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Marvel may have secretly auditioned 16-year-old Mateus Ward for Spider-man

03.23.2015

With rumors flying that the next Spider-man may not be white and Marvel head Joe Quesada saying it will be Peter Parker, it is hard to keep track of which rumor is going where. The majority of casting has leaned towards Logan Lerman or Dylan O"Brian as contenders for the coveted superhero role, but now a new source may change the dynamic of who producers are looking at for the part.

Badass Digest claims sources have TV actor Mateus Ward secretly testing for the Spider-man role which will debut in next year's CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR. The film is slated to begin filming in a few weeks so it is vital the role be cast soon. But, what does Ward have that no other rumored contender has? Youth.

The sixteen year old actor would be the youngest Marvel hero if he gets the part and would definitely be the youngest potential actor being considered for the role. Interestingly, both Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield were in their twenties when they were cast as Spider-man which also limits the longevity of the actor playing the role. After two or three films, you are already a decade older then the high school/college-aged hero.

Ward, best known for roles on the CBS series Hostages and Showtime's Weeds, would fit in with Marvel taking the character back to high school. Whether this turns out to be the decision they go with is unknown, but I personally like taking the role back to a very young actor. It would add a freshness as compared to the rest of the Avengers and Marvel Cinematic Universe and also follow through on the promise to do Spider-man the right way.

Spider-man will debut in CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR on May 6, 2016 before getting his own adventure on July 28, 2017.

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9:23PM on 03/25/2015
My only issue with being this young is I want a wise cracking Spider-man not a voice cracking one which is possible with a kid still going through puberty, but at least his acne will be hidden behind a mask. Otherwise if marvel is confident in him then so should we they have done well so far.
My only issue with being this young is I want a wise cracking Spider-man not a voice cracking one which is possible with a kid still going through puberty, but at least his acne will be hidden behind a mask. Otherwise if marvel is confident in him then so should we they have done well so far.
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11:48PM on 03/24/2015
Excellent news if it's true. And even better is it pans out! About time they cast a properly aged Parker. This is would be an excellent move for so many reasons. It gives A, a longer lifespan to this particular actor as Parker B, who wouldn't like to finally see kid Spider-Man in awe of the big guys in the Avengers? Looking up to them and being rightfully confused about the issues from Civil War. To name a few. Anyways, I really hope this happens!
Excellent news if it's true. And even better is it pans out! About time they cast a properly aged Parker. This is would be an excellent move for so many reasons. It gives A, a longer lifespan to this particular actor as Parker B, who wouldn't like to finally see kid Spider-Man in awe of the big guys in the Avengers? Looking up to them and being rightfully confused about the issues from Civil War. To name a few. Anyways, I really hope this happens!
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5:35PM on 03/24/2015
Ugh no!
Ugh no!
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2:31PM on 03/24/2015

Nope. We don't want 16 year old Spider-Man

Wtf is wrong with Sony?! They keep messing everything up. Peter Parker should be just leaving high school and joining the daily bugle. How is he supposed to match wits with Tony Stark?
Wtf is wrong with Sony?! They keep messing everything up. Peter Parker should be just leaving high school and joining the daily bugle. How is he supposed to match wits with Tony Stark?
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9:14AM on 03/25/2015
This one is Marvel's call not Sony.
This one is Marvel's call not Sony.
12:17PM on 03/24/2015
One day, Spidey will leave high school. But he'll come back the following term as a teacher.
One day, Spidey will leave high school. But he'll come back the following term as a teacher.
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4:01AM on 03/24/2015
Interesting. Never heard of this guy but if they're going back to high school then at least its authentic casting. His acting ability is the next thing in question. I saw a post below worrying that he will be acted off the screen. Never seen him act so don't know but its an important point. Whoever they pick needs to have charisma to spare. Whiny teens need not apply. No Lucas casting here please (actually that's perhaps not quite fair as his scripts let most of the actors down). Having
Interesting. Never heard of this guy but if they're going back to high school then at least its authentic casting. His acting ability is the next thing in question. I saw a post below worrying that he will be acted off the screen. Never seen him act so don't know but its an important point. Whoever they pick needs to have charisma to spare. Whiny teens need not apply. No Lucas casting here please (actually that's perhaps not quite fair as his scripts let most of the actors down). Having said that, I've enjoyed Marvel's casting thus far so from my perspective, if true, this news deserve the benefit of the doubt.
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3:00AM on 03/24/2015

