With plenty of speculation surrounding the future of the Spider-Man franchise, especially what'll happen to the character when Andrew Garfield's contract runs out after the third movie in the current trilogy, producer Avi Arad has stepped in to address rumours that the franchise could follow the comic's lead and introduce a replacement for Peter Parker, saying:
The one thing you cannot do, when you have a phenomena that has stood the test of time, you have to be true to the real character inside – who is Peter Parker? What are the biggest effects on his life? Then you can draw in time, and you can consider today’s world in many ways. But to have multiple ones… I don’t know if you remember, but Marvel tried it. And it was almost the end of Spider-Man.
Earlier this week, Garfield had speculated that he'd like to see his Parker pass the Spider-Man torch along to a new character, replacing him in the series without the need to drop in a third Peter Parker in less than 15 years, but that looks to have been put to the sword by Arad's comments, which will undoubtedly lead to new speculation as to who will take up the role of the mild mannered photographer by day, and web-slinging super hero by night.