Though he has a multi-picture deal to play Spider-Man, the news that Spider-Man is now part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe indicated that Andrew Garfield will not return to the role.
This announcement was not part of the official press release from Marvel and Sony, but rather a speculative statement made at The Hollywood Reporter during its reporting of the story. Though it may be considered rumor, knowing how studios like to make their mark with every major deal, it does seem to be the most likely route Marvel will go, and it does bring up some interesting questions on who will play the wall crawler.
Crossing fingers that the MCU Spidey will be Miles instead of Peter. God how great that would be.
— Scott Kurtz (@pvponline) February 10, 2015
I think there are more than a few people who share Mr. Kurtz thoughts on this. Moments after the announcement #milesmorales started trending on Twitter. Having Miles Morales as Spider-Man may be a good move for Marvel, but may be a no go from Sony who still retains all rights to the franchise. In the deal, Sony will retain final creative control, as well as distributing, financing, and owning the movies.
If Andrew Garfield is out, here’s hoping there was something written into his contract that gives him a big payday on termination of the contract.
So, time to let your minds run wild. Who do you want to see play Spider-Man?