When you have an 8 year old nephew

I recognize him from a little known Disney show called Lab Rats & he played a villain type role. I just love when a name no fanboy has heard of throws them off.
I recognize him from a little known Disney show called Lab Rats & he played a villain type role. I just love when a name no fanboy has heard of throws them off.
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2:40AM on 03/24/2015
Never seen him in anything, but to go this young and not have some semblance of familiarity to audiences seems risky looking from a stand-alone film point of view. Unless he can kill it during his limited screen time in Civil War. I am still hoping it is Dylan Obrien and he is just playing coy.
Never seen him in anything, but to go this young and not have some semblance of familiarity to audiences seems risky looking from a stand-alone film point of view. Unless he can kill it during his limited screen time in Civil War. I am still hoping it is Dylan Obrien and he is just playing coy.
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8:04PM on 03/23/2015

I still think Dylan O'Brien got the role.

He's been long outspoken about his desire to play Spider-Man and now all of a sudden he's trying to hide it.

Also, Devin said his source on Mateus was untested. So possible chance this is bogus.
He's been long outspoken about his desire to play Spider-Man and now all of a sudden he's trying to hide it.

Also, Devin said his source on Mateus was untested. So possible chance this is bogus.
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12:35AM on 03/24/2015
Either that or he knows he did't get it and wants to save face.
Either that or he knows he did't get it and wants to save face.
6:17AM on 03/24/2015
If he wasn't contacted about it, he'd be trying to hype himself for the role like Asa Butterfield and Freddie Highmore did. If he auditioned and failed, he'd be more likely to stay silent because he wouldn't want to discuss it at all.
If he wasn't contacted about it, he'd be trying to hype himself for the role like Asa Butterfield and Freddie Highmore did. If he auditioned and failed, he'd be more likely to stay silent because he wouldn't want to discuss it at all.
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7:19PM on 03/23/2015
I have no idea who this guy is but am definitely a big supporter of a high school Spidey finding his way in the world...filled with larger than life established heroes. The potential for him to f**k things up while trying to do the right thing could help fuel a need for governments to put a check on what superpowered beings get up to in this new world. I'm happy for them to skip an origin story and have him a few months in to his hero days...perhaps have him being Spidey for half a year, that
I have no idea who this guy is but am definitely a big supporter of a high school Spidey finding his way in the world...filled with larger than life established heroes. The potential for him to f**k things up while trying to do the right thing could help fuel a need for governments to put a check on what superpowered beings get up to in this new world. I'm happy for them to skip an origin story and have him a few months in to his hero days...perhaps have him being Spidey for half a year, that would be a fair amount of time for him to be witty again following the death of his uncle (who wants a witty Spidey in the immediate aftermath of him losing his uncle?) Also, given such an age, it makes sense the he's just come on the scene and no one would have known about him...making him easier to fit in to the MCU.
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4:20AM on 03/24/2015
Trying to remember now but didn't Civil War start off with a team led by a character called Speedball creating some accidental havoc? Could work if they put Spider-man in a similar situation. The circumstances would need to be different because of Spidey's character but a big mistake at the start could be a good additional catalyst to whatever gets the ball rolling in AOU.
Trying to remember now but didn't Civil War start off with a team led by a character called Speedball creating some accidental havoc? Could work if they put Spider-man in a similar situation. The circumstances would need to be different because of Spidey's character but a big mistake at the start could be a good additional catalyst to whatever gets the ball rolling in AOU.
7:06PM on 03/23/2015
I watched Hostages and really don't remember anything memorable about the character that he played that would scream out Peter Parker/Spider-Man. I don't know If it was his performance or just the lousy writing.

I wish Marvel would just have this new Spider-Man be in college and be experienced already (but I guess that would interfere with the Civil War storyline).

Anyway, I'm still pulling for Anton Yelchin or Taron Egerton to get the part.
I watched Hostages and really don't remember anything memorable about the character that he played that would scream out Peter Parker/Spider-Man. I don't know If it was his performance or just the lousy writing.

I wish Marvel would just have this new Spider-Man be in college and be experienced already (but I guess that would interfere with the Civil War storyline).

Anyway, I'm still pulling for Anton Yelchin or Taron Egerton to get the part.
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7:23PM on 03/23/2015
He was in the Bruce Willis movie Hostage? That was like 10 years ago, wasn't it?

