This summer, we witnessed our third Spider-Man of the past 15 years finally get his own solo film. Honestly, the film exceeded all expectations, with a whopping 92% on Rotten Tomatoes. Before Homecoming, we previously saw Holland appear as the web-slinger in Captain America: Civil War, but Homecoming was a brand new ball game for the actor.
Fans were anxious to find out if the Tom Holland would be the Peter Parker we have been waiting for, or if he would fall flat compared to previous Spider-Man stars Andrew Garfield and Toby Maguire. Given the strong reviews, it’s safe to say that Holland is our strongest Spidey yet — not to mention, Holland had quite a fight on his hands to land the role in the first place. After all, he was far from the only option Marvel and Sony considered for the web-slinger. The shortlist of actors in talks for the role included many of Hollywood’s most established young actors, including Nat Wolff and Asa Butterfield.
One particularly well-known actor who auditioned was Chandler Riggs, who is best known for the role of Carl in The Walking Dead.
Riggs hinted he auditioned but did not get the part with this cryptic tweet in June 2015. Soon after, Riggs confirmed on Facebook that he did indeed audition to play the web-shooter some months prior to his tweet.The real question is, did Sony and Marvel make the right decision in not casting Chandler Riggs? Riggs is undoubtedly an up-and-coming actor, and has been for quite some time now, thanks to The Walking Dead. Being cast as Spider-Man would have given Riggs the opportunity to spread his wings as an actor, making his career even more impressive that it already is.
Civil War and Homecoming earned Tom Holland’s portrayal of the wallcrawler scores of fans, and it’s strange to think we could’ve seen Riggs playing “Underoos” instead. While many only see Riggs the violent and sulky Carl, it would have been very intriguing to see him in such a different role. However, based on the fact that Riggs did not make it far into the casting process, we can only assume Marvel and Sony made the right choice in choosing Holland over Riggs.
All in all, while I can’t help but love Tom Holland’s Spidey, I can’t help but be a little curious about what Riggs would have been like in a comic-book role outside of The Walking Dead. Perhaps there are other Marvel characters he could do great as, such as Pyro in the X-Men or Wiccan from the Young Avengers. With so many superhero movies and TV shows in the works, I’m sure casting directors could find use for an actor as well-established as Riggs.