Although superhero movies are at their peek of popularity, they’re still not immune to a common problem that has plagued many franchises through cinema history: recasting. The world isn’t perfect, and occasionally there are developments that force a studio to find someone new to play an established hero, villain or supporting character. The most common reasons are because of a reboot (Henry Cavill replacing Brandon Routh as Superman) or an actor being replaced by the studio due to irreconcilable differences (Don Cheadle taking over as James Rhodes, a.k.a. War Machine, from Terrence Howard). It may inadvertently make fans angry, but it’s necessary to keep the machine running.

The next five years will see even more superhero films being released, but that also means that we’ll be seeing a lot of new actors taking on heroic or villainous roles that were previously portrayed by other talented actors. With that in mind, here are 10 superheroes and super villains who are currently on the recast docket - whether it’s due to age, reboots or simply to replace someone who has moved on.

Spider-Man
Spider-Man
Who Currently Plays Him: Andrew Garfield

Why He Should Be Replaced: Because of the new deal between Marvel Studios and Sony, Spider-Man is being rebooted… again. Consequently, the Amazing Spider-Man series has been cancelled, and it has been officially said that an actor will succeed Garfield as the live action version of everyone’s favorite web-slinger. Unlike the previous two actors, whoever ends up playing Spider-Man will have the good fortunate of appearing alongside other Marvel heroes in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Who Should Replace Him?: It’s been rumored that Marvel has already looked at Dylan O’Brien and Logan Lerman as potential candidates. But if the franchise really wants a younger actor for the part, one candidate that should be looked at is Anton Yelchin, who has achieved stardom for his roles in Terminator Salvation and the rebooted Star Trek series. Of course, if there is any truth to the next Spidey actor not being white, Slumdog Millionaire and The Newsroom’s Dev Patel would be another great choice. Neither actor is high school-aged, but they could definitely bring the humor and attitude necessary for Peter Parker.

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