Kodi Smit-McPheeWhile I always enjoyed watching Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker, there's something about a guy in his late 20s playing a high schooler that just doesn't jive.
Picking a younger actor could be key, and who's a better under-20 talent than Kodi Smit-McPhee? Plus, letting him fight crime alongside Robert Downey Jr. and Mark Ruffalo would make for an awesome contrast, don't you think?
Anton YelchinAnton Yelchin is best known for his performances in the new Star Trek franchise, but there's no reason why he couldn't cross over to the superhero world. He's got the youthful look that would work for a slightly younger Spider-Man, he's always enjoyable to watch on screen, and is great at bringing humor into his performances, even during more serious moments - which is key for Spidey.
Dylan O'BrienDylan O'Brien has been a popular fan pick since before the new Spider-Man was even announced. Most of this is due to his role on Teen Wolf, but he gained an even bigger fan base with The Maze Runner.
He's got the youthful look of a younger Spidey and some sizeable fan support already built in, which could be key to this move working out.
Tony RevoloriTony Revolori absolutely killed his role in The Grand Budapest Hotel, helping to carry a movie that had a different esteemed actor in every scene. Holding his own among those guys shows that he'd have no problem standing alongside Downey Jr., Chris Evans and the rest.
Plus, he's young and doesn't bring with him too many other roles for comparison and expectation-building, like many of the other candidates would.
Asa ButterfieldAs far as talented actors under 18 go, Asa Butterfield is as good of a choice as any. He's shown he can act with movies such as Hugo and The Boy With The Striped Pajamas, and while it didn't receive rave reviews, Ender's Game showed that he is adept at stepping into an established franchise.
If they really want to play up the young webslinger, Butterfield is the guy to go with.
Evan RossYou may have only seen Evan Ross in The Hunger Games, but he was very impressive in The Wilderness of James, playing a kid who was one with his urban environment. More than any other hero, Spider-Man and New York are intertwined, so Ross would have no problem getting that part down.
Grant GustinIt's been decided that Grant Gustin won't be the big screen Flash, despite rave reviews for his performance on the show, so there's no reason why Marvel shouldn't try to sweep him into their cinematic universe. He's already shown he can play a hero, and the Flash and Spider-Man have plenty of similarities, so why not give him a shot?