The Amazing Spider-Man 2, the second film in the rebooted Spider-Man trilogy, hits theaters this week, and a third and supposedly last film starring Andrew Garfield as the webslinger is scheduled for 2016. The franchise is nowhere near done with Sony already planning Venom and Sinister Six spin-offs to flesh it out some more, yet audiences are already wondering who will be the next to don the Spidey costume.
Garfield, for what it's worth, recently suggested passing the torch from Peter Parker to Miles Morales – the current iteration of Ultimate Spider-Man in the comics. The idea is definitely an interesting one since Morales, as a 13-year-old Black Hispanic kid, was met with much applause for making Spider-Man a racially diverse character.
But it seems from an interview with The Playlist that producers Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach have other plans about where the franchise will go, and sadly it doesn't involve passing the torch to anyone while they're still in charge. When asked if another Spider-Man will take Peter Parker's place, Arad answered:
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.
While the original Spider-Man trilogy had its own share of problems, and the new trilogy has attempted to better them, those issues began and ended with the story itself. A new trilogy with a new Spider-Man would have the benefit of starting over, without simply rebooting the franchise yet again somewhere down the line. In other words, there is only so many times you can watch the same premise.
Arad is right, however, that being true to a character is very important. This is why telling Peter Parker's story is more important than him simply being Spider-Man, and why the story of another Spider-Man, whether it be Miles Morales, Ben Reilly (clone Spider-Man) or Miguel O'Hara, could be just as important. After all, Spider-Man is not just a superhero, he's also a 'man' underneath the costume.
What do you think Screen Rant readers? Should Peter Parker be the end to Spider-Man or would you want to see another character wear the suit?
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 opens in U.S. theaters on May 2nd, 2014, followed by The Amazing Spider-Man 3 on June 10th, 2016.
Source: The Playlist