Evan Agostini/Invision/AP; Marvel
by Seija Rankin | Wed., Jun. 24, 2015 12:04 PM
Evan Agostini/Invision/AP; Marvel
Yesterday Marvel announced the actor who will play the next Spider-Man, and today comes the backlash.
Tom Holland, who was fairly unknown before this week, will take on the role of Peter Parker for both the Spider-Man reboot and the upcoming Captain America: Civil War. He seems like a perfectly nice kid, but his casting really struck a nerve with Marvel fans. Like, really struck a nerve.
Concerned citizens took to Twitter, naturally, to voice their very strong opinions about what they believe is a total travesty. Sorry, Tom, but you're not going to like what we're about to say.
In a nutshell, their complaints are threefold. First, fans are upset that a comic book movie yet again chose a white male for a lead. With the recent introduction of the mixed-race Miles Morales character to the Marvel Universe, it (almost) seemed like it was high time for a casting a little less predictable.
Next up on the list of grievances is Holland's age. Actually make that his perceived age. Peter Parker is supposed to be a teenager, but fans seem to think he's just a bit too, um, youthful?
Finally, people are pissed that we're even talking about another Spider-Man casting at all. Even though this reboot was announced back in February, the fact that yet another Peter Parker will be gracing the big screen (and not, say, Black Widow) is ruffling a lot of fan feathers. But don't take our word for it—we'll let the people do the talking.
As a massive Andrew Garfield fan I'm extremely disappointed with the new #spiderman humph 😞— Mrs. Wahlberg (@blondiedevaney) June 24, 2015
I try not to criticize casting choices, but this is the perfect time for Miles Morales to enter the Marvel Cinematic Universe. #spiderman— Richard Whiting (@RichWhiting) June 24, 2015
Another teenaged #SpiderMan!? We've been down this path twice. Should have casted someone in their late-20s. Or go the Miles Morales route.— Dawson MacMillan (@DawsonMac) June 24, 2015
So is the new #SpiderMan going for a younger audience like the kind that can't even see a PG13 movie in theaters? Cause he looks that young— Megan Busch (@meg_busch) June 24, 2015
At the rate that #SpiderMan is getting younger every film, Peter Parker will be a fetus by the time Avengers Infinity Wars is released.— Josh Gad (@joshgad) June 23, 2015
I'm not saying they should be making a Black Widow movie but they should be making a Black Widow movie. #SpiderMan— Niki Rokicki (@nikirokicki) June 24, 2015
#SpiderMan is starting to feel like what happens if you dye your hair too much: we know it's you, slightly changed, but fried at this point.— Farah Joan (@LaParadiddle) June 24, 2015
While I do love #SpiderMan and will love the Petter Parker story line (yet again) I am disappointed we don't get a cinematic miles morales— Benjamin Norris (@Benjfnorris) June 24, 2015
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