With Andrew Garfield’s contract only extending to The Amazing Spider-Man 3 and director Marc Webb planning to exit after the trilogy, it’s clear that the future of the franchise is wide open for a radical change in direction – although with Sinister Six and Venom movies on the cards, it can’t be so radical that it leaves Sony’s mini Marvel Cinematic Universe behind.
Speaking to Comic Book Resources, Garfield teased the possibility of Miles Morales – the black hispanic/latino American star of Brian Michael Bendis’ Ultimate Comics: Spider-Man, who replaces Peter Parker – as his own replacement.
“I have given that thought,” Garfield confirmed. “I think one of the amazing things about Spider-Man is that you don’t see skin colour when he’s in the suit. You don’t see any religious beliefs. You don’t see any denominations. Everyone can project themselves into that suit.
“It’s incredibly powerful in that way. So of course I think it’s important that the openness, the casting, in terms of who could be Spider-Man, could be absolutely anyone. A hero is a hero, whether you’re a man, woman, gay, lesbian, straight, black, white or red all over — it doesn’t matter.
“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. I don’t have an answer, but I think it’s actually a really important move. I think it’s a really beautiful and important move.”
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