The big questions coming out of the announcement of the new partnership between Sony and Marvel Studios over the Spider-Man film franchise essentially be boiled down to two things: why did it happen, and who's next? Variety cotinues to report on the matter, citing who they call undisclosed sources apparently close to the deal that reportedly sheds some light on how it came to this for Sony and who's being looked at to be, oddly enough, Marvel's first cinematic Spider-Man.
Variety states that while no actors have been approached, Teen Wolf's Dylan O'Brien and Percy Jackson's Logan Lerman are being considered for the role according to "sources with knowledge of the studio's plans."
That being said, according to the Hollywod trade Sony has yet to decide on two important factors before it begins casting: a director for their new Spider-Man film and also if Spider-Man will be Peter Parker or perhaps someone else.
Sony reportedly has final decision-making on factors like this, and Variety reports that Amazing Spider-Man director Marc Webb is out of contention in favor of new blood for the 2017 reboot.
Also, Variety voices what Newsarama and other outlets have been proposing, that Sony has options regarding the character playing Spider-Man, including Peter Parker of course, but also possibly Miles Morales.
Whatever route Sony chooses to go, Variety reports they're looking to spend more time in high school than any of the previous films.
As for how Sony got to the point to enlist Marvel Studios to help them make a superhero film blockbuster, Variety says that the fact that Amazing Spider-Man 2 didn't meet Sony's billion dollar projections played a large role in Sony rethinking their plans. Early signs of that shift came with the 2014 Comic-Con International: San Diego announcements, with the juggling of the now-cancelled Amazing Spider-Man 3 from 2016 to 2018, and the talk of spin-offs based on Venom, the Sinister Six and a female-fronted film to fill that gap.
The infamous Sony hack revealed talks between Sony and Marvel Studios about this possibility date back as far as October 2014, and after the January Sony meeting about the Spider-Man franchise they ultimately decided to pull the trigger on it.