Marvel's Spider-Man Is Already Looking At These Two Actors

Certainly one of the biggest questions to emerge since the announcement of the landmark deal between Marvel Studios and Sony Pictures has been in regard to recasting Spider-Man. Andrew Garfield's tenure as the big screen version of the character is up, and the search is on for a much younger actor to replace him. We will surely here about a ton of names vying for the part over the next few weeks and months, but for right now there seems to be two names launching the hunt for the perfect new star: Dylan O'Brien and Logan Lerman.

This news comes to us from Variety, which has sources telling them that both the Maze Runner and Fury stars have emerged as candidates for the role of Spider-Man. The trade notes that actors haven't been approached about the role yet, but let's take a closer look at these two young stars, shall we?

Dylan O'Brien

Dylan O'Brien was included in our list of 10 potential candidates to play Spider-Man that launched this morning, and, as we noted, he's a pretty good fit. The 23 year old actor got his first taste of franchise filmmaking last year when he starred in the surprisingly successful The Maze Runner (which has a sequel in the works), and already has a solid fan following thanks to his his time as the lead on MTV's Teen Wolf series. He certainly has the youthful look and athleticism that would be needed for him to play the wall-crawler, and just from our comments section its clear that a lot of people like him as a choice.

Logan Lerman

Unlike O'Brien, Logan Lerman wasn't on our list, but his name has been getting dropped by a lot of fans across social media platforms. He has actually has quite a lot in common with his competition, as he is also a rather fresh-faced 23 year old, and he has also had some experience heading up his own sequel-producing franchise (namely the Percy Jackson movies). He got some positive marks for his work in David Ayer's World War II tank drama Fury last year, so it's not hard to see why he might be considered a good option for Spider-Man.

While it's exciting to hear about the actors who will end up in contention for the coveted role of Spider-Man in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it's important to note that it may be a little while until a casting selection is made. Variety says in their piece that Sony is looking to find a director for the upcoming solo Spider-Man reboot in 2017 before they move forward with finding someone to cast in the titular part. Still, that's not going to stop the rumor mill from constantly spilling out names, so stay tuned!

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