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February 10, 2015

Marvel-Sony ‘Spider-Man’: Who should play the new Spidey?

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Who should take over the role of Spider-Man from Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield in the upcoming "Spider-Man" collaboration between Marvel and Sony Pictures? Click through the gallery for a look at some of Hero Complex's picks. (Sony Pictures)

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Logan Lerman
The "Percy Jackson" alumnus is only 23 years old, but he has more than 15 years of acting experience, including films such as "3:10 to Yuma," "The Perks of Being a Wallflower" and "Noah." His recent turn as a naive and inexperienced soldier in "Fury" won him praise on the film festival circuit. Lerman was considered for the Peter Parker role that went to Andrew Garfield. Many fans think he's worth a second look. (Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times)

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Donald Glover
Who says Spider-Man has to be Peter Parker? In fact, it was a fan-led campaign for "Community" star Donald Glover (also known as Childish Gambino in the music world) to play Spider-Man in Marc Webb's 2012 reboot that influenced Brian Michael Bendis and Axel Alonso in their creation of Miles Morales, a teenager of black Latino descent who becomes the Marvel Ultimate Universe version of Spider-Man. Webb, of course, cast Andrew Garfield instead of Glover, but after five Spidey films, perhaps it's time for a fresh take and a fresh face. (Jordan Strauss / Associated Press)

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Elle Fanning
Wait ... what? If you haven't been reading Spider-Man lately, you might not know that Spider-Gwen is the most popular version of the hero from the Spider-verse storyline going on. In this version, Stacy, who was played by Emma Stone in the latest movies, is the one who gets bitten by a radioactive spider instead of her friend Peter Parker. Parker died trying to be special like Gwen, and she took it hard. Despite having a cop as a father, or maybe because of it, she became Spider-Woman. Fannning has the acting chops (see "Super 8," "Ginger & Rosa" or anything she's in), the youth, and a little of the gawkiness needed to be Spider-Woman. (Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times)

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Ansel Elgort
The rising star tried his hand at action opposite Shailene Woodley in "Divergent," but is better known for his role as a cancer patient in "The Fault in Our Stars," which earned him a slew of Teen Choice Awards. (Bob Chamberlin / Los Angeles Times)

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Anton Yelchin
Known in the genre entertainment world for his performance as Chekov in the "Star Trek" films, Yelchin is one of the hardest-working young actors in the business, appearing in some 17 feature films over the last four years. Plus, Yelchin could pull off the nerdy Peter Parker as well as the spandex-clad Spidey. (Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times)

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Michael B. Jordan
Though he's playing Johnny Storm in Fox's upcoming "Fantastic Four" reboot, that didn't stop Chris Evans from playing Captain America. And Michael B. Jordan, whose previous credits include "The Wire," "Friday Night Lights" and "Chronicle," would make a fantastic Miles Morales. (Ricardo DeAratanha / Los Angeles Times)

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Aaron Paul
The 35-year-old "Breaking Bad" veteran could play a version of Spider-Man who has already established himself as a crime-fighting force. After all, we've seen the origin story twice on the big screen. Perhaps it's time to move past a teenage Spidey and let Paul take a crack at the fast-talking hero. (Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times)

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Jeremy Irvine
The 24-year-old English actor earned international notice for his portrayal of a young World War I soldier in Steven Spielberg's 2011 film adaptation of the play "War Horse." And for the 2013 film "The Railway Man," Irvine dropped nearly 30 pounds and performed his own torture scene stunts. Something tells us he's got the chops to play Marvel's web-slinger. (Stuart C. Wilson / Getty Images)

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Alfred Enoch
"Harry Potter" fans will recognize Enoch as Hogwarts student Dean Thomas. Now appearing in the popular series "How to Get Away With Murder," Enoch has the youthful exuberance to pull off a young Miles Morales. (Arnold Turner / Associated Press)

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Gael Garcia Bernal
The "Mozart in the Jungle" star is a good candidate to play an older version of Miles Morales, and he has shown he has the acting chops to pull it off. (Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times)

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Miles Teller
Another fan favorite for the Peter Parker role, "Whiplash" actor Miles Teller is already immersed in the superhero world as Reed Richards in Fox's "Fantastic Four." Though it's unlikely he'd appear as both nerds-turned-superheroes, he does possess Peter Parker's sarcastic, smart-alecky vibe. (Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times)

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Camren Bicondova
Currently playing Selina Kyle on "Gotham," she has shown her catlike athleticism (she's also a dancer) and an ability to face bigger, stronger opponents without flinching. She's still a fresh face, and can convey the toughness, smarts and outsider quality that a Spider-Woman (Gwen Stacy-version) would probably need. (Jessica Miglio / Fox)

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Tyler James Williams
In his most recent role as Noah in "The Walking Dead," Williams plays a soft-spoken, kindhearted survivor. The "Everybody Hates Chris" actor has shown he can do emotional and funny in equal measure, which might make him a good fit for Miles Morales. (Frederick M. Brown / Getty Images)

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Darren Criss
The self-professed Comic-Con junkie is best known for his performance in "Glee," but we can picture him in red and blue, swinging above the streets of New York. (Joe Scarnici / Getty Images)

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Daniel Radcliffe
It has been nearly four years since Radcliffe portrayed The Boy Who Lived on the big screen, and the "Harry Potter" star has moved on, with credits that include "Horns," "The Woman in Black" and "Kill Your Darlings." Plus, we were impressed by his mad rap skills. We're not saying he's a perfect fit for Peter Parker, but we are saying it would be fun. (Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times)

Sony and Marvel Studios have spun a deal that will introduce Spider-Man to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, first in an unspecified Marvel film and then headlining his own movie in 2017. But who will play the iconic web-slinger?

Fans are already rallying behind their favorite actors, with many pointing to “Percy Jackson” alumnus Logan Lerman, who was at one point a contender for the role that went to “The Amazing Spider-Man” actor Andrew Garfield, and to “Community” actor Donald Glover (also known as Childish Gambino), who was an inspiration for Marvel’s Ultimate Universe version of Spider-Man, Miles Morales.

Others are calling for Tobey Maguire to return to the role he originated in Sam Raimi’s 2002 blockbuster and subsequent sequels. And many want Garfield to continue in the role he’s inhabited since 2012’s reboot; last year’s sequel, “The Amazing Spider-Man 2,” grossed $706 million worldwide.

MORE: Marvel and Sony team up to bring Spider-Man to MCU

Hero Complex compiled 15 casting choices, including Lerman, Glover and plenty of other actors who are older, younger, lesser-known or unexpected.

Take a closer look at each of our choices in the gallery above, and vote for your favorite in the poll below. Or, if we left out your favorite candidate, let us know in the comments section.

— Noelene Clark and Jevon Phillips | @LATHeroComplex

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