Peter Parker Will Be the Only Spider-Man You Ever See in the Movies
Andrew Garfield has publicly intoned that he’s not long for the ‘Spider-Man’ franchise once ‘The Amazing Spider-Man 3‘ is done (“I know that I don’t particularly want to be a 40-year-old Spider-Man…”). One of the popular theories is that the franchise will continue with a new Spider-Man, as Peter Parker hands over the reigns to fan favorite Miles Morales (who, in the comics, took over after the “Death of Spider-Man” storyline). It would be a neat way to keep the franchise coming, while also diversifying the superhero universe. Except, according to the ‘Amazing Spider-Man’ producers, it’s never going to happen.
In the comics, Morales is the son of an African American father and a Latina mother, and was partly inspired by actor/comedian/rapper Donald Glover. You may even remember, prior to Garfield’s casting, that Glover was frequently fancast in the role as comic book fans hoped for a new take on the Spider-Man legacy.
Even Garfield himself got in on the action recently, saying, “Miles Morales was a huge moment in this character’s comic book life. And I do believe that we can do that. It’s something I’m really interested in figuring out; an eloquent way of coexisting, or passing on the torch.”
Nope. Uh-uh. Not happening.
Producers Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach spoke to The Playlist and said:
No. The one thing you cannot do, when you have a phenomena that has stood the test of time, you have to be true to the real character inside – who is Peter Parker? What are the biggest effects on his life? Then you can draw in time, and you can consider today’s world in many ways. But to have multiple ones… I don’t know if you remember, but Marvel tried it. And it was almost the end of Spider-Man.
A flat “no” is what you get.
We’re not sure that Miles Morales, or any of the characters who took over the mantle, were “almost the end of Spider-Man,” but what they’re saying here almost proves that they should use Morales. “You have to be true to the real character inside.” Exactly. Spider-Man just isn’t a superhero in red-and-blue tights who shoots webs and saves the day. The reason we all love him is because he’s an every day guy. He wasn’t born with these powers. He’s not an alien from space. He’s not a billionaire. He’s just a normal kid, like us. So, why couldn’t that be passed along to Miles Morales?
Sadly, this also means that in just a few short years, we’ll have to deal with another Spider-Man reboot and yet another Spider-Man origin movie with Peter Parker. Isn’t it time we evolved past that?