In what’s probably the single biggest piece of comic book movie news since the announcement of Batman v Superman, it was confirmed this morning that Spider-Man is finally allowed to return to his own universe on the big screen.
The widespread excitement at this news was dampened somewhat by the absence of Andrew Garfield’s name from Marvel’s announcement, which seems to implicitly confirm reports that the actor will not be reprising his role as Peter Parker.
So while Spider-Man is confirmed for an appearance in an upcoming Marvel Cinematic Universe movie, before getting his own new standalone film on July 28, 2017, it’ll be a different actor behind the mask – and potentially a different character, since Peter Parker’s name isn’t mentioned in this announcement either.
Garfield’s performance was one of the few elements in the Amazing Spider-Man reboots that was pretty universally praised, so following his admittedly brief tenure is a tall order. Who could slip into the Lycra next?