Next May’s Captain America: Civil War is a film that fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe are looking forward to more than this month’s Avengers: Age Of Ultron. Not only does the film bring to life a variation of a popular comic book storyline, but it will mark the introduction/integration of Spider-Man, a hero whose film rights were held by Sony and so was previously contractually prohibited from mingling with the inhabitants of Marvel Studio’s interconnecting franchises. The thing is that even though shooting on Civil War is ongoing in Atlanta, we still don’t know who will play the popular wall-crawling superhero.
But that answer could come to us very soon, as soon as within the next several days.
The Hollywood Reporter is stating that the studio flew the six final contenders for the role to Atlanta yesterday for screentests and that a decision based on these screentests is “expected to be made early in the week.” Of the six, the two leading contenders appear to Asa Butterfield and Tom Holland, who were reported last month to be on the studio’s shortlist for the role. The Reporter states that the other four young actors testing were Judah Lewis, Matthew Lintz, Charlie Plummer and Charlie Rowe. All six are under twenty as both Marvel and Sony want this new iteration of the comics hero to still be in his high school years.
The people making the decision as to who gets the role looks to be Marvel Studios honcho Kevin Feige, former Sony president and now producer of the Spider-Man solo film franchise for the studio Amy Pascal and Captain America: Civil War directors Joe and Anthony Russo.
Currently, the plan is to have Spider-Man debut in Civil War before headlining his own solo film scheduled for July 28, 2017. He will then show up for the two-part epic The Avengers: Infinity War in 2018 and 2019 before presumably continuing on with his own solo cinematic adventures.