Sony’s Spider-Man universe continues to move forward despite box office bombs and little public goodwill. His latest movie Morbius was something of a disaster and was meme in internet submission in general. Morbius followed a pair of Tom Hardy-led Venom films that, from all points of view, have their fans.
The studio’s next two releases in this universe are Madame Web and Kravenwith the Bad Bunny vehicle El Muerto also under construction. Sony’s shared universe is known for a lot of things, but chief among them is that it doesn’t contain a real Spider-Man yet. Theories and rumors have swirled that Tom Holland’s MCU native Peter Parker will star in one of these movies, but that remains to be seen.
However, with a recent casting for Mrs Web, has a new Spider-Man for the SSU been hiding in front of fans’ faces for the past few weeks?
Adam Scott – Sony’s new Spider-Man?
Speculation is rife that Parks and recreation star Adam Scott, who was cast for Sony Madame Web in July, could embody a variant of Peter Parker aka Spider-Man. Set photos have been captured of the actor looking decidedly Peter Parker-ish.
Check out some of Twitter’s theories and reactions to this potential casting below.
@Comic_Slap lays out the rumour, noting that Adam Scott could be playing an older, wiser version of the character than audiences may be used to:
“The rumors of Adam Scott playing an older, retired Peter Parker are exciting. I hope not, but I love the actor and he would be a cool, different take on the Peter we usually see in the movie. screen. If Sydney Sweeney plays Black Cat, I don’t anticipate them reuniting though.”
@frankienava33 says Scott playing Parker would be the thing that would bring them to the movies for Madame Web:
“The only reason I would watch Madame Web is if Adam Scott is Peter Parker… I never thought I’d need it but it’s so good!!”
@VLovesComics draws comparisons between Ben Wyatt, Scott’s character on Parks, and Peter Parker:
“I can’t help but think of Adam Scott as a retired Spider-Man, taking over one last time to help out, I’d love to see a new version of Spider-Man. Besides, I can’t I can’t help thinking that this Peter Parker is just Ben Wyatt.”
@HugoHouse7 want to see something like Into the Spider-Verse.
“Adam Scott is the perfect ‘old Peter’. If they can do it like they did in Spiderverse, it’ll be a cutting edge movie”
@PanicJrCress add fuel to the fire.
“After seeing those photos of Adam Scott Madame Web…oh man. Peter Parker’s adult agenda grows”
@NS616_ can see this happening if Scott is really playing Peter Parker:
“Wait, this is Adam Scott playing Peter Parker in Madame Web… I see the vision I’m really making”
Also, scooper @Greatphase15 claimed that Scott didn’t play Peter in Madame Web, in response to a message from another Twitter user who inquired about it. Of course, there’s no way to verify anything.
Scott as Spidey would be a much needed win
It’s no secret that many fans and members of the general public simply aren’t thrilled with Sony’s Spider-Man universe, with some going so far as to despise it. After all, at the very least, these films use characters, namely villains, that could be used in an MCU Spider-Man movie. Not to mention, compared to the competition, these Sony movies aren’t on the same caliber as other superhero fare.
But Adam Scott is a fan-favorite actor. Viewers loved him as buttoned-up but nerdy Ben on Parks and recreation and it looks like he has what it takes to take on the iconic role of Spider-Man, even if it’s a closer-to-retirement version of him.
It’s also important to consider that fans are very accepting of a 30- or 40-year-old Peter Parker. Look no further than Jake Johnson’s answer to Peter B. Parker from spider worms and the return of Tobey Maguire as the original cinematic web-slinger in Spider-Man: No Coming Home.
Sony wants a win. They want to be a player on set when it comes to superhero content. If they continue to function as they have, this is something that can be difficult to achieve. But if Adam Scott was really cast as an alternate universe Spider-Man, it could be a smart step in the right direction.
sony Madame Web will be released in theaters on October 6, 2023.