The future of Spider-Man has been a major topic of discussion over the last few months, especially since Sony Pictures and Marvel reached a deal to finally bring everybody’s favorite web slinger over to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. We’ve heard reports of the possibilities of one actor being in final negotiations for the role as recently as last week and now that actor has seemingly made some timely comments online that he has since deleted.
Following reports that Marvel and Sony wanted a truly teenage Spider-Man, a number of frontrunners were revealed according to numerous reports. Last week then saw Latino Review reveal that Ender’s Game star Asa Butterfield was in final negotiations for the role, which was also backed up by a few other sources.
We haven’t heard anything else since then, but interestingly enough it appears Butterfield himself may have made some comments online through Reddit that could hint at the role, which he has now deleted. Thanks to ComicBook.com, we have documentation of those comments that were made through the account Stimpers, which was a verified Reddit account that he used two years ago for an AMA. Within the Reddit thread titled “Asa Butterfield Cast as the New Spider-Man,” Butterfield’s account made the following comments:
- “Well actually, I am 6′ tall.”
- “It’s all good man, I can’t expect everyone to know how tall I am. I mean sh*t, I don’t know how tall you are.”
The supposed Butterfield at some point after deleted these comments, which likely he was told to do by higher ups if he truly is in negotiations for the role. This isn’t the first time that he posted on Reddit about the role either, as he was campaigning for the role back when the announcement between Sony and Marvel was first made with comments like “I can do ‘thin little bespectacled dweeb’ pretty good, not far from myself” and even “I’M SO DOWN,” when he was asked if he was down for the role. Of course, someone else could have gotten control of his account since it was verified, but considering it was used to talk about the role before any talk of Butterfield and the role had started, it does seem pretty legit at this point.
With Captain America: Civil War filming and Spider-Man expected to have some sort of role in the movie, it would make sense for Marvel to make an announcement very soon. If by chance his role is only as an end-credits scene or something, Comic Con might make more sense for an announcement however.