3:45 pm EST, February 23, 2015

New report says Marvel’s Spider-Man won’t be white

New information regarding the recasting of Spider-Man suggests a “95%” chance that the actor who will play Spider-Man in Captain America: Civil War won’t be white.

The Wrap’s Jeff Sneider recently revealed on a podcast that he’s almost certain that a non-white actor will be cast as Sony/Marvel’s new Spider-Man. While this isn’t this first time we’ve heard this since Marvel announced the webslinger will join their films, Sneider is normally fairly well informed.

Jeff Sneider said, “Listen, this is not set in stone guys, but I’m telling you right now, Spider-Man’s not going to be white. Spider-Man’s not going to be white. I’m 95% sure. Spider-Man’s going to be most likely black. But there’s a chance he could also be Latino. 95% sure, not white.” He followed up this comment with a Tweet:

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Recent reports also suggest the actor will be a much younger than Andrew Garfield, who is just 31 now. So, we may be looking at a young, black or hispanic actor in the role of Spider-Man in the next few films that Marvel and Sony will work on together.

There have been reports that Sony/Marvel may be going the Miles Morales route, which would see our first person of color join the Avengers, so it does fit the new reports that are coming out.

But Marvel is just leasing Spider-Man from Sony, and Sony still supposedly has the final say about who will be cast in the role, and they’ve always seemed to prefer the Peter Parker storyline. Sneider said, “I don’t think it’s gonna be Peter Parker,” when talking about whether it’ll be Peter or Miles’ storyline.

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It’s mostly speculation right now, but with Spider-Man most likely appearing in Captain America: Civil War, which hits theaters May 6, 2016, the studios are probably diving into auditions of young actors. Just over a year away, Civil War will be a massive film, but now it’s most likely going to be introducing the new Spider-Man.

The casting rumors so far have included Dylan O’Brien and Logan Lerman, who are both white actors, so this new report from Sneider is in contrast with what we’ve been hearing. It’s also been said by Sony execs that there won’t be an origins film, as they believe audiences are tired of seeing the same thing after two origin films.

But, if they cast an actor to play Miles Morales, it could prove difficult for those unfamiliar with his storyline to get up to speed unless the studio does an origins film to fill out his backstory. We think it’d be great to see an actor of color join the Avengers’ storyline, but without an origins film, the studio may find it difficult to get the average moviegoer to differentiate between Miles Morales’ storyline and Peter Parker’s.

We need to find out if Sony/Marvel plan to use the Miles Morales Spider-Man, or the Peter Parker Spider-Man, and then we can really start speculating as to who may be cast as the future Spider-Man.

Let us know if you’d rather see Peter Parker as Spider-Man or a new take with a young Miles Morales as Spider-Man in Marvel and Sony’s joint ventures with the incredibly popular superhero.

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