Marvel Comics, in an effort to cast a "more diverse selection" of actors to play their lead roles, has selected Will Smith to star in the upcoming 2016 film, Spider-Man: Return to Innocence. Picking up the reigns from Andrew Garfield, Smith says he hopes to bring a new dynamic to the comic book series that has never been seen before in Marvel Comics productions.
The new film, a slightly altered retelling of the hit Spider-Man musical Turn Off the Dark (2011), hopes to cast the arachnid character in a more positive light. Director Spike Lee told reporters last Monday that "everything in Marvel Comics' history has led up to this moment." When asked about past actors who have worn the spidey suit, Lee only laughed. "They were all amateurs," he explained, "and they should be forgotten."
During a press conference with the new cast, Will Smith said he has always dreamed of being a super hero. None of his past roles could ever compare to the prestige of Spider-Man. The star-studded cast of Return to Innocence was officially announced on Wednesday. Supporting Smith on the silver screen will be love-interest Dakota Fanning, side-kick John Stamos, and a mysterious character dubbed "The Butcher" played by Macaulay Culkin. Playing the part of the villain, a crazed centaur named "Dirty Mike," will be none other than action superstar Dwayne Johnson.
At first, fans attending the press conference expressed shock and disappointment at the casting selections. Their fears were laid to rest when legendary writer Stan Lee stepped up to the microphone and said that the movie aims to please an older generation and will be set primarily in a Swedish brothel. As expected with any Spider-Man movie, it will be rated R and feature gratuitous amounts of male nudity. Those hoping to take their children to see the movie will have to wait for 2016's other notable comic book film, Iron Man 4: Revenge of the Sith, which will reportedly be rated PG.
Filming is expected to begin in Stockholm on January 1st, 2016.