Losing an American Icon: Marvel to Cast Yet Another British Spider-Man

May 15, 2015 at 3:11 pm |
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Should American actors play American superheroes?

How did a teenager from Queens turn into a lover of tea and crumpets? And, rampant stereotypes aside, how did we come to lose an American icon?

According to a questionable report by Latino Review, Marvel Studios and Sony Pictures Entertainment have reportedly decided on their new, young Spider-Man: 18-year-old British actor Asa Butterfield.

Having previously starred in The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, Scorsese’s Hugo, and Ender’s Game, Butterfield is no stranger to major cinema, but by no means does that make him ready to play a New Yorker or an American superhero.

If you can even keep track of all the actors that have played Spider-Man in the past 10 years, you might realize that Butterfield won’t be the first Brit to play one of the world’s most famous and beloved costumed crime fighters: Andrew Garfield – though born in America – is English. And Spidey isn’t the only one affected: both Christian Bale and Henry Cavill are British, though their respective Batman and Superman roles have pleased fans and critics alike.

What’s happening in Hollywood? After this past year’s award season, we knew that we were undergoing a British invasion, but don’t you think that between all the established and aspiring actors in the country Sony execs could find an American? Not that it really matters if the actor is good enough (as Bale has proven), but for someone as young as Butterfield, how hard will it be to pull off a convincing Forest Hills accent and attitude? God save (the) Queens.

The other young actors on the shortlist for the new incarnation of Spider-Man include two Americans, a Canadian, and another Brit.

On the bright side, the one thing I am most excited about in terms of whoever gets cast as our new Spidey is to see the geeky, marginalized Peter Parker in his high school years, a time period we haven’t seen much of on the big screen– sorry Tobey, you were about 10 years too old in the first film.

Marvel has reported that the new Spider-Man will first appear in 2016’s Civil War before starring in his own film in 2017.

Do you think it matters who we’re casting in the roles of American superheroes? Clearly talent should be the determining factor, but what’s next —a French Captain America?

What’s next, a French Captain America? This English actor might be playing the next Spider-Man…