The sound of people scratching their heads is deafening.
Relatively unknown actor, Andrew Garfield has been cast as Spider-Man/Peter Parker in the way-too-soon reboot of the money-printing Marvel Comics film franchise. The most common question to be asked since the announcement has been, “Who?” Born in LA and raised in England (yeah, wrap your head around that one), the 26 year-old Garfield will replace Tobey Maguire as the web-slinging hero for the 4th Spider-Man film.
I guess I’m fine with this. After the debacle that was Spider-Man 3, I was hoping that they would recast and continue the franchise. Please note, I said recast, not start completely over. Oh well, as Jagger once said, you can’t always get what you want. However, with a new director and a new cast, I’m hoping the series will shake off the negative memories left by Topher Grace as Venom. -shudder-
But this new direction for Spidey also has its potential risks. They plan on sticking him back in high school and having him deal with the typical problems of an American teenager. LAME! Sony, please don’t make this High School Spider-Musical. And PLEASE, do not make the audience sit through another origin story. If anything, do what Louis Leterrier did for The Incredible Hulk. Backstory behind the opening credits. Brilliant! Done! Moving on! Also, as stated above, Garfield is 26 (and will be 27 when production begins). I picture a high school hallway filled with either kids in their late 20s, or Garfield standing a head above everyone else around him. But, we’ll see. As I’ve stated plenty of times before, they might surprise us.
As for Garfield as an actor, I can’t say much of anything. To date, the only thing I’ve seen him in was a two-part episode of Doctor Who back in 2007, and even that I had to look up and say “Oh, he was in that?” He recently appeared in Terry Gilliam’s The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, but I’m sure he was overlooked in favor of the final onscreen appearance of Heath Ledger. However, he can be seen in David Fincher’s The Social Network, due this fall, and I’m sure he will be scrutinized by comic fans who venture to see the Facebook-inspired thriller.
The currently untitled Spider-Man film is directed by Marc Webb and will open in 3D and 2D on July 3, 2012.