Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Google+ Share on Reddit Share on Pinterest Share on Linkedin Share on Tumblr When Marvel and Sony reached their agreement earlier this year, it was bad news for Andrew Garfield: the latest actor to play Spider-Man was for the chop, as Marvel Studios wanted a new direction. As Feige makes clear, the idea here is to take Spider-Man back to his roots as a teenager in high school who stumbles into the harshest lesson of all: with great power comes great responsibility. And Andrew Garfield just wasn’t the right fit for the webbed tights. Yesterday, rumours began to circulate that Asa Butterfield is the front-runner for the part. Now, before we say it’s a done deal, Deadline are also reporting that there are four other candidates in the mix. The choice of the 18-year-old Butterfield pretty much confirms Kevin Feige’s earlier comments about wanting a younger spider. It’s a smart move from Marvel. Although they have countless teen heroes, the Marvel Cinematic Universe has been dominated by adults, and it’s fitting for Spider-Man to blaze the trail. What’s more, the films have been seriously lacking in the kind of ‘everyman’ hero that Spider-Man, at his best, has always been. At the same time, the decision will undoubtedly force a key change in one of Marvel’s flagship stories; ‘Captain America: Civil War’. One of the iconic moments of the comic-book was of Peter Parker unmasking, a moment that just wouldn’t work for a fresh-faced teenage hero. So some fans are irritated; but frankly, without Spider-Man’s story building up in the Marvel Cinematic Universe first, the tension level there would have been pretty low anyway. Check out our discussion on the cast list for Marvel’s Civil War! Time will tell whether or not Asa Butterfield gets the role; but the news that he’s in the frame confirms a lot about the future of the Marvel Cinematic Univere. Source: Deadline Check out more news and discussion on the Marvel Cinematic Universe! Read more by Tom!