I agree ab a college Parker, doing an "Incredible Hulk" type sequel, but how does it effect the Civil War storyline? Or interfere? In the comic he was already well established. Now that I think about it, it really doesn't make sense for him to be in high school if they are sticking to the comic. It doesn't make sense for him to out himself as a newbie
He was in the Bruce Willis movie Hostage? That was like 10 years ago, wasn't it?

I agree ab a college Parker, doing an "Incredible Hulk" type sequel, but how does it effect the Civil War storyline? Or interfere? In the comic he was already well established. Now that I think about it, it really doesn't make sense for him to be in high school if they are sticking to the comic. It doesn't make sense for him to out himself as a newbie
7:53PM on 03/23/2015
Hostages was a television series that ran on CBS for one season. He played the main character's son.
Hostages was a television series that ran on CBS for one season. He played the main character's son.
9:59PM on 03/23/2015
I might be remembering it wrong but in the comics isn't Spider-Man pretty experienced in Civil War? Maybe at the very end of his high school career or something but he's no rookie.

Or are you talking about the movie saying it just wouldn't make sense to throw an experienced spiderman in there because it wouldn't make sense in the cinematic chronology?
I might be remembering it wrong but in the comics isn't Spider-Man pretty experienced in Civil War? Maybe at the very end of his high school career or something but he's no rookie.

Or are you talking about the movie saying it just wouldn't make sense to throw an experienced spiderman in there because it wouldn't make sense in the cinematic chronology?
3:54AM on 03/24/2015
Oh no, in the comic version of Civil War, Peter Parker is out of college, married to Mary Jane, and working for Tony Stark with a high tech suit. They're *definitely* not doing anything close to that, even if they go with someone slightly older.

...although if Stark is the one who makes his classic suit in Civil War, that would be pretty cool. Better explanation than either of the previous films ever came up with :P
Oh no, in the comic version of Civil War, Peter Parker is out of college, married to Mary Jane, and working for Tony Stark with a high tech suit. They're *definitely* not doing anything close to that, even if they go with someone slightly older.

...although if Stark is the one who makes his classic suit in Civil War, that would be pretty cool. Better explanation than either of the previous films ever came up with :P
11:51PM on 03/24/2015
Anton Yelchin?? Oh brother... That's not going to happen. Well, I sure hope not. It's a terrible idea! Egerton is not that much better either, imho.
Anton Yelchin?? Oh brother... That's not going to happen. Well, I sure hope not. It's a terrible idea! Egerton is not that much better either, imho.
7:03PM on 03/23/2015
Spiderman needs to be someone under 18, thats the whole point of the character. I understand the trouble that puts on studios with child work rights, but a twenty something spiderman doesnt work. Spiderman was the most relatable superhero because we were all the awkward kid, some of us still are. Its hard to connect with genius playboys or aliens, but a kid from New York has a better connection. Spiderman doesnt deal with business take-overs or politics, he deals with homework and puberty.
Spiderman needs to be someone under 18, thats the whole point of the character. I understand the trouble that puts on studios with child work rights, but a twenty something spiderman doesnt work. Spiderman was the most relatable superhero because we were all the awkward kid, some of us still are. Its hard to connect with genius playboys or aliens, but a kid from New York has a better connection. Spiderman doesnt deal with business take-overs or politics, he deals with homework and puberty. Spiderman is the teenaged superhero, and you have to keep him that way. I'll support an 18-21 year old actor playing him if he is believably a teenager. Andre Garfield may have been 29 when he took the role, but he looked more like a high school student than Tobey Maguire (im not picking sides, both had pros and cons). I wanna see Peter juggle superpowers with trying to be popular, dealing with gym class, and fighting crime without falling behind on homework. It's essentially a high school movie like "Mean Girls" or "Breakfast Club" but with super powers. (go on, downvote me)
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6:42PM on 03/23/2015
Peter Parker has been Spiderman since he was 15-years old. as stated in the Civl Wars comics. With the last Spiderman movies casting a much older actor to play Spiderman, Maguire was 27 and Garfield was 29. How will the audience react to the possible casting of young actor more closer the comic book age of Peter Parker. Spidermans age didnt seem like a factor in the comics as it will in a live-action setting especially that of a 16 year kid. I would go with older actor to better blend well
Peter Parker has been Spiderman since he was 15-years old. as stated in the Civl Wars comics. With the last Spiderman movies casting a much older actor to play Spiderman, Maguire was 27 and Garfield was 29. How will the audience react to the possible casting of young actor more closer the comic book age of Peter Parker. Spidermans age didnt seem like a factor in the comics as it will in a live-action setting especially that of a 16 year kid. I would go with older actor to better blend well with the rest of other Heroes.
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6:54PM on 03/23/2015
What do you mean his age wasn't a factor in the comics? That was the whole point of the comics. Spiderman is beloved because he is a teenaged superhero. Most of us were kids when we started reading comic books. Its hard for us to relate to a billionaire playboy, alien, or scientist. But a kid that has to juggle school work, popularity, and crime fighting was something that struck a chord with readers. Thats the whole point of Spiderman. Race is not a factor, he doesnt even have to be in New
What do you mean his age wasn't a factor in the comics? That was the whole point of the comics. Spiderman is beloved because he is a teenaged superhero. Most of us were kids when we started reading comic books. Its hard for us to relate to a billionaire playboy, alien, or scientist. But a kid that has to juggle school work, popularity, and crime fighting was something that struck a chord with readers. Thats the whole point of Spiderman. Race is not a factor, he doesnt even have to be in New York, but his age is a must.
6:56PM on 03/23/2015
Spider-man hasn't been a teenager since 1960. He is not close to the 'comic book' age at all. Garfield is much closer to the comic book age.
Spider-man hasn't been a teenager since 1960. He is not close to the 'comic book' age at all. Garfield is much closer to the comic book age.
7:08PM on 03/23/2015
Nowheredan136 age was not a factor in the illustration of Peter Parker, Yes he was in high school, but he was illustrated to look older. He was not drawn up to look like a 15 year old kid even though he was meant to portray one. same goes for the cartoon series.

capwulf. Garfield wasnt close to comics book age of Peter Parker while he was in High School which is the setting Marvel plans on putting him back into.
Nowheredan136 age was not a factor in the illustration of Peter Parker, Yes he was in high school, but he was illustrated to look older. He was not drawn up to look like a 15 year old kid even though he was meant to portray one. same goes for the cartoon series.

capwulf. Garfield wasnt close to comics book age of Peter Parker while he was in High School which is the setting Marvel plans on putting him back into.
5:12AM on 03/24/2015
The Ultimates...
The Ultimates...
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6:38PM on 03/23/2015
No... this kid will be out acted by all the other actors on that screen. Lerman was solid in Fury.. he could be a good choice. The actor needs to be someone that has a resume can hold his own on that screen.
No... this kid will be out acted by all the other actors on that screen. Lerman was solid in Fury.. he could be a good choice. The actor needs to be someone that has a resume can hold his own on that screen.
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8:02PM on 03/23/2015
I don't see Lerman as a good choice either. I mean does he have the chops to trade barbs with RDJ in an Avengers movie? And remember it's not the same as his role in Fury with Brad Pitt.
I don't see Lerman as a good choice either. I mean does he have the chops to trade barbs with RDJ in an Avengers movie? And remember it's not the same as his role in Fury with Brad Pitt.
10:47PM on 03/23/2015
I agree... he is just the best choice of the ones i have heard mentioned. We need another actor like Tobey Maguire that was just so damn perfect!
I agree... he is just the best choice of the ones i have heard mentioned. We need another actor like Tobey Maguire that was just so damn perfect!
10:58PM on 03/23/2015
You say you agree and then contradict everything I say. Right.

Getting another Tobey is a mistake, especially one who's more boring than Tobey. No Lerman, please. Stop overhyping him.
You say you agree and then contradict everything I say. Right.

Getting another Tobey is a mistake, especially one who's more boring than Tobey. No Lerman, please. Stop overhyping him.
11:33PM on 03/23/2015
Tobey was a much better Peter Parker/Spider-Man.

Garfield was an emo hipster who I didn't care for at all.
Tobey was a much better Peter Parker/Spider-Man.

Garfield was an emo hipster who I didn't care for at all.
6:18AM on 03/24/2015
Tobey was just a better awkward and nerdy Peter Parker. Garfield was a better Spider-Man. I want someone who can play both.

And could someone like Maguire or Lerman trade barbs with RDJ? Not happening.
Tobey was just a better awkward and nerdy Peter Parker. Garfield was a better Spider-Man. I want someone who can play both.

And could someone like Maguire or Lerman trade barbs with RDJ? Not happening.
9:36AM on 03/24/2015
Well, i didnt contradict everything you said. I agree'd that Lerman isnt a GOOD choice, but of the 3 names i have heard mentioned, he is the best one. Right

And we are not in agreement on Maguire... he was a perfect choice for Spider-Man and could 100% hold his own against the other Avengers.
Well, i didnt contradict everything you said. I agree'd that Lerman isnt a GOOD choice, but of the 3 names i have heard mentioned, he is the best one. Right

And we are not in agreement on Maguire... he was a perfect choice for Spider-Man and could 100% hold his own against the other Avengers.
12:35PM on 03/24/2015
Believe me. Whoever lands the job is gonna, among other related things, have scenes with RDJ and is gonna have to trade barbs with him. I don't see Maguire doing that, Lerman even less so. O'Brien yes.
Believe me. Whoever lands the job is gonna, among other related things, have scenes with RDJ and is gonna have to trade barbs with him. I don't see Maguire doing that, Lerman even less so. O'Brien yes.
2:20AM on 03/25/2015
O'brien wasnt bad in The Internship... but his biggest rolrs, Teen Wolf and Maze Runner i never saw cuz they dont interest me.

I thought today that Ansel Elgort from Fault in Our Stars and Divergent/ Insergent... he can pull off different roles with ease... and could def hold his own against RDJ and Sam Jackson
O'brien wasnt bad in The Internship... but his biggest rolrs, Teen Wolf and Maze Runner i never saw cuz they dont interest me.

I thought today that Ansel Elgort from Fault in Our Stars and Divergent/ Insergent... he can pull off different roles with ease... and could def hold his own against RDJ and Sam Jackson
6:31PM on 03/23/2015
He seems too young if they're skipping the origin story and introducing as an established spider-man, but is a good fit if they want this set in high school. But Marvel and Sony appear to want their cake and eat it too.
I wish they'd just bring Garfield back. He was never the problem with the other films. Also, I think having him getting recruited by the Avengers could play very well in having him finding the reason to be spider-man again after Gwen's death. But I guess the studio thinks
He seems too young if they're skipping the origin story and introducing as an established spider-man, but is a good fit if they want this set in high school. But Marvel and Sony appear to want their cake and eat it too.
I wish they'd just bring Garfield back. He was never the problem with the other films. Also, I think having him getting recruited by the Avengers could play very well in having him finding the reason to be spider-man again after Gwen's death. But I guess the studio thinks having Peter bullied by Flash again is a better story choice.
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4:08AM on 03/24/2015
Problem with the Amazing Spider-man universe is that they have already screwed up some good villains. Pulling that world into MCU would be a mistake. I agree in that he was the best Spider-man so far though so its a pity he's the face of those films. Don't want too much repetition either so its complicated if they're going with high school. Hopefully the MCU can make it fresh.
Problem with the Amazing Spider-man universe is that they have already screwed up some good villains. Pulling that world into MCU would be a mistake. I agree in that he was the best Spider-man so far though so its a pity he's the face of those films. Don't want too much repetition either so its complicated if they're going with high school. Hopefully the MCU can make it fresh.
6:09PM on 03/23/2015

I don't trust it...

He looks a little Mexican to me.
He looks a little Mexican to me.
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9:16AM on 03/25/2015
Nice Weeds reference!
Nice Weeds reference!
6:01PM on 03/23/2015
I like that they're going younger, but I don't know anything about this kid.
I like that they're going younger, but I don't know anything about this kid.
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5:49PM on 03/23/2015
Indifferent. Don't know him. I watched Labor Day last night (terrible) and thought the kid in it, when he becomes older at the end but not yet Tobey Maguire, looked ok. I've said it before, but after Whiplash I also think Miles Teller could be really good. I think his humor would be good next to Stark and company. But that'll never happen bc of F4, his head is probably too big for the mask, and he is prolly a little too old for what they want. But I think it could really be a knock out.
Indifferent. Don't know him. I watched Labor Day last night (terrible) and thought the kid in it, when he becomes older at the end but not yet Tobey Maguire, looked ok. I've said it before, but after Whiplash I also think Miles Teller could be really good. I think his humor would be good next to Stark and company. But that'll never happen bc of F4, his head is probably too big for the mask, and he is prolly a little too old for what they want. But I think it could really be a knock out.
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