Like any relationship that gets past the puppy love stage, squabbles are bound to happen. And apparently Sony and Marvel are having a pretty big one over who should play Peter Parker in the 2017 Spider-Man reboot. Asa Butterfield was rumored to be a big contender for the role of high school Peter Parker, with some sources going saying he'd locked down the part. Now, it appears that he is completely out of the picture, and only 3 hopefuls remain.
While it has never been confirmed by Disney or Marvel, the new /marvel-spider-man-asa-butterfield-peter-parker/Spider-Man has long been rumored to make his debut appearance in Captain America: Civil War, which is shooting as we speak. If Peter Parker is truly going to swing alongside the Avengers, Marvel and Sony better make a decision quick. Unless the popular Marvel icon is being solely reserved for an end credits cameo. According to the Meet the Movie Press podcast, casting has been whittled down to Tom Holland, Charlie Plummer and Matthew Lintz. An announcement was already expected to have been made, so it's unclear when we'll actually hear word on who's officially signed on.
It's being reported that casting is at a standstill. Marvel is high on Charlie Plummer, best known for his work on Boardwalk Empire. Sony, meanwhile, wants Tom Holland, best known for his work in The Impossible and Wolf Hall. It's become apparent that the two studios can't come to an agreement. Understandable, since this union was unlikely from the start.
The Spider-Man scenes were reportedly supposed to be shot in June, but as the casting delay continues, those scenes may be moved into July. It was never expected that Sony and Marvel would come to an agreement on sharing Spider-Man in the first place, so a fight over casting was to be expected. We'll be sure to keep you updated as more on this story breaks.