Daniel Radcliffe has played roles ranging from Harry Potter to Allen Ginsberg to Igor, but the actor admits he would have liked a chance to suit up as Marvel's famous wall-crawler.
"I would’ve been a good Spider-Man but the boat has sailed on that and I’m very happy to watch Tom Holland do it. He’s fantastic," Radcliffe told Metro. "I love superhero movies."
The 27-year-old actor, who concluded the blockbuster "Harry Potter" franchise in 2011, is well known for candid interviews about his career, which has most recently included roles in "Victor Frankenstein," "Swiss Army Man" and "Now You See Me 2."
Recently, when asked if he would return to his most famous role, his response was thoughtful and measured: “If we went back to Potter, there’s a chance we’d make what ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ was to the original ‘Star Wars,’ but there’s also the chance that we’d make ‘Phantom Menace.’"
The main obstacle preventing Radcliffe from taking a Marvel role seems to have everything to do with the time commitment. "I’m not sure if I’d sign up for something that was another seven or eight films or ten years," he said, "but a shorter franchise, yeah." Marvel often has its actors sign multi-film contracts, and after devoting his entire childhood to a single franchise, one can understand Radcliffe might be hesitant to make another long-term commitment.
Fans can next see Spider-Man, as played by Tom Holland, in "Spider-Man: Homecoming," which opens July 7, 2017.