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Marvel Studios and Sony At Odds Over ‘Spider-Man’ Casting
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At first it looked like Asa Butterfield was going to get the role of Peter Parker/Spider-Man for the upcoming reboot. For the past couple of weeks, actors have been testing for the role since filming for Captain America: Civil War started last month, with many reporting that Butterfield was one of the major frontrunners. However, with no official confirmation from either Marvel or Sony, it looks like the casting process is a bit more problematic.

Now comes word that the Ender’s Game actor may not be under consideration anymore, and that Tom Holland (The Impossible), Charlie Plummer (Boardwalk Empire), and Matthew Lintz (Pixels) are the new frontrunners for Spider-Man. It also appears that Marvel Studios and Sony are unable to come to an agreement as to who could play the webslinger.

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Sony Zeroing In On New Director For ‘Spider-Man’
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Sony is zeroing in on a director for their brand new Spider-Man reboot. When we last reported on the news, the studio’s shortlist consisted of Jonathan Levine (Warm Bodies, 50/50), Jared Hess (Napoleon Dynamite, Nacho Libre), Jason Moore (Pitch Perfect), Theodore Melfi (St. Vincent), and the team of John Francis Daley and Jonathan M. Goldstein (the Vacation reboot). That was just a few weeks ago, and now it appears that two of the directors are now in the running to helm the film.

A new report says that Levine and Melfi now top Sony’s shortlist of directors. It also says that the studio may settle on a new name that hasn’t appeared on the original shortlist. More on the story below.

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Asa Butterfield Is The New ‘Spider-Man’ Frontrunner
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The search for Spider-Man may be over according to a new rumor from none other than the Latino Review. According to them Asa Butterfield (Ender’s Game) is your new webslinger. While he does look like he fits the high school profile that Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige is looking for, he isn’t necessarily the target age of 15 – 16 they wanted. That being said, Butterfield’s youth should be enough to keep the audience believing that he is a high schooler.

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Sony and Marvel Eye Jonathan Levine, Jared Hess, Others To Direct ‘Spider-Man’ Reboot
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Every day now appears to bear news regarding Marvel Studios and Sony Pictures Entertainment’s Spider-Man reboot, which might be titled either The Spectacular Spider-Man or Spider-Man: The New Avenger, and is rumored take place during Peter Parker’s high school years. The title role has yet to be cast, but the front-runners reportedly include Nat Wolff, Asa Butterfield, Tom Holland, Timothée Chalamet, and Liam James.

Drew Goddard (Cabin in the Woods) supposedly had been the studios’ top choice to write and direct the reboot, but recently a list of possible directors up for the job was released by Deadline’s Mike Fleming Jr. and Goddard’s name is nowhere to be found. Instead it appears as if Marvel and Sony are on the hunt for someone who will bring a lighter touch to the proceedings because the list features the likes of Jonathan Levine, Jared Hess, Jason Moore, Theodore Melfi, and the team of John Francis Daley and Jonathan M. Goldstein.

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Rumor: ‘Spider-Man’ Reboot Has A New Working Title
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Sony isn’t wasting any time tying their franchise superhero, Spider-Man, to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. As we all know, Sony and Marvel made a deal earlier this year to share the webslinger, allowing him to play in the Marvel sandbox.

We are still very early in the pre-production phase as no one has been named director or has been cast as the titular character. Even The Spectacular Spider-Man title is unconfirmed. But a new rumor says that Sony and Marvel may have a new working title. Hit the jump for more.

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Shortlist Of Actors Up For ‘Spider-Man’ Role
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Sony has been searching for an actor to play the new Spider-Man ever since they announced that they would be rebooting the character. Previous reports confirmed that the studio wanted to focus on Peter Parker balancing his life as a high school student while being a superhero. Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige said the ideal range for the character would be around “15-16” and rumored tests with Weeds star Mateus Ward gave us an idea that they wanted an actor who would be able to truly represent that age.

Now in a new report, Sony is said to have settled on at least five actors. They are: Nat Wolff, Asa Butterfield, Tom Holland, Timothée Chalamet, and Liam James.

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‘Spider-Man’ Reboot To Focus On High School Peter Parker
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In February, Sony announced that it would share Spider-Man with their rivals, Marvel Studios. Though Sony would still retain the rights and creative control, it meant that the webslinger could be seen alongside heroes like Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, etc. The deal also says that Marvel won’t pay Sony anything to use the character in their cinematic universe, such as The Avengers movies or Captain America: Civil War, and neither Sony nor Marvel will take a cut of the other studios’ projects involving Spider-Man.

It is expected that Spider-Man may make his MCU debut in Captain America: Civil War. If that is the plan, then casting should be underway since the Captain America sequel is expected to begin filming as soon as the Avengers: Age of Ultron press tour is complete. Dylan O’Brien and Logan Lerman were rumored to be in the running at one point in time, and it was even reported that the reboot may have Miles Morales instead of Peter Parker. But Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige confirms that the new Spider-Man reboot will focus on Parker and that it won’t be an origins story.

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Marvel Eyes 16-Year-Old Mateus Ward As New Spider-Man
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Marvel will be putting their faith in the final acts of Phase 3 on Anthony and Joe Russo. The sibling directors are returning to direct Captain America: Civil War, and are nearly confirmed to helm The Avengers: Infinity War, Marvel’s two-part of Phase 3. But in the midst of all of this is Spider-Man. Now that Sony is willing to share the character with their rival studio, Marvel can now fully integrate the character into the MCU.

Though final creative control of the webslinger will remain with Sony, Marvel will still have some input, and now it looks like they are finally making the first move to introduce an actor to replace Andrew Garfield. The first actor to audition for the role is Weeds star Mateus Ward.

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