor's face onto the stunt double in post. I think it's what they did for RDJ when he couldn't film the final scene in Iron Man 3.
They don't have to delay or back up anything. They can just film a scene with someone in a Spidey suit now, and if the scene involves him unmasking, they'll superimpose the actor's face onto the stunt double in post. I think it's what they did for RDJ when he couldn't film the final scene in Iron Man 3.
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11:47PM on 06/12/2015

it's tough thoguh...

this is a long term investment. there's a lot of time and money riding on whoever they pick. i wonder what the contention is about. because i doubt that we have executives at Sony and marvel arguing over who plays the better Peter Parker.
this is a long term investment. there's a lot of time and money riding on whoever they pick. i wonder what the contention is about. because i doubt that we have executives at Sony and marvel arguing over who plays the better Peter Parker.
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11:39PM on 06/12/2015

Eliminate the pretty boys from the list.

You need someone who will grow into a man, not grow into Edward Furlong.
You need someone who will grow into a man, not grow into Edward Furlong.
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10:52PM on 06/12/2015
Sony hasn't learned a damn thing from the mess they've created.
Sony hasn't learned a damn thing from the mess they've created.
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9:33PM on 06/12/2015
morons might as well call him spider-boy.
morons might as well call him spider-boy.
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8:10PM on 06/12/2015
Marvel has had unequivical success... Sony screwed the franchise up twice... heed Marvels advice!
Marvel has had unequivical success... Sony screwed the franchise up twice... heed Marvels advice!
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6:57PM on 06/12/2015
Somewhere Melissa McCarthy's phone is about to ring...
Somewhere Melissa McCarthy's phone is about to ring...
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7:18PM on 06/12/2015
Man, I was literally closing this tab because I finished reading the article, I normally read a comment or two as I'm closing the tab. I read your comment and clicked close. I processed said comment in my brain and I laughed pretty hard. I opened a new tab, clicked recents, clicked this page and then had log in...... Good stuff.
Man, I was literally closing this tab because I finished reading the article, I normally read a comment or two as I'm closing the tab. I read your comment and clicked close. I processed said comment in my brain and I laughed pretty hard. I opened a new tab, clicked recents, clicked this page and then had log in...... Good stuff.
11:15PM on 06/12/2015
Appreciate that, Mark.
Appreciate that, Mark.
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6:42PM on 06/12/2015

Dear Sony,

1. Let Marvel choose. 2. Reap the benefits. Simple.
1. Let Marvel choose. 2. Reap the benefits. Simple.
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6:01PM on 06/12/2015
Sony fuck off right now!
Sony fuck off right now!
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5:57PM on 06/12/2015

Lol

Just clicked on Tom Holland and he is about 100 years old, so it would be interesting to see him.
Just clicked on Tom Holland and he is about 100 years old, so it would be interesting to see him.
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5:46PM on 06/12/2015
Sony needs to shut up. Guess they haven't learned their lesson or checked the scoreboard on mcu films.
Sony needs to shut up. Guess they haven't learned their lesson or checked the scoreboard on mcu films.
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4:33PM on 06/12/2015

Sony?

GET OUT OF THE FRAKKING WAY.
GET OUT OF THE FRAKKING WAY.
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4:27PM on 06/12/2015
Even if they do base who gets to make the decision on financial investment, Sony should keep in mind the ASM films made 1.5 billion together after spending over 500 million, whereas Marvel has made about 8.5 billion off their MCU, after only putting in like 2.4 billion (all 11 films combined). When you compare the averages, Marvel films cost a good chunk less (usually) and make more. Sony, there's a reason you paired up. Bank on that reason.
Even if they do base who gets to make the decision on financial investment, Sony should keep in mind the ASM films made 1.5 billion together after spending over 500 million, whereas Marvel has made about 8.5 billion off their MCU, after only putting in like 2.4 billion (all 11 films combined). When you compare the averages, Marvel films cost a good chunk less (usually) and make more. Sony, there's a reason you paired up. Bank on that reason.
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4:25PM on 06/12/2015
That's too bad; I was kind of warming up to the idea of Butterfield as Spidey.

But honestly, at this point I wouldn't be surprised if Marvel and/or Sony were to cast someone who's name hasn't even been considered or mentioned yet. Sort of like Evans for Captain America, and Pratt for Star Lord.

But I'm still pulling for Taron Egerton or Anton Yelchin despite the fact that they are a little older than your average high schooler.
That's too bad; I was kind of warming up to the idea of Butterfield as Spidey.

But honestly, at this point I wouldn't be surprised if Marvel and/or Sony were to cast someone who's name hasn't even been considered or mentioned yet. Sort of like Evans for Captain America, and Pratt for Star Lord.

But I'm still pulling for Taron Egerton or Anton Yelchin despite the fact that they are a little older than your average high schooler.
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3:28AM on 06/13/2015
Sony you have Kevin Feige helping you. He told you what was wrong with amazing spiderman 2 and you didn't listen shut the smeg up listen to the man HE WANTS TO MAKE YOU MONEY in KEVIN WE TRUST

Sony you have Kevin Feige helping you. He told you what was wrong with amazing spiderman 2 and you didn't listen shut the smeg up listen to the man HE WANTS TO MAKE YOU MONEY in KEVIN WE TRUST